Case Studies

Access to void homes

by Mark Rowe

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire sought to manage access to void council owned homes. The council faced delays due to passing on keys between the various staff that needed to access the property to prepare it for the next tenant. The CLIQ Remote product has been supplied to the council by ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the physical security product company.

ASSA says it worked with the council’s facilities management staff to explore a solution to improve security and protect the empty buildings assets, while using budgets more efficiently.

CLIQ Remote the makers say provides a electromechanical locking system to allow only those with the necessary authority to obtain access to the private buildings; without the complexity and cost of a hard wired or battery driven solution. According to the makers it takes seconds to install on the doors. The product can create time defined user keys, allowing access for a specified time. This feature is useful for maintenance workers who may need to access properties outside normal hours.

Dave Richmond Director of Housing, Asset Management and Neighbourhoods at Rotherham Council, said: “We wanted to make sure that people that needed to get access to our properties could do so as quickly as possible. A traditional key approach only added to delays, the CLIQ system speeded up our operations and made sure that we could be confident about the security of our properties.

“ASSA’s CLIQ Remote solution has enabled us to have more control over our keys. Now our staff have one single key to access all the properties they need to enter and permissions can be altered at any point.”

And Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager – CLIQ Remote, at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “Crimes against empty properties are on the increase, partly due the rising value of metal and thefts of fixtures and fittings.

“A copied or lost key is an immediate security threat, and replacing lock cylinders and keys combined with administrative work is highly resource-intensive. ASSA’s CLIQ Remote system helps to minimise administrative work, allowing the administrator to grant access or to block lost or stolen keys remotely and conveniently.”


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