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When does it not make sense to make duplicate keys?

Often going out to Emergency door opening in Kiev and the region, our masters witness a conflict when a person turns to the nearest workshop near his home or office to make a duplicate, and when he approaches the door, the duplicate does not open the door, gets stuck in the door or does not turn at all the lock with neither the original key nor a duplicate. Of course, first of all, all the stones fall on the master who made the duplicate, because with the old key everything has been working properly for about 15 years. In this case, the phrase of the experienced Kiev auto mechanic Nikolai is more appropriate than ever: “Don’t interfere with the mechanism working!”

In this article we will talk about some recommendations when you should not duplicate a key based on our many years of experience

When does it make sense to duplicate keys?

  • Lost Keys: If you've lost your keys and don't know where they might end up, making duplicates can pose a potential security risk to your home or property. In such cases, it is recommended to replace the locks with new keys included.
  • Hacking or unauthorized access: If you suspect that your keys have been stolen or someone has gained unauthorized access to them, it may not be safe to make duplicates. Instead, replace the locks and get new keys for security.
  • Old or Worn Keys: If your keys are old or very worn, copying them may cause problems with their operation or damage to the locks. In such cases, it is recommended to replace the locks and obtain new keys to ensure reliability and security.
  • Loss of control of keys: If you have entrusted your keys to someone else, such as a former employee, household staff or tenant, and no longer want them to have access to your property, then making duplicate keys is not recommended in this situation. . Instead, replace your locks and get new keys to maintain complete access control for many years to come.

In general, the decision to make duplicate keys or replace them with a new lock with a set of new keys, in practice, we often lean towards the second because in the end we save time, nerves and money for our clients, especially considering the prices of duplicates at the time of writing these recommendations from 150 -700 UAH per key.

When in doubt, call our security professionals and qualified locksmiths all in one for advice and solutions. Consultations are free. Call us!