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The good news is, the need for access control systems for churches is often due to the fact that they are very active centers of the community.  The bad news is, sometimes they are victims of crime and access control is needed to keep thieves out.

Pictured above is a card reader as part of a keyless access control system.

When a church doesn’t have a card access system, church administrators are charged with the arduous task of keeping track of all of the groups who use the facility, what times they come and who holds the physical key for each group.

The number of groups who use a church can be virtually endless.  There are men’s and women’s support groups, choirs, youth groups, exercise classes, substance abuse support groups, church employees and on and on.

Now imagine if one person out of all of those groups loses his or her key.  The church can easily duplicate the key, but that means that there’s a key floating around somewhere—hopefully it’s not marked.

Another course of action is to have the locks re-keyed or changed, and that’s certainly an expense that the church doesn’t need.

Wouldn’t it be easier for the administrator to simply use the access control system’s software or web-based program to deactivate whichever card or fob that was lost instead?  And the system can be used to not only deactivate cards and fobs, but also to program certain doors to lock and unlock at certain times based on when a particular group needs access.

The other aforementioned benefit of access control systems for churches is to prevent theft.  Not only do thefts occur overnight when the church offices are unmanned, but church administrators often fear being help up just the same as a bank teller would.

It’s unfortunate to have to take these measures, but not having wide open doors to the public can prevent ambushes.  A simple intercom system can be set up to identify any guests who would like to enter, sometimes even with video.  Again, many churches struggle with the image of having to take these steps while others are finding it an unfortunate necessity—often due to their location.

There are some functions of an access control system that churches may not find as useful as a business would.  For instance, the audit trail function allows an administrator to track who has been where within the building.  Of course the church can use this option, it just may not have the same need to do so as a company would.

Same with restricting certain areas of the building to certain levels of employees.  Although, the church may want to program the card readers that allow access to the areas of the church where money and records are kept to key personnel only.

So the bottom line is that access control is needed in churches today, but the reasons vary.  Perfectly “safe” churches with no history of crime could need them due to the fact that they have scores of groups who need to access the building at different times.  Others may need it due to fears or actual past incidents of theft…yes, it does happen to churches too.

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