How to Choose Between Commercial Locksmith Companies
As a business owner, you have a lot to think about. You wear many different hats as you move through your busy days.
Security is important to you, your employees, and your customers. And while many business owners install sophisticated alarm systems and create authenticating processes to access their most sensitive data, they often forget that the easiest way in is through the front door.
If someone has access to a key, all they have to do is turn the lock, and they can walk right in.
So, who has keys to your space? How long has it been since you’ve changed the locks and leveled up your security? It may be time to call in a commercial locksmith.
Why should you hire a pro instead of doing it yourself? And how do you know who to trust? Who will ensure you have the best technology while helping you maintain your budget in the process?
Consider these tips.
Choose a locksmith instead of doing it yourself
It seems simple enough. You’ve had a breach, so you want a new lock on the front door. Why not find one online and have it mailed to your location? Your maintenance team can install it.
The simplest reason is security: do you trust do-it-yourself strategies to protect your core business? Can you trust the lock you purchased to prevent criminals from entering your property? Do you know everything there is to know about security?
Like other industries, a commercial locksmith does more than add a new lock to the front door. They train to become security experts, can help evaluate your location, and make recommendations to keep your property safe.
Choose a locksmith that is well known in the community
Commercial locksmiths offer a wide variety of products and services. If you haven’t talked with a locksmith before, you might be surprised at the number of services offered.
But don’t let national chains fool you; having a locksmith in your local community is important. If you have a commercial locksmith close by, they will respond quickly to your emergencies. And if you choose local, they will also have the appropriate insurance and licenses for your area.
Choose a locksmith that is licensed and insured
Did you know there are currently 15 states that require locksmiths to be licensed? Did you know Oregon is one of them?
If 15 states require licensing to operate a locksmith business, there must be a reason. Think about what you entrust a locksmith with: the security of your business, your data, your employees, and sometimes your life.
Before you trust just anyone for the job, do a little research first. You can check with the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, and even do a Google search to find more about the locksmith you’re considering.
Choose a locksmith with a personal touch
The ultimate purpose of a business is to grow and increase profits. For some locksmiths, the better they do, the more products and services they add. They often move away from their core beliefs, looking for ways to grow their bottom lines instead of becoming the best in the business.
Sure, it’s nice to find one-stop contractors that can handle all of your needs – install new locks, fix a window, and add new lights – all at the same time. But are they keeping up with technology? Do they have the best advice for your situation?
When you stick with a commercial locksmith who stays within the industry, we stay focused for a reason. When you get to know us, you’ll get to know the people within our business. We maintain our certifications and stay on top of the latest trends.
Think of us as part of your security team; we’re here to give you peace of mind.
Choose a locksmith that provides a variety of services
What does a commercial locksmith do? We’re glad you asked. There are a variety of things you can do on your property to ensure it’s more secure. When was the last time your security was evaluated? Are your systems old and out of date? We can evaluate the current lock systems you have in place and show you the best way to upgrade to increase security.
Do you have different areas that need separate levels of security? Why not install a high-security system and issue restricted keys to only those who need them?
Who has keys to your property? Do you know how many have gone missing, or are with employees or vendors who are no longer associated with your company? We can help by either rekeying your existing system or replacing the system to ensure that only the right people have proper access permissions.
Here’s another thing people often miss: are you ADA compliant? Whether you currently have employees with disabilities or not, it’s still important to ensure your business meets all federal regulations. That includes having disabled door operators as well.
Looking for ways to keep data or medical equipment safe? There are specific locks for those.
How about electrified locks or panic systems? We can help ensure all of those are working and in optimal condition. If you want to explore more for creating a safe environment within your commercial space, give us a call.
Choose a locksmith that’s available when you need it most
When do emergencies happen? If you said “at the most inopportune time” you’re correct. Emergencies rarely happen 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. Nothing can be more frustrating than having an emergency and calling in to hear a recording tell you, “We’ll get back to you during normal business hours.”
Commercial locksmiths are like every other business – they have normal operating hours to service your business related questions.
When dealing with routine issues, normal business hours do just fine, but you should also ensure your locksmith is available 24/7 in emergency situations. Because waiting days – even hours – can sometimes be too late.
Choose a locksmith that adheres to high standards
A commercial locksmith should also care about maintaining a reputable business and be able to show you how involved they are in building that reputation. We’re a part of the ALOA Security Professionals Association. This organization is dedicated to ensuring locksmith and security industry professionals adhere to a certain level of excellence and ethics.
To us, this is important. We not only wish to create the highest standards within our business, but we also want to show you our commitment to safety.
How safe is your business? What can a commercial locksmith do for you? Let’s find out together.