project almost done
technology embedded into keys will make security measures tighter
The university is a month away from closing the door on a $125,000
project to replace the locks on all the buildings on campus.
Completion of the first campus-wide re-keying project is scheduled
to end in late February to early March after the locks are changed
in Mary Couts Burnett Library, the Student Center and Ed Landreth
Approximately 9,400 locks will be changed by in-house labor and 47,000
keys will be issued when the project is finished, said Willett Stallworth,
associate vice chancellor for facilities.
The old system was no longer patented and several lost keys created
a security situation, said Hollis Dyer, associate director of building
This system is a regional system, meaning they assigned these
keys specifically to TCU and that there are no blanks in existence
so people cant duplicate them, he said.
Specific security features are written into each key and only a limited
number of people will have access to them. TCU will remain secure
even after the copyright on the keys expires because there are no
blank keys, Dyer said.
If a person loses a key they will have to pay up to $100 for the cost
of changing the lock and reproducing and reissuing the key.
The old key system had Do Not Copy printed on each key,
but blanks existed which made it possible for people to duplicate
them, Dyer said. If there was a theft or a break-in it was difficult
to track down who had access to the building, he said.
With this new system we will know specifically who has the key
because we will sign it out to that person, and they wont be
able to copy it, Dyer said. If anything happens, we know
who had a key at that time.
In recent years TCU has experienced many break-ins, including the
theft of more than 100 pre-Columbian Peruvian artifacts from the library
by an ex-employee. TCU Detective Kelly Ham said in 2003 there were
18 burglaries on campus.
Compared to other universities we dont have a burglary
problem, Ham said. The two major problems we have are
students stealing from students and unknown people breaking into cars
Ray Drenner, the biology department chairman, believes the new system
is beneficial. His department is housed in Winton-Scott Hall, which
was re-keyed last fall.
I think that the new system is a good thing, he said.
It has tightened security and its making us all more responsible
for the keys and our security."