Have you ever really looked at the keys that you come in contact with? Not only the ones you own and use but the ones you might see at work, those that might be on a friend’s key chain or on rental cars and trucks.
Sure to the unobserving eye they are rather basic and for the most part look the same. Flat, silver, some have metal heads and others have black ones that make it easier to grip. Of course there are those automobile keys that have keyless entry and ignition buttons, truck buttons and panic alarms but how about the ones that, when you look at them, read Do Not Duplicate?
Imagine if someone had a spare copy of your car key. They could open it freely, start it up and be off to any place they desire. In your vehicle. What if they had a key to your home? All of your possessions are there, you sleep there and your family is there. Both of those would be uninviting scenarios and there is reason for the key stamped DO NOT DUPLICATE.
The do not duplicate key is a form of insurance against key duplication for many business owners who have reason for keys to be distributed to employees and rental companies in order to ensure than any professional locksmith with a key duplicating machine will not make a copy of the key.
Other keys that are stamped with this statement are of great importance and could carry some considerable consequences for those with copies. Key such as Post Office keys and mail box keys, government building keys, and various other state and federal institutions are stamped with this warning and for good reason.
Tampering with the mail, for example, is a federal offence and while the Do Not Duplicate stamp on a key is mostly a hopeful deterrent against copies being made, before a person thinks of doing this they might want to consider the charges that could be brought up against them. Unless a locksmith would like to be an accessory to this crime you can rest assured that they will not make a copy of these keys and it is best to forget about it all together.
While control access generally implies what type of locks, cylinders, doors, closed circuit television systems, master keying and other security devices a person orbusiness would utilize for their home or business the do not duplicate stamp and its implications are also meant to be a form of access control to say, in essence, that the person who the key is distributed to is the only person that should be in possession of it, a single key, and no one else should make copies.
Theft can occur from rental companies if these keys are duplicated as well. Thanks to accurate record keeping with these companies it would be easier to trace who had the keys in question, therefore making it easier to catch them, but as a deterrent they are still stamped DO NOT DUPLCIATE.
No matter if these keys and their warning instill the necessary security they mean to express it is best to adhere to the warning.