Everyone has got keys cut at some point and if they haven’t, they most certainly will in the future, but what about restrictive keys? How do they work and what are they exactly? Here we’ll explain everything you need to know about key cutting and restrictive keys.

Key cutting

You may need to get an extra key cut if you have broken or lost one, so it’s always a good idea to have a spare one for safekeeping if you ever need to get one cut. It can give you peace of mind knowing you can still get into your home without having to break-in or call a locksmith to attend an emergency lockout situation.

Precise key cutting

Have you ever got a key cut in the past and it’s a little difficult to turn? The good news is, this doesn’t happen too often these days as most locksmiths use advanced key cutting technology which allows them to cut the key precisely to match the original one. Once you’ve received your new key, it is smart to test it out to ensure it turns smoothly. If it doesn’t, take it back to your locksmith or give them a call so they can fix it or make you a new one. The last thing you want to do is to rely on a key you haven’t tested, only to be locked out of your home.

Can you cut a key yourself?

Key cutting can be tedious and it is not as easy as placing an order on Big Basket, especially if you don’t have the necessary skills and equipment to cut them properly. With an average household key setting you back around $10, why would you bother trying to cut a key yourself when a professional can cut one in a matter of seconds using precise cutting technology? Amateur key cutters don’t have a good success rate and the likelihood of the key not working properly or getting stuck is high.

What is a restrictive key?

Restrictive keys are different from regular keys as they cannot be duplicated by anyone other than an authorised person. The only person that can cut another key from a restricted key is the original locksmith who created the key in the first place and they can only do so if an authorised person asks them to. It is illegal for another locksmith to cut that restrictive key. They can only maintain them without interfering with the restricted key system.

Why get restrictive keys over normal ones?

Here are five good reasons why restricted keys are a good idea.

High security

The main reason people opt for restrictive keys over normal ones is that they provide ultimate security. They are patent protected and this eliminates the risk of lost or stolen keys. You don’t need to worry about authorised people getting copies of your keys when they are restricted.

Your locks will be harder to pick

Unlike some regular locks, it is very difficult to pick a restricted key lock. This is because the design is unique and complex.

A detailed record is kept

You will always know who authorised your restricted keys to be cut and how many copies have been made.

Only authorised people can gain access to your home or business

With a restricted key system, you never have to worry about giving someone a key and them going and getting it cut because they simply won’t be able to. This can provide reassurance knowing that only the people you want to get into your premises can. This is especially handy for business owners, if a staff member leaves, they will then return their key to you and there is no chance they could have duplicated the key in their time working for you.

Why use a locksmith for your key cutting and restrictive keys?

Locksmiths can deal with all cutting situations

Locksmiths can duplicate keys without even having the original. A groove cutter is commonly used to determine the groove patterns in the lock. From this, they will produce a brand new key. They can also produce a precise key even if the original is damaged or excessively worn.

Locksmiths are fast and efficient

Locksmiths can cut and produce keys in a matter of minutes with restrictive keys taking around half an hour. They can come to you after hours, most even offer a 24/7 emergency service for your convenience.

Locksmiths have legal obligations

Locksmiths work under a stringent Code of Conduct and must comply with all mandatory Australian locksmithing laws. Confidentiality is withheld to the highest standard. If you get restrictive keys, you can have peace of mind knowing that your key information is protected and is stored securely and safely.

Can you convert your standard lock and keys to restricted?

Yes, you sure can. The best way to do this is by contacting a reputable mobile locksmith. They can come out to your home and swap your system over. They will be able to run through all of your options and provide feedback on which systems may be best suited to your home and budget.

We hope this post has given you a brief insight into key cutting and restrictive keys.

If you have any questions about the two, get in contact with our friendly team of qualified locksmiths here at Express Locksmiths Gold Coast, we are happy to help if we can.
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