The theft of copper from construction sites, along with other metals, tools and equipment, is fast becoming a nationwide epidemic. This has prompted contractors to re-evaluate their security measures and, in many cases, to implement measures that will provide more protection and security.
Among many solutions available, key control and management systems are an effective way to help fight theft. Valuable materials can be kept under lock and key in storage areas, out of prominent view of potential thieves. Access to keys to unlock storage areas can be restricted through an automated key control system that will release keys only to pre-authorized users. The system will also provide tracking information so that management will have a record of who accessed keys and when, making it easier to investigate any incidents.
Efficient and cost-effective, automated key control and management systems were designed as a replacement for manual tracking and storage of keys. Keys are attached to a locking mechanism that is virtually tamper proof, and access and return of keys is electronically monitored. This type of locking system will thwart the possibility of anyone attempting to keep a key after use and replace it with a counterfeit key. Key cabinets with electronic monitoring will also prevent an employee from inadvertently taking a key home at the end of the day instead of returning it.
Modern key management systems offer a variety of secure access options including PIN codes, biometrics and card access. Key control systems can also be custom configured to accommodate the special needs of a construction site. For example, a subcontractor can be authorized to access a storage room key only at certain times and for a specific amount of time. When the system is connected to an IP network, management has remote access to the key control box and can release a key without having to physically be on site.
Controlling valuable material on a construction site is made easier by locking it safely away and controlling access to keys.