Missing or lost keys can really ruin your day. We typically think about people being locked out of their house or car when they lose or damage their keys, but it can also have a big impact on the office. Chances are that another employee has a key to get into the office if you misplace that one, but what about keys to the office filing cabinets?
Maybe you only have one key per file cabinet. They get handed out and passed around employees from one day to the next depending on who needs access to the files, and they often turn up missing or lost. All of a sudden, no one can remember who was the last one to have the keys.
What do you do in this situation? It can really stall productivity in your office if there are important documents in your filing cabinets that can’t be accessed. If you find this happening a lot in your office, then an emergency locksmith like JB’s Lock and Key can help you get access to those valuable files and papers.
What to do when your file cabinet keys are missing
A locksmith will be able to create a replacement key for your file cabinets using a key code that is normally imprinted on the front face of the lock – the part where you enter the key. This is the easiest and most hassle-free method of replacing your cabinet keys, but if this code is not available for whatever reason, then new keys can also be created via a method called impressioning. Make sure you know the brand of your filing cabinet when you call up a locksmith so that you can let them know.
You may also find yourself in a situation where the locks themselves are damaged and are unable to be locked or unlocked, even though you still have the keys. A locksmith is also able to repair or replace your lock cylinders, depending on how severely damaged they are, and then provide you with the replacement keys (and spares) to get back into your file cabinet whenever you need to.
Many offices need to keep their file cabinets locked to protect the documents inside them, so you need to be prepared for this situation in case your keys do go missing. If you need to replace your file cabinet keys or repair or replace the locks on your cabinets, get in touch with us for our emergency locksmith services in Winston Salem, High Point, Lexington, and surrounding areas in North Carolina.