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Card-Reader Installation Alone Does Not Ensure Security


March 26, 2013

Be sure there are no "chinks in your facility’s armor" by following these tips.

Without the proper door hardware, all the electronic access control in the world won’t keep your perimeter locked down. When designing an access control system, keep these factors in mind:

  • The door (or doors) with a card reader system must have a good door closer on it to ensure the door reliably closes tightly behind people in a timely manner.
  • The door (or doors) with a card reader system must also have the proper type of lock. Do not use a lock or exit device that can be manually unlocked and left that way, as it allows for the possibility for that door to be mistakenly (or maliciously) left unsecured.
  • Check the hardware on all of the other (non-card-reader) doors in your facility to ensure they properly and reliably shut and lock. Filtering traffic to your access control door is a good step to better security; however, if someone cannot get past the electronic access control, that person will likely check the other doors for access. If those doors are not properly secured, he or she may be able to enter your building.

For more tips and advice regarding reliably securing your facility, contact Lappen Security – we look forward to helping you find the best solution for YOUR situation.


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