ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions issues White Paper on key management for void properties

ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, has just released its latest White Paper that concentrates specifically on key management and control for void properties in the social housing sector.

According to the Department for Communities and Local Government, housing associations and local authorities presently own five million homes in the UK, with 610,000 of these dwellings empty at any one time between tenancies. That represents approximately one eighth of the total housing stock.

The time spent by local authorities physically handing over keys between different maintenance staff and contractors can cause significant workflow delays, increase the risk of keys being lost or stolen and result in considerable delays in re-letting properties. All of these issues can potentially lead to large costs for councils and housing associations.

Improving operational efficiencies

The new White Paper addresses the impact that effective key management and control can have on improving operational efficiencies for void properties, as well as ensuring budgets are used more efficiently.

Also, the document outlines how ASSA CLIQ Remote can make a huge difference to an organisation’s key management and control processes by streamlining operations, reducing the risk of lost or copied keys being compromised, cutting costs and improving an organisation’s sustainability credentials.

ASSA CLIQ Remote is a simple, intelligent electromechanical locking system that allows only those with the necessary authority to access a building. It enables owners to have complete control over who can access a property, with members of staff allocated a single key and entry permissions that can be altered remotely or set for only a certain length of time.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

One organisation to benefit from ASSA CLIQ Remote is Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Since its introduction, the system has helped the council save approximately 40 hours of time every week. The reduction in re-let times has allowed the Council to deliver an additional £60,000 per annum in rental income revenue, enabling officials to use budget and resources more effectively.

The White Paper’s author is Simon Wilson, national sales manager for ASSA CLIQ Remote, who said: “In the social housing sector, the pressure to re-let houses as quickly as possible and work to tight budgets should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, properties will inevitably stand empty between tenancies while staff and contractors carry out the necessary repairs and maintenance. As a result, the need for an efficient and effective key management process is really important. Our latest guide discusses this in more detail, while demonstrating the benefits of adopting ASSA CLIQ Remote. The solution has proven to help save local authorities and housing associations considerable amounts of time and money.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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