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Access Control: Why It’s a Must for Multi-Tenant Buildings


As the owner of a multi-tenant building, your top priority is ensuring the safety of the occupants. Here’s where a residential access control system enters the scene, acting like a silent guardian.

In the State of Pennsylvania, there are roughly 26,000 reported burglaries every year. It’s up to property owners to take responsibility and implement systems to prevent being victimized.

A residential access control system is about more than just technology – it’s a commitment to your property and its residents. A commitment to shield everyone who calls it home from potential threats, to maintain an environment where they can unwind without worrying about security risks.

At 2 Krew Security & Surveillance, we specialize in implementing advanced apartment security systems in Pittsburgh and the Tri-State Area. We understand that choosing the right system is never easy as a property owner – and we’re here to help guide your decision and protect your best interests. Let’s get moving.

The Role of Security in Multi-Tenant Buildings

Safety isn’t just about peace of mind — it’s about creating a community where tenants feel safe in their homes. Multi-tenant buildings, by their very nature, attract a diverse range of individuals, families, and sometimes even businesses. This vibrant mixture, while enriching, also brings about its unique set of challenges.

Residents share common areas like lobbies, hallways, laundry rooms, and sometimes recreational spaces. Ensuring that these spaces remain safe and only accessible to those who live in the building or their approved guests is paramount to maintaining trust in the community.

Furthermore, the reputation of a multi-tenant building heavily hinges on its security measures. Word spreads fast – a single security incident can tarnish the building’s reputation, making it difficult to retain current tenants or attract new ones. Owners and property managers must recognize the balance between accessibility and security, and an access control system aptly provides this by acting as a vigilant gatekeeper. 

The Key Benefits of a Residential Access Control System

Safety First

A residential access control system is like a vigilant sentry standing guard 24/7. Its primary duty? To limit access and ensure that the residents of a building are safe from unwelcome intruders. Here’s what it does:

  • Selective Access: Only those with granted access can enter, keeping potential intruders out.
  • Alarm Features: Any forced or unauthorized attempt is flagged, alerting the necessary personnel or authorities, and making it a reliable partner in crime prevention.
  • Reduced Risk: With a foolproof system in place, the risk of unwanted entries, thefts, or breaches diminishes significantly. Your tenants can rest easy.


No more digging for keys! A modern apartment security system simplifies entry in various ways:

  • Keyless Entry: With cards, fobs, or even biometrics, entering a building becomes a seamless process. Moreover, it’s super easy to replace lost keys.
  • Guest Access: Temporary access can be granted for guests, ensuring they don’t have to wait at the gate.
  • Integrated Systems: Many residential access control systems can be integrated with other home systems like lighting or heating, enhancing overall convenience.

Efficient Management

Manage tenant and visitor entry with ease. It’s streamlined and simple, making life easier for all. Managing a multi-tenant building can be quite a task. But with a residential access control system, several key challenges get addressed:

  • Detailed Logs: Keep track of who enters or exits, and when. This is valuable data for both security and administrative reasons.
  • Remote Management: Most modern systems allow for remote management. Whether you’re on-site or miles away, you have control.
  • Tenant Turnover: When a tenant moves out, their access can be revoked instantly, ensuring no unauthorized returns.

Enhanced Privacy

Residents want privacy. And that’s what they get with a robust residential access control system. No unexpected knocks, only welcomed guests. With a smart apartment security system, this sense of privacy is heightened:

  • Controlled Access: Property owners decide who gets access – and this benefit is passed directly to residents. This means no surprise visitors or unsolicited door-to-door salespeople.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that only authorized individuals are within the building premises brings a certain peace of mind. Residents can truly relax in their private space.
  • Visitor Management: Advanced apartment security systems can even allow residents to pre-approve visitors, ensuring a seamless entry experience for friends and family, while keeping unwanted guests out.

Understanding the Basic Components of a Residential Access Control System

Like a puzzle, each piece of a residential access control system creates a complete image – but it has to be placed properly. Access control systems are made of a few basic components to maintain a high level of security:

Access Readers: The Digital Doorman

Often called “readers,” these devices manage access points by reading key cards, fobs, or even biometric inputs like fingerprints. Think of them as your doorman, only they never take a day off.


Gone are the days of metal keys and cheap locks. Newer complexes provide cards, fobs, mobile credentials, or codes to authorized users within door access control systems. These are compact, easy to carry, and customizable based on access levels. Lose one? No fret; it can be deactivated with a click.

Control Panel

This is the system’s control panel or server. It’s where all the decisions are made within smart access control systems. Property owners can manage access, and control access permissions to determine who gets in and who’s kept out, just like a wise old guardian making choices for the greater good. 

Modern systems are equipped with remote management and smart locks, making it easy for property owners to manage building access. 

The Silent Communicator

Wires or wireless cloud-based access control connects all parts, ensuring seamless communication throughout the door access control system. They’re the unsung heroes, ensuring the brain and the doorman are in perfect sync.

These components work in harmony, providing an invisible shield for your building. No fancy jargon, just simple tools for top-notch safety.

Cost-Conscious Considerations

Navigating the financial aspects of property management can feel like walking a tightrope. Every expense matters, especially in an industry with razor-thin margins. Yet, when it comes to the safety of your residents, it’s vital to see beyond immediate costs. A residential access control system, while an upfront investment, pays dividends in the long run.

Consider the potential losses from security breaches: stolen property, damage, or even legal ramifications. Not to mention the hit to your building’s reputation, which could lead to vacancies or reduced rental prices. The system, in this light, acts as insurance, shielding you from these unforeseen expenses.

Today’s tenants seek properties with top-notch security protocols. By equipping your building with an advanced access control system, you’re also enhancing its market appeal, potentially justifying higher rents and ensuring longer tenant retention.

Comparing a Residential Access Control System with Traditional Systems

When measuring advanced setups – like RFID access control systems – against traditional lock-and-key systems, the benefits of the modern access solution are clear and compelling.

No More Lost Keys

Traditional keys can easily be misplaced, stolen, or duplicated, posing a consistent security threat. With a residential access control system, these risks are mitigated.

Instead of managing a messy key ring, residents have digital cards or fobs – and if lost, they can be deactivated instantly. This not only enhances security but also reduces the hassle and costs associated with changing locks and redistributing keys.

Instant Updates

Remember the days when changing locks was the only way to ensure security after a key was lost or an occupant moved out? Those days are in the past.

With modern systems, you have real-time control to manage access privileges and access events. Granting or revoking access becomes an effortless task, achieved with only a few clicks. Whether it’s a new tenant moving in or a service provider requiring temporary access, the control is always in your hands, providing a great deal of flexibility without compromising security.

What to Look for When Investing in a Residential Access Control System

For the cost-conscious property owner, quality and value matter. When looking to invest in an access control system, seek simplicity, reliability, and affordability. Quality security shouldn’t break the bank.

While tech bells and whistles can be enticing, remember the primary goal: safety. Opt for a system that’s intuitive. If your tenants find it cumbersome or complex, even the most advanced system loses its efficacy. It should seamlessly integrate into their daily lives, almost becoming invisible in its function.

Additionally, customer support and post-purchase service are crucial. The initial setup is just the beginning. Over time, you’ll need updates, maintenance, or potential troubleshooting. Choose a provider known for its stellar after-sales support, ensuring that your investment remains sound and functional for years to come.

The Next Step 

As the owner of a multi-tenant building, you have a responsibility to keep occupants safe – and uphold your reputation as a caring landlord. A residential access control system is your trusted sidekick in this endeavour.

Now, every apartment building is different – and requires unique security measures to protect residents. Without the right expertise, trying to DIY a residential access control system can be tricky – and may lead to crucial mistakes.

2 Krew Security & Surveillance is here to advise your decision, from analysis of the property to planning, implementation, and maintenance. Schedule a call with an expert to get started. We’re here to help you achieve a powerful level of security. 




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