If you are in charge of a college’s residence halls, you’re sure to have hired students as Resident Assistants, and other trust positions. At one time or another, you’ve given your master keys to the dormitories to your Resident Assistants and various maintenance staff in order to conduct service requests and routine inspections or move-ins/check-outs. Believe it or not, without proper security procedures, this is very dangerous and potentially costly for the college.
Recent news from The State University of New York at Stony Brook reveals that over $30,000 was stolen from students’ dormitories during the interval a bit before, during, and a bit after spring break. Students boast on their newsletter of having copies of the master key – the university decided to change all the dormitory locks.
A similar incident is reported by Eastern Michigan University, in which the residence hall director lent the master keys to an outsourced maintenance staff. The maintenance worker left a cart unattended with the master keys on it and someone stole the keys which forced the university to change all 228 of its dormitory locks.
However, sometimes, the theft of dormitory master keys can happen right in front of your resident assistant’s eyes! This is the case as reported by Sacramento State University. The master keys were left on the front desk of the resident hall and someone merely took it. The university also had to change all its dormitory locks.
Despite the overwhelming costs of changing dormitory locks every time a mastery key is illegally copied or stolen – a stolen master key can lead to residential crimes which could extend beyond simple theft. What can you do to prevent your residence hall’s master keys from being stolen? C.Q.R.iT has the answer.
We offer innovative electronic key lockers and safes which can securely store your master keys! Everytime the electronic key safe is accessed, the event is logged. Access can be granted to authorized users via key-card, PIN, facial or fingerprint recognition! You can also remove and add authorized users easily – or even schedule a future removal of authorized users (thus you can authorize outsourced staff and schedule removal of authorization once the day is over, allowing you to be free and not having to manually remove authorization after his job is done). If you’d like to learn more contact us today or request a demo!