Master keying is a technique in the locksmith industry that is mainly used by commercial businesses, condominiums, and apartment complexes.
The purpose of a master key system is to have 1 key that will work many different locks while still maintaining the individuality of each lock.
Condominiums and Apartment complexes use a master key system for many reasons.
Many owners or renters do not live in their residence all year long.
Emergencies – such as flooding of bathrooms, sinks, or air conditioner units while the homeowner or renter is away.
Pest control spraying while owner is away
Repairs while owner is away
Emergencies usually occur at the most inopportune times. Having a master key system allows access to your home while you are not available to be at the property.
In emergency cases (like flooding), having a master key system prevents having to have your lock broken into to gain access to your home. Having an emergency in your home and then arriving only to see that your door has been broken down or your lock destroyed can be very frustrating as well as costly. Having to wait at home every time a monthly maintenance is to be performed can be very disrupting to your busy schedule. Having a master key system, allows maintenance items to be done in your home while you are away.
Businesses use a master key system for many reasons also.
You only want certain employees to have access to specific rooms or offices.
Cleaning services need access to many different locations and having one key enables them to do so.
Large or small businesses can go through many employees at any given time and by having a master key system, the cost for having to hire a locksmith will be less expensive. Whether terminating an employee, or completing a contracting project, by having a master key system in place enables you to only change the locks that the person or companies have been given access to rather than having to change the locks on every single door.
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