Benefits of Key Cabinets in the AUTOMOTIVE sector

Key security, accountability and accessibility play a huge part in the smooth running of many car dealerships, garages, auction houses and service centres in particular.  Control of keys is of paramount importance as modern security systems generally mean that the car can only be stolen WITH the keys.  Lack of the above can prove, in some circumstances, very costly as was the case with XYZ Motors.

XYZ Motors ran a very busy service and MOT Testing Centre with a high number of vehicles passing through each day.  Unfortunately, two vehicle keys were lost on one particular day and this was a regular occurrence with keys often getting mislaid in the past which had cost time and money.  Had they been lost or stolen?  Customers were delayed in collecting their vehicles whilst the workshop employees searched everywhere for the keys – not a reassuring service! An urgent answer to the time wasting/searching for the keys was needed.

Working closely with REECE a solution was found. Not only to the immediate problem of key security but it was quickly seen as one to save time and money in accessing and accountability of the vehicle keys going forward.

The Reece Range of Automotive Key Security Cabinets with the added benefit of a self-closing door was evaluated and found to be a great cost-effective way forward with important features to work in a busy working environment. With rugged square cornered construction, durable powder coated finish it is built to withstand a harsh environment with lots of use. The adjustable colour coded key hook bars, to accommodate different length of keys, with corresponding numbered key tabs (each department having a different colour) makes key organisation obvious when opened. Strong metal hook bars were able to cope with the high usage with different length and spaced hooks for the alternative size of keys and transponders, ensuring there was no messy bunching, overlapping and tangling of keys.

In this instance a SECKS100DEEPMDIGI-DC cabinet was installed.  The internal control index (which is removable) was not used and keys were taken and signed out and logged in, in a separate ledger.  The high-quality digital lock was supplied with a latch closing function.  To complete the cabinet for the purposes employed it was then manufactured with a facility for the door to self-close, ensuring that the cabinet is never left open.  The result was to keep the keys secure, accessible and accountable to authorised user’s only.

XYZ Motors found the Self Closing Key Security Cabinet a cost-effective solution to their key control problem, giving a more professional control of keys at any given time and saving money as well.