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FSS changes locks, throws away key

A new keypad lock system displays itself on the outside of a locker door at the Powerhaus Fitness Center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 27, 2016. The 52nd Force Support Squadron recently installed keypad lock systems to locker doors at the fitness center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

A new keypad lock system displays itself on the outside of a locker door at the Powerhaus Fitness Center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 27, 2016. The 52nd Force Support Squadron recently installed keypad lock systems to locker doors at the fitness center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The 52nd Force Support Squadron recently installed new keypad lock systems to locker doors at the Powerhaus Fitness Center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

The new locks will be keyless and required a 4-digit code to lock and unlock a locker.

"The beauty about this new system is that you don't have to come to the front desk to get a key," said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Marcie Ireland, 52nd FSS operations manager.  "You can go straight to the locker room and use your own 4-digit code."

Instructions on how to program your 4-digit code can be found at the front desk and inside the locker room. The new locks will also feature a time limit to emphasize daily use.

"Once you lock your locker with your code, that code will last for four hours," Ireland said. "If you haven't opened your locker within four hours after locking it, you will have to come to the front desk and have us open it for you. Additionally, all lockers will be cleared out overnight so if you leave anything in them, your items will be stored and obtainable at the front desk."

Ireland stated that not every locker has been converted to the new keypad system yet. Most of the male locker room has them and the women's locker room is scheduled to receive them soon. Keys will be used for the remaining lockers until all lockers are updated to the keypad system.

"I think this is going to be a really good system," Ireland said. "Obviously, this is brand new and will be a learning process for everyone but at the end of the day, this is a better system."