While banks and art galleries are the target of choice for most heist movies and TV shows, the reality is that government agencies are as vulnerable to thefts as your local museum is. Maybe more so, considering it’s much easier to spend the cash a thief could steal from an evidence locker than sell a Monet or Gauguin. And while surveillance cameras are an important tool in any forensic police work, you might be surprised at how much an access control system can help to solve an on-site theft.
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For the past 6,000 years, the standard method for protecting a building has been a lock and key. The technology dates back to Ancient Egypt, where wooden pin tumbler locks were opened with sticks built with a custom peg system that fit that particular door. After some improvements (read: metal) in 970 A.D. by English craftsman, the lock and key became one of the most important methods of access control in human history. Think about it: even the term “under lock and key” is used to describe anything we put away for protection and safeguard, be it cash in a bank or hearts in a cheesy rom-com. So the standard metal key metal lock is iconic in building safety and security. But here’s the thing: iconic does not necessarily equal effective. Thanks to the advent of technology, electronic access control is quickly becoming the standard method for ensuring secure building entry.