A question we get asked time and time again in our industry is, “can anyone copy this key?” Too often customers ask to have “Do Not Duplicate” stamped on the keys, but don’t realize that this is only a visual deterrent. There are no legal ramifications for any locksmith copying these keys, as the key cuts on a standard key cut are not patented.
So the answer to the question “who can copy my key?” is a scary one. Anyone can copy your key. All they need is your key and a key machine found at a local hardware store. This is a scary thought when considering how often your keys leave the premises in the pockets and purses of employees every day, and how many of those keys get lost. The more keys you need to pass out, the higher the security risk, and once you discover a key lost, the cost to rekey your space goes up as well.
So how can we prevent this from happening? The best way to prevent this issue is by using a Protected Key System. With a Protected System such as Medeco X4, you get a patented keyway that is specific to a locksmith, which means that it cannot be copied by anyone other that the locksmith. This allows you to control copying of keys to you or someone else you authorize. If a key is lost, it cannot be copied by anyone who picks it up.
If you are interested in getting more information about protected key systems or getting a quote to install one at your property, schedule a free assessment below.