We have a lot of confidential corporate information in our office that we need to keep secure. Having key codes is hard because a lot of the staff forget them regularly and end up writing them down, which ends up making our office a lot less safe! As a result, we have switched to using fingerprint and facial recognition security which is working a lot better. It's not like people can forget to bring their faces into work! This blog has some tips on how to switch your office to using more modern security options like fingerprint scanners and facial recognition security.
Sometimes you'll need to provide your child with their own set of keys so they can let themselves into your family home when you aren't around to pick them up. However, kids are often better at misplacing their keys than adults, and that can cause problems. If you aren't going to be able to return home and let them in for a while, you might even need to call a locksmith.
Here are four simple ways to make sure your kid hangs on to their keys.
1. Provide a Lanyard or Large Fob
One of the most effective ways of making sure your kids don't lose their keys is by slipping that key around a lanyard. These can be worn around the neck, and the long length of lanyard, which is usually quite colourful, makes it easy to identify the key if it is dropped.
Of course, some kids won't want to wear a lanyard, especially if they're moving towards their teenage years. In such cases, make sure you provide a key ring with a large, distinctive fob attached instead of just a loose key; these can easily slip from pockets, and they can be hard to spot them once dropped.
2. Add an Identification Fob
Under no circumstances should you ever provide an address fob on any keyring. If you lose those keys and someone with ill intentions picks them up, that person will know exactly where you live and will be able to enter without a problem.
However, you should still personalize your child's keys. After all, school is one of the most likely places for them to lose their keys, and there'll usually be hundreds of other students there. Teacher's aren't exactly going to be able to match an unmarked set of keys to an individual student without help! Just the name of your child and a mobile number should be fine.
3. Provide a Place to Leave Them Inside
One thing to remember is that keys aren't just lost outside of the home. Kids aren't generally as organised or tidy as adults, and you really don't want their keys lost in a messy room or ending up going through the washing machine in an unchecked pocket. If they leave the home without their keys, you'll still be in trouble.
So, make sure you provide a place for keys to be kept near your front door. Some people like to hang them up; others find that a small dish works just as well.
4. Provide Consequences
Kids might not be bothered about keeping hold of their keys simply because they don't understand the consequences of losing them. Losing a key often means having to change the locks in your home since one means of entry is still out in the world, but, at the very least, you're going to have to get a new key cast.
It really makes a difference to let your kids know that you're placing trust in them by giving them a key to the family home. You can also let them know that they will need to pay for a replacement key if the first one is lost; this will underline the importance of their responsibility.