Why Duplicate Keys Are Important
If you’ve ever been locked out, you’ll know how important spare keys are. We’re not about to tell you to keep a spare key under the mat, but it is important to have duplicate keys to your home, your windows and your garage. A spare car key is also essential! Here’s what you need to know about duplicate keys.
Key Duplication Matters
If you don’t have a spare key and you are locked out of your home, there are only two options – break in or call a locksmith. Neither is ideal and both will cost you money. If you are renting, you should be able to call the real estate agent and ask to access their key, but that’s only if you happen to lock yourself out during business hours!
The best way to make sure you can always access your home is to have a duplicate set, preferably two. It is far cheaper to pay for a couple of sets of duplicate keys than to pay a locksmith or make repairs to your home should you choose to break in. Not to mention the waste of your valuable time!
Once you have your spare sets, give them to a trusted neighbour or friend or relative who lives nearby to ensure you will always have access to your home. Don’t forget to duplicate your garage, window and car keys while you are at it and store these in a secure location within your home. Inside a safe is the smartest option.
Do Not Duplicate Keys
Generally speaking, there is no law preventing a locksmith from duplicating a key that has ‘do not copy’ or ‘ do not duplicate’ on it. However, many locksmiths will not cut any of these keys unless they are the original locksmith.
Other types of keys that cannot be copied include unique design keys and registered design keys. These keys are restricted because of their unique profiles (the former) or because they are protected through design registration, a form of IP protection (the latter).
If you lose your keys (or your duplicates) unfortunately you’re going to have to have your locks replaced or rekeyed. Some people choose to do this anyway when they move into a new property to ensure no one else has access to their property. If there’s no damage to the lock, you can usually opt for rekeying which is cheaper than replacing the whole lock.