Mass-Produced Locks: Who Really Has the Keys to Your House
Written by: Mirah Lucas
We don’t often think about this: Mass-produced locks could result in keys being duplicated and used to enter your home.
How to Keep Your Family Safe
If you have a mass produced deadbolt keeping you safe, it could be pretty easy for thieves to break in your home, just by turning the key.
While you think you’re keeping your family safe the same code is protecting hundreds of other families across the country making it easy for thieves to get the same key.
By taking down the number printed on the front of your key anyone who sees it has the combination to open your front door.
And you don’t even need to go to a locksmith to get it cut. There are companies online that cut you a key just with a code, and they ship it to you.
Having that code printed in your key is not safe.
Anyone who has one of these deadbolts installed have their locks rekeyed and get a non-duplicate key to hide the code. This usually costs around $5 per key. This will hide the code and make it impossible for thieves to tell what combination you have.
If you’re still uneasy, we recommend getting a high security lock specially made for your doors.
Apparently, the companies who make these locks say they don’t keep track of which locks go where, and that there are hundreds of different codes, so the likelihood of someone having your key is very small.