(281)-978-2588(281) 978-2588

What if your Employee Loses your Commercial Establishment’s Key?

It’s absolutely essential that your office is secure and protected from theft. This includes ensuring that your employees maintain strict security standards as well. This importantly includes keeping a close hold on all keys to your business. If your employee loses your keys, there’s a series of strict protocols that should be enacted in order to ensure that your commercial establishment is truly protected from the myriad of serious security risks that could affect it. Here’s a guide on exactly what to do if your employee loses your business’ key, from the commercial security experts here at Golden Locksmith.

What type of key was lost?

First determine what sort of key was lost. Most offices have multiple points of locked entry for a layered security plan. There’s usually a building key, then a specific office suite key, and sometimes a key for a specific office inside the suite. Many times the building or suite key is a magnetic card rather than traditional key. Sometimes all of these keys are security keys, meaning that they cannot be easily or legally copied. If the employee loses ALL of the entry keys, it can be a much larger cost and serious security risk than if just the office suite or office key was lost.

Lock and Key Replacement

When you determine what type of key was lost, you need to rekey all the locks and keys for the areas affected. If the security key for the building entrance was lost, all key holders for the building will need to return their old keys and get new ones, or at least have their keycard reprogrammed. We recommend hiring a team of licensed locksmiths like those at Golden Locksmith who can provide the easiest solution in as fast a method as possible. You will need to notify all building tenants of the key loss and ensure that all internal doors are locked, and that the locksmith arrives as soon as possible. Then, you will need to replace the suite key – which is usually easier, as only the key holders for the suite will need their keys replaced or key cards reprogrammed. Regarding the internal office key, we recommend rekeying the lock rather than fully replacing it, as there’s a series of other security barriers that an individual will have to pass through before being able to enter the area.