Key duplication simply means creating the exact copy of the original set of key. All of us should have duplicated our keys either to create another set of keys for new member in the house or replace our lost keys.
How keys are duplicated?
Locksmiths usually have blank keys with different shapes and sizes (i.e. some keys are narrower, some keys are squarish, some keys are longer, etc). The teeth of these blank keys have not been cut. The locksmiths would choose the most appropriate blank keys to ensure that the duplicated keys would turn out to be as identical to the original ones as possible.
With the right key cutting machine, key duplication should be quite easy. The machine will be able to cut the keys to the exact teeth shape required. Skills and experience of the locksmith still play a part in quality key duplication. An experienced locksmith ensures that there is minimal re-work or alteration subsequently.
Duplicating some car keys and remote control may require a different machine but should not be too difficult.
Key Duplication still Relevant with the Introduction of Digital Door?
Will key duplication be affected with the introduction of digital door locks? As more and more conventional key locks are replaced by digital door locks, will you still require the key? Will key duplication continue to be relevant or will it become an obsolete trade? When Keypad and Biometric locks are used, key duplication is no longer necessary as you only have to update the digital PIN or Biometric data for the new member to access the premises. We believe the older generation and more conservative people will continue to stick to conventional key locks while the younger generation who are very technologically savvy will switch to digital locks. Therefore, for the next couple of years, demand for key duplication services may fall but should not disappear completely.
Online Key Duplication
Lately, website and mobile apps allows you to take a photograph of your keys and request for key duplication online. Your duplicated keys will then be physically mailed to your apartment. However, we do not recommend this way of duplicating your keys due to security reason. The locksmith who duplicates your keys would know where you stay and can duplicate another set of keys to gain access to your premises. By duplicating your keys online, you are compromising the security of your house or apartment. We are still in favour of making a trip to the locksmith, duplicating the keys and collecting them there.
At Locksmith Singapore, we are trained to handle all kinds of locks. We have the machines for house doors key duplication, car key duplication and car remote control duplication and we frequently duplicate house doors keys and car keys. Besides key duplication, we also help to unlock your door if you happened to lock yourself out. Our Give us a call now at (+65) 6681-5629 or email us at [email protected]