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Do Not Duplicate Keys: Myths and Facts

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Do Not Duplicate Keys: Myths and Facts

Key security is important for your business, but if you think that having a ‘do not duplicate’ key is the solution to your security problems, you might want to think again. There are quite a few myths surrounding these types of keys. Here’s the lowdown on the myths--and the facts--about ‘do not duplicate’ keys.


Myth: It’s impossible to duplicate a ‘restricted’ key


Fact: While these keys may be marked as restricted or ‘do not duplicate,’ a skilled locksmith may be able to make a copy fairly easily. The truth is, the use of the word ‘restricted’ often simply implies that the key is not meant to be copied, not that it can’t be copied. If you’re relying on a single word or phrase printed on your key to prevent unauthorized copying, you’re leaving your business security at risk.


Myth: Key cutters won’t even attempt to copy a ‘do not copy’ key.


Fact: Most key cutters won’t bat an eye at attempting to copy such a key. In fact, only professional locksmiths will honor such a request if they are familiar with the manufacturer of the key and lock system.


Myth: ‘Restricted’ and ‘do not duplicate’ keys are protected by law from being copied without approval.


Fact: These keys are not protected by the law in any special way. The phrases ‘do not copy’ and ‘restricted’ are simply considered to be instructions for key cutters and locksmiths, not a legally binding security feature.


Myth: Using ‘do not copy’ keys makes your business more secure.


Fact: These keys aren’t necessarily any more secure than any other type of key. At the end of the day, it all depends on who has access to the keys. If you trust your employees, it doesn’t matter what type of key they have. If you are serious about your commercial security, speak with a Pop-A-Lock locksmith to develop the right security setup for your business. The best locks for your business may not even use a traditional key, let alone one that needs to be marked as ‘restricted.’


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