In some of the past articles that I have written you have seen me mention Key Control. What is this and why is it important to you? We must discuss Key Control in the context of lock security as they go together. So, if you have your key in your hand you have control of your key and therefore you have Key Control right? No that’s wrong.
Physical control is only one part of Key Control, there are many others such as:
- Is the key protected by a U.S. Patent?
- Do you know how many keys were cut?
- Do you know where all your keys are?
- Can you have more keys made—if so, where?
These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself. Let me give a practical example that drives home the Key Control point.
Let’s say that you keep your house key attached to your car key ring, or maybe you keep your house key in the glove compartment of your car. If you valet park your car or maybe take it in for repair, you turn your keys over to someone. There is the possibility that someone can take your house key, walk into any Big Box Store and get the key duplicated. When you get your car back all your keys are right where you left them. The problem is that now someone has a copy of your key and they know where you live. Sounds bad—it is!
Try this test, take your house key and walk into any Big Box Store. Ask them to make you another key. They will take your key and duplicate it. No questions asked. Look at all the key blanks they have that match the profile of many keys.
So how do you protect yourself?
- Make sure the lock and key that you purchase are protected by a U.S. Patent. Yes, this will cost more to purchase but how much is your family’s safety worth.
- Purchase your new lock and key from someone that will register your key codes to you.
- You should not find these key blanks at Big Box Stores.
- You will have to show identification before having additional keys cut.
- Account for all your keys, if 5 keys were originally cut you should know where all 5 are and who has them.
Was this Blog meant to scare you? Yes it was. It was also written to make you aware that all locks and keys are not created equal. Any security professional will tell you that “Key Control” is one of the most important parts of the security of the lock.
So now that you know what Key Control is, what are you going to do about it? Call us at 800.657.LOCK (5625) or www.LsiDepot.com.