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The Five Features of an Alarm Lock


At The Flying Locksmiths, we are huge fans of alarm lock card access systems. They are the perfect solution for anyone who is looking to upgrade to a card access system for their office space or commercial facility. Switch over to ID badges or a pin code instead of providing keys and constantly rekeying locks. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is! This will allow your building to monitor various elements with this type of system and have complete access control. As your local commercial security experts, we’ve detailed the 5 most significant benefits of alarm locks below.

Typically, a user with an alarm lock system uses either a prox card or a pin code, but you can actually have both! If you have a room in your facility that requires additional security, you can specify that the door requires both a pin and a prox card for entry. This ensures that a stolen card or pin code can not be used, without verification from the other credential. Having both options will increase the security of your office space. As commercial locksmiths, we highly recommend this option!

A toggle code is a specific code that will let the user leave the lock in an open or closed state. This means you can have a special card or pin code that has the option to leave the door open for any length of time. This means that if you are moving boxes or products into a space for an extended period of time, you would not have to keep entering a code to obtain entry. Also, you would have the option to lock the door earlier, if needed. With a holiday or long weekend, you may have a day that your office closes earlier than normal. If the alarm lock is programmed to lock at 5:00 PM, you could use your toggle card or code to lock it earlier.

We all know you can access reports and pull information from the system, but most users hardly ever access the reports. Take a few minutes to read through your audit trails. Look for access entries or denied requests so you can address issues before they become a bigger problem. Not only can this save you lots of headaches and potential service calls, but it could even prevent attempted burglary! This feature will allow you to continually control access to your commercial office.

Your alarm lock system can now be upgraded to wireless! The new wireless units will co-exist with existing units that are not wireless, so they can all be managed on the same database. Even better, you can purchase a package that will upgrade your existing locks to wireless units!

Want to give someone access to your space, without having to circle back later and revoke their access? Give them a one time code! This code is pretty self-explanatory, it is essentially just a pin code that can be used once and then rendered “off” by the system after it’s used. It’s a great way to give contractors access to a space on a weekend.


Do you have questions about your current alarm lock system or want to upgrade or replace your system? Contact the security experts at The Flying Locksmiths. We want to ensure that you have complete access control and security within your office space. We look forward to hearing from you!