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5 Reasons to Invest in Commercial Access Control

Convince the decision-makers to loosen the purse strings with these five compelling arguments

If you own a commercial property or run a business, you’ll probably be familiar with the idea of access control. Perhaps you’re keen on the idea, but the powers that be are reluctant to break the bank for a high-end system. Perhaps you still need a bit of convincing yourself; it’s a significant investment, after all.

Either way, our five-point guide to the benefits of commercial access control will be sure to do the job for you.

1. Staff safety

This first point really can’t be overstated. People need to feel comfortable in their place of work, and an access control system is as sure a way as any to ensure that’s the case. By restricting access to employees only, you’re essentially betting on your own judgement.

Help everyone who works at and visits your premises to feel completely comfortable by investing in reliable access control.

2. Reduce the risk of theft

Another seriously obvious one, but a lot of people don’t quite appreciate just how damaging a break in could be. No-one who’s been burgled ever knows it’s coming, and a high percentage of them probably think “that won’t happen to me”.

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But what if it does? Not only could you lose all of your office’s valuable equipment, but you also risk compromising all of your secure data. Let’s suppose someone breaks in with a bit more specialist knowledge than your stereotypical burglar. Someone who knows what they’re doing could well gain access to your systems and even end up stealing your company’s bank details.

Clearly, it’s just not worth the risk.

3. Keep track

Many access control systems will leave a helpful breadcrumb trail that, should the worst happen, can prove extremely useful. Thanks to the ability to track who’s accessing the building at various different times, you can be sure that you’re fully aware of everything that’s going on.

This measure is generally viewed as damage control, but ignore it and you’re opening yourself up for a whole new problem. At least if something does go wrong, you’ve got a very clear audit trail to follow.

4. Security levels

Apart from creating the obvious parallels between real life and your favourite spy film, having different levels of security for different individuals within your organisation is definitely worthwhile.

That way, the only people who can access certain areas have that access. There is absolutely nothing wrong with restricting access to your most prized assets, leaving them in the hands of a select few responsible individuals.

5. Leave the keys at home

You’re telling us you’ve never experienced key-related drama? We don’t believe you.

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Losing keys, forgetting keys, keys breaking, ex-employees not returning keys… do we need to continue? While keys represent a very sound invention that has more than stood the test of time, there is now a better alternative.

Not only do you not need to worry about where any lost keys may have ended up, you also get to choose a convenient means of access for everyone. Office full of smartphone users? Employees who all have fingerprints? Thought so!

Matrix Fire & Security

If you would like to find out more about whether Matrix Fire & Security’s commercial access control solutions are right for you, give us a call on 01296 614 440 or fill out an online contact form.

We are always open to talking about our products, so feel free to get in touch even if you’re still in the decision-making process. Our team of experts will offer their impartial advice on what’s best for your situation.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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