Although the laws vary from state to state, it can be stated that a key stamped “Do Not Duplicate” can, in fact, be reproduced. Actually, there is very little that can be done to stop the key from being made over and over again without repercussions – except for the resulting security vulnerabilities to your home or business. The “Do Not Duplicate” stamped message began to appear on keys several years ago, in an attempt to maintain control over keys distributed to employees, renters, and others who at one time or another needed key access to a business or property. The idea was that locksmiths and other businesses in the position to make duplicate keys would pause –– and refuse to duplicate –– when such a key was presented. The hope was also to discourage those in possession of such a key from attempting to have it copied.
Importance of Finding an Omaha Locksmith Who Will Honor the “Do No Duplicate” Stamp
It is true that having “Do Not Duplicate” (or “DND”) keys can reduce a business’s security risk since it does reduce the number of locksmiths willing to make copies. Professional locksmiths exist to take your security seriously and typically ask that a series of criteria be met before reproducing a “Do Not Duplicate” key.
However, even with local locksmiths with honor, if someone who has your key decides to go to a self-serve kiosk or a big-box store that who may copy any key without question. The ability to make extra sets of keys in spite of the warning stamp remains a frequently ignored business policy and real security threat.
There is some good news in the “Do Not Duplicate” key story. Generally speaking, there are two types of keys: restricted and unrestricted. Unrestricted keys are available almost anywhere, including hardware stores. Restricted keys are only available at certain locations, such as a locksmith shop. Either may be marked “Do Not Duplicate.” The restricted key is considerably harder to reproduce. (Read more about restricted and unrestricted keys in our blog on this subject .)
Develop a Relationship with a Trusted Locksmith
If you do have “Do Not Duplicate” keys and you operate a business, there will likely be situations when you need to get additional copies made. The best way to be sure you can accomplish this without difficulty is to have an existing relationship with a reputable locksmith already. They can easily determine whether the key is unrestricted, meaning it can legally be copied, or if further permissions are required.
And, if you have so many copies of your “Do Not Duplicate” keys in distribution that you aren’t sure who may have one, and you are thinking about making more, it may be time to talk to your locksmith about rekeying or replacing your locks altogether.
Ready to get serious about key security?
Whether you need to duplicate keys or it is time to ask about new key security options, Big Red Locksmiths is here to help. Give us a call at 402-554-0499 today!