There are a number of different door entry systems available in the UK and they’re all slightly different, but they all serve the same essential function: restricting access to a particular area so that only individuals with the appropriate clearance or permissions can enter.
Door entry systems are a versatile security measure commonly found at the entrances to office buildings and blocks of flats. If you want to learn more about how door entry systems are used in these specific places, click the links down below.
Door Entry Systems for Flats Office Door Entry Systems
Door entry systems are generally used because they’re more convenient than keys. Here’s an example of a situation where a door entry system would be far a preferable to a typical lock:
In the event of a security breach, where an unauthorised individual has gained access to a restricted area, action must be taken to remove that person's access. If this area involves a door with a physical lock, the lock will need to be changed to make the old keys useless. Changing the security code on a door entry system is quick and costs nothing, and once it's done, only those with the new passcode will have access. Changing a lock, on the other hand, means waiting for a locksmith to come out and cutting new keys for each authorised individual.
When to Change Your Security Code
Personnel Turn Over
Do you have a high turnover of staff who frequently need to enter and exit your premises? If you do, it might be a good idea to change the security code each time someone leaves. The higher your staff turnover, the more regularly you should be changing the door code - you don't want loads of former employees out there who all know your security code.
Of course, it may not be feasible to change the security code every time an employee (or tenant) is replaced - if that's the case, we recommend changing the security code every 2 months or so, or sooner if there’s a particularly disgruntled individual who might pose a security risk if their access is not revoked.
Alternative Security Systems
What alternative security systems do you have in place? If a door entry system is your only line of defence, it’s important to be vigilant and stay on top of changing the security code on a regular basis. If you have other systems in place to secure the premises, the need to regularly change the code is less urgent (although it should still be done as regularly as is reasonably possible).
Security vs Practicality
How many people will you need to inform when you change your security code? If you have hundreds of staff entering your building every day, regularly changing the entry codes could be a logistical nightmare, with even one break in the chain of communication potentially leaving a lot of people unaware of the update and locked out of the building. In this kind of situation, it's best if the code is not changed more than necessary; less frequent passcode changes should mean that there is enough time to make a proper plan and spread the key information to those who need it.
There are lots of things that should be taken into consideration when deciding when to change your pass code, but we recommend changing it once every 6 to 12 months at the very least.
If you’re interested in installing a door entry system at the door to your build, or if you are looking for more information about what you can expect from a door entry system, IDS Security can help.
Door Entry Systems from IDS
There are all sorts of different security systems available to help you protect your premises from trespassers. If you’re not sure what type of system would work best for you, reach out to IDS Security for a free, no-obligation security survey today. Our first-class engineers will come to your premises to conduct a survey and recommend the best security solution for your requirements. Click the link below to book your FREE security survey!
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