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Services and Products

Bay Cities Lock & Safe takes care of all essential commercial locksmith services, including re-keying, master keying, access control, and record-keeping.  Please see the services below for a larger breakdown as to what we offer.

Masterkeying

Virtually any commercial building or facility can benefit from masterkeying.

Masterkeying is the process of taking a number of locks, from two locks to thousands and creating a system that restricts who can go in which door.

When Bay Cities Lock & Safe creates a masterkey system, we handle all of that and more! We confer with you to help determine the best ways for your business or building to be keyed – a system that gives you and your staff the perfect balance between security and convenience. We then create a system that allows the property manager to have one key that opens everything, the janitor to have keys that allow appropriate access, and each employee can be issued keys at their correct level of authorization.

A professional masterkey system is vital to the security and business continuity of any company or facility.

We confer with you to help determine the best ways for your business or building to be keyed – a system that gives you and your staff the perfect balance between security and convenience. We then create a system that allows the property manager to have one key that opens everything, the janitor to have keys that allow appropriate access, and each employee can be issued keys at their correct level of authorization. A professional masterkey system is vital to the security and business continuity of any company or facility.

Record Keeping

A masterkey system is only as good as its record keeping.

Your company may have a masterkey system. Where security begins to be breached is when you lose control of how many keys you have out there and who has access to what. Or when locks are moved around and records are not updated. Or worse, when records are unclear and rooms that should be secure from any given employee are keyed the same as other doors unknowingly.

When Bay Cities Lock and Safe creates a masterkey system for you, our record keeping is extensive. We have both hard copies and stored data regarding your system. No hard copy is labeled with anything that could connect your business name with your information. We maintain records that allow us to know every single lock in your building, what type of hardware is on it and how it is keyed. We can cross-reference your door to your key. Every key that opens a door on the masterkey system has a code stamped on it.

One very efficient point of our masterkey system is that by giving us the code on the keys, we can cut and ship keys to you…usually in the same day! We update your records at that time so that all information is constantly current. And only those authorized to order work/keys may do so. This saves companies enormous amounts of money. No sending employees anywhere to get keys copied or pick up keys. A simple email from an authorized person and the keys are on their way out to you.

Without this level of record-keeping being vigilantly maintained, security goes right out the window. We have no problem maintaining this high level of record-keeping for you.

Restricted Key Systems

Bay Cities Lock & Safe can provide you with restricted key systems. Simply stamping a key with “Do Not Duplicate” will not necessarily prevent someone from getting an unauthorized copy made. Some of our customers have learned that from hard experience until they came to us.

We have certain keys that can ONLY be cut in our location. This additional level of complexity is created in the key cylinder design. This means that only the shop that owns the compatible equipment AND the security code that was used in the initial set up can create that specific key, which will work in that specific lock. This prevents someone from finding your key and going to any other locksmith or a hardware store and getting copies made.

We provide restricted key systems with many companies whose intellectual property is as valuable as any materials they may be dealing with, if not more so. We also work with employers who are very interested in making certain that employees cannot duplicate keys for any reason. In the event of an unpleasant ending to a working relationship or an employee that has criminal intent, making additional keys becomes close to impossible with a restricted key system.

Electronic Locks

Bay Cities Lock & Safe has been providing Electronic Locks for our commercial clients for many years. There are a lot of benefits to Electronic Locks: no keys, code, or card to keep track of.

These types of locks also offer a very important feature in today’s world. Sadly there are times when time is of the essence to “lockdown” or “lockout” someone. With some electronic locks, it can be done almost instantly.

There are many types and styles of Electronic Locks on the market, from push-button access control locks to card-reader activated locksets with electric strikes, to fully computerized and remotely activated logging systems. A property manager or owner must find the right balance between security needs and the expediency of cost.

Each customer’s needs are different. We have the expertise to help you make the decision of which electronic hardware would work best for you.

On-Site Service

Bay Cities Lock & Safe will do most of your project’s prep work in our shop, whether creating and setting up the Masterkey System, entering all hardware/door data, cutting keys in-house and any custom work you might need. We are available to go on-site for installations, security upgrades, re-keying, repairs, and any other necessary work.

Door Hardware

Whether you are looking for a replacement for your old and worn-out door handles, have an off-set door closure, or if you have a new project, we can install, repair, and replace your door hardware. Have difficult-to-find pieces?  We like the challenge and may also be able to do custom work.

Security Consultation

This is an on-site security consultation. During this time, one of our technicians will meet with you, discover exactly what you are looking for, help you in the areas you are uncertain of and guide you in the very best direction for those criteria.

We can help you assess your property for any weak points or security risks and make professional recommendations regarding a strategy for improved security at your facility – what policies should be put in place and what products to use in implementing that strategy. When you understand the risks, it’s easier to decide what to do to remedy them.

If you are unsure of which way to go, or if you know you have security issues but perhaps are not sure what they are, give us a call. Don't wait until AFTER you experience unfortunate losses before looking into your security needs. Schedule a security consultation with Bay Cities Lock & Safe BEFORE that happens!

Office Furniture

Bay Cities Lock & Safe can handle locks, keys, and repairs on most office furniture including desks, file cabinets, credenzas, and storage cabinets. We can install locks where there are none (not all office furniture will adapt to locking from non-locking). On a case-by-case basis, we can install additional security devices to enhance existing hardware. We can also in some cases install electronic access on some office furniture.

We have the ability to cut keys by the code numbers on the office furniture in many instances. By emailing your request with the proper code information means we can ship your keys to you, which saves you having to pay a service call fee and your staff does not have to run around showing the locksmith which desk. Everyone saves time and money!

Custom Applications

Not every standard product works in every standard situation. Example: A standard lock on a standard door, except the door is slightly thinner than what the lock is made for. We at Bay Cities Lock & Safe have the experience and the expertise to handle custom applications. From custom lock trims to custom boring for a special door or jamb, we have the experience, the tools and the technology to tackle even the most unusual situations.

Repair Work

Often times, locks that are old or broken can be repaired. Sometimes a lock that you may feel needs to be replaced is simply lacking in basic maintenance and can be restored to working order fairly easily by a competent locksmith with the right technology and tools.

At Bay Cities Lock & Safe, we treat you the way we would wish to be treated as a customer. If your lock can be repaired, we will do so. However, if it would be more cost-effective for you to replace it, we will tell you so. The importance is knowing the difference.

On-Call

We are on-call nights and weekends for our commercial clients.

Service Area

Covering Santa Clara County, to San Francisco County, to parts of Contra Costa County, and everything in between, we likely service your location.