The Person Who Cuts the Key Must Have Proper Identification and Documentation! 

If you have ever needed to get a key copied, you may have noticed that some keys have the words “Do Not Duplicate” stamped on them. These keys are a common deterrent to burglars who may try to steal your property by making copies of the keys. 

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The inscription is not a law, but it is a recommendation. Many chain hardware stores will not copy these keys, but a locksmith can duplicate them easily and without any problems. 

There is no direct legal sanction in the US for someone to copy a key with the “do not duplicate” stamp, but there are patent restrictions on some key designs that require authorization before a locksmith can cut a key with that design. 

Restricted Keys are more difficult to copy than unrestricted keys, even if they have the “Do Not Duplicate” stamped on it. 

These are often used for security systems because they can only be duplicated by approved manufacturers and locksmiths using special tools that are not available to the general public. This makes them a great choice for businesses who want to control how many copies of a key are available. 

However, restricted keys can still be copied illegally if the original owner does not give permission. The person who cuts the key must have proper identification and documentation that states they have obtained the owner’s permission to copy the key. 

Most people meet little resistance when trying to duplicate their own key at a Home Depot or other similar store, but some customers have reported that there are accuracy issues with the copies. This is because machine automation does not have the same level of precision as human key cutters. 

The only way to avoid this is to have a professional locksmith cut your key for you instead of having it copied at the local Home Depot or similar place. This will ensure that your key has the precise cut depths and other characteristics that a professional key cutter needs to make a copy for you. 

A locksmith will also charge more than a store like Home Depot because they have actual people who work there to cut your key for you. The price difference is a reflection of the quality that the locksmith provides. 

Depending on the type of key you have, your lease or management contract can restrict how many copies of a particular key you can make. This is why it’s so important to talk to your property manager or manager before you start making copies of your apartment key. 

One of the most common violations of business security procedures is unauthorized key duplication (Assa Abloy 2011). According to one source, unauthorized key copies account for nearly 40% of non-forced entry break-ins. 

If you have an unauthorized key that was created by someone else, your company could lose billions of dollars in revenue each year. That is why it’s so important to have a high-quality key system in place, so that your company can be sure that no unauthorized keys are being made.