Who has extra keys to YOUR home or office?


Your Keys

  1. Terminated Employees?

  2. Former Tenants?

  3. Construction Workers? 

  4. Real Estate Agent?

  5. Your Ex?

  6. Your Ex Mother-in-Law?

  7. The Old Cleaning Crew?

  8. That Restaurant Valet? (that looked suspicious), etc.

  9. Fill in the blank: __________________________

The “DO NOT DUPLICATE” myth: The answer to KEY CONTROL is Patent-Protected or High Security Lock & Key Systems

  • Standard keys marked with “Do Not Duplicate”, “Do Not Copy”, “Duplication Prohibited”, “It Is Unlawful To Duplicate This Key”, etc. can usually be duplicated at any locksmith or key cutting facility. (The exception is U.S. Post Office Box keys, which are a Federal Offense (Felony) to duplicate, but those keyblanks are not available in the open market.)

  • In almost all other cases,  in most states it is not against the law to duplicate keys marked in this manner. Since the key blanks to fit these locks are commonly available through many sources, the decision to duplicate usually rests in the hands of the key machine operator.

  • Most professional locksmiths will refuse the request without first obtaining proper identification, a letter of authorization, etc. Most hardware stores, malls and big box retailers simply ignore the stamped message.

  • Most key control systems utilize patented keys and/or cylinders. Because they are patented the duplication of keys can only be done by factory-authorized professional locksmiths.


Key Control Ladder

Let’s compare KEY CONTROL to a ladder, the higher up you go the more secure your key control system is.

  • 1st RUNG STANDARD – On the first rung you have the keys that were supplied to you by the building owner or builder, if you are not guaranteed otherwise, you should always assume that someone else may have a key. The bare minimum you should do is have the locks re-keyed, ask us how secure your particular keys are, if they are the typical storefront key, the blanks are likely available at more locations than you can count.

  • 2nd RUNG “DO NOT DUPLICATE” – The next rung, you could ask us to supply you with a generic-shape or square-head key blank, this is a commonly available key section with an uncommon or different head shape than typically found on that keyway. May be available at other key duplication places than a locksmith, but are harder for a novice to identify. Still susceptible to unauthorized duplication. The risk of unauthorized duplication is very high, even if your keys are marked “Do Not Duplicate”, and you will never be sure how many copies of your key may be floating around.

  • 3rd RUNG RESTRICTED – The next rung brings us to restricted keys supplied by our distributors, less widely available than factory restricted keyways, but still only exclusive to where the distributor sells them. Keys are still susceptible to unauthorized duplication. These keys are usually available at most locksmith shops, and sometimes other keys can be re-milled to fit. Still susceptible to unauthorized duplication.

  • 4th RUNG HIGH-SECURITY – Up we go, this time we could supply a High-Security factory restricted key, most major lock manufacturers have a series of “restricted” keyways, they are usually restricted by the millings on the key, that in turn will match special broaching in the lock cylinder. They could also be restricted by geography, only available in a particular area, or by distribution. Some manufacturers may require that the end user be registered as an authorized user.

  • 5th RUNG PATENTED – At the next level, we would recommend High Security factory controlled and patented key programs that are restricted to our use by contract. With this kind of key control, only specifically authorized people have access to obtaining duplicate keys and then only from specifically authorized professional locksmith dealers. In some instances we would be the only source, in some cases duplicate keys can only duplicated at the factory. These key systems are typically protected by patents and contracts. The keys and cylinders employ technology that protects against lock pickinglock bumping, drilling and other by-pass methods. With the large number of available combinations very elaborate and securemaster key systems are possible.

The above covers the options for mechanical key systems. If you are interested in higher levels of security and access control, systems that eliminate keys alltogether, systems that could allow you or other authorized persons to make system changes via computer or even smart phone, from anywhere you have Internet access, contact us, we are the professionals.

Starfleet Lock & Safe, Inc. is a contracted and authorized dealer for these patented and restricted KEY CONTROL products: