According to Wikipedia, Cuckooing, a common term used by housing organisations, is a form of crime in which drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing. As of the 2010s, cuckooing is becoming an increasingly common problem across England. The crime is named for the cuckoo‘s practice of taking over other birds’ nests for its young.

With the fight against crime getting ever harder, authorities and housing organisations are continuously looking for ways to prevent tenant’s apartments being used by criminals to sell drugs or facilitate other crimes. Increasingly they are looking to technology to help and KMS has been able to play their part with their communal door access control system, SimpleKey Web.

SimpleKey Web has two major functions that help in this process, firstly the ability to add or delete fobs from any internet device, at any time and secondly the ability to run usage reports to identify unusual activity associated with a property.

When a new fob is issued to a flat, the system allows each flat/fob to be given access to specific communal doors, allowing the housing management to control who gains access and when. In addition, where there is a suspected misuse occurring, the authorities can delete a fob immediately, preventing the user getting access to the building.

We have already had numerous cases where SimpleKey Web has been used to assist in investigations and not just in serious crimes but also in anti-social behaviour cases. To find out more, read our case studies.

For more information on how you can have a class leading Communal Door Access System and help in your fight against crime contact us.

 

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