It is surprising that so few people have a spare key and get caught out when they unfortunately get locked out of their house or lose their keys. Having a spare key is essential for homeowners, business owners, auto owners etc. to name just a few.
1. Spare Keys help prevent Accidental Lockouts
Lockouts can happen to anyone and at best they are frustrating, so it is best to be prepared for an accidental lockout before one even occurs. Not only does a spare key prevent you wasting your precious time and money it can also help in an emergency, it is not unusual to hear parents panicked on the phone as they’ve accidentally locked their young child inside their home whilst taking the bins out!
All it takes is a split second of absent-mindedness to leave you stranded in a lockout, at Keytek® we aim to be with you within 30 minutes in such emergencies and back inside your home in a matter of minutes.
2. What to do when your Key has Snapped
One of the main causes of lockouts is broken keys. Keys are not invincible to time or to the strain that owners put on them day in and day out. Keys can be easily broken when they have been in use for a long time.
If the locks that you use in conjunction with your key are not behaving the way they are intended, then you might be in for a key break. In some cases, you will be able to tell that your key is in danger of breaking just by paying close attention to it. Many keys will have minor cracks along the shaft of the key, and this is a sign that your key is in danger of breaking.
The presence of a spare key reduces the chances of damaging an original key. This is because one key will not be exposed to the extreme amounts of pressure that come with extended use. A spare key allows owners to switch between multiple keys. This allows them to make use of a spare key of their original key is showing signs of wear and prevent the original key snapping inside the lock rendering it useless and for you to become locked out.
3. Spare Keys make Key Replacements Fast
There are several things that will lead people to need a key replacement. It could be that you lost your keys*, the key got stolen*, or the key got broken. Whatever the case may be, in this scenario, your next move will be to acquire the help of a local Locksmith that can help you fashion a new key.
Having a spare key handy greatly decreases the amount of time that a Locksmith will need to fashion a new key for you. If the key is not available, the Locksmith will either have to disassemble your lock or they will have to resort to other measures to try and obtain the key code necessary to cutting your new key. In the instance that you are already in possession of a spare key, the key cutting process takes only minutes, and it will cost owners only a fraction of what it would have been without a spare key available.
*In the event that your keys are lost or stolen we recommend that you have your locks replaced with new keys as you do not want your keys falling into the wrong hands. At Keytek® we will always provide 2/3 keys with every door lock replacement and more may be available if asked for in advance.
4. Spare Keys Give Multiple Users More Convenience
There is an old saying that goes, “too many cooks spoil the broth”. The same concept applies to having too many people using one key. For instance, if a homeowner only has one set of keys, and has multiple people living under their roof, it makes it hard for everyone to depend on one person to always be there to lock and unlock doors. It also increases the chances of keys getting lost because there are so many people who are using one key.
With the presence of a spare key, every individual is responsible for their own key, and it allows for much more convenient access to places. If homeowners and commercial business owners are concerned about limiting access, they can look into employing master key systems. Any professional Locksmith will able to answer whatever questions you might have about this.
5. Spare Keys help you save Money
In the long run, having a spare key can save you lots of money as a homeowner, car owner, or a business owner. In the instance that you already have a spare key made (or several spare keys), you can avoid the fees that will be incurred with having to call a Locksmith, having to miss an important meeting, or having to keep your business closed for a few hours because no one can gain access. There are many more downsides to not having a spare key than there are to having one.
If you happen to lose your keys, or they break or they are simply out of the picture somehow, you will most likely be making use of Locksmiths services. In most cases you will need a door unlocking or a key extracting when this happens and the costs will of course be higher than that of getting a spare key cut.
How Many Spare Keys Should You Have?
The number of spare keys will be determined by your particular preferences, you can create multiple spare house keys to distribute to those you trust. It might be a good idea to give a spare key to a trusted neighbour and or a nearby trusted family member, but bear in mind we would suggest that you limit the number of spare keys you give out as this can lead to security issues.
Who Should Have a Key to your House?
Considering who should have a spare key to your property is important for better security for yourself and your property. Anyone you trust can have a spare key to your house, but you might want to consider a few factors like proximity and reliability – if you were locked out and needed to get in could they be there to provide a spare key.
If you know your neighbours well, we suggest giving a spare key to a trusted neighbour who lives close to you as the best option, as all you will have to do if you are locked out is just walk next door! A family member or friend is also the perfect to person to give a spare key too.
You should choose someone who you trust and whom you have faith won’t misplace your key as this could cause some issues with your home security.
Additional Tips about Spare Keys
Many people who make use of keys fear that spare keys make their homes, cars and offices more vulnerable. This is simply because it increases the chance of someone gaining access to your key because there is now more than one key. This is a valid fear to have, but it is important that you keep your spare key safe and in trustworthy hands at all times. Here are some of the ways you can accomplish that to your spare key:
Do not advertise that you have spare keys available unless it is to the people who will also be using said spare key.
Never leave your spare keys outside your home (the plant pot or under the door mat for example), these are the first places a burglar will look and it will invalidate your home insurance if the intruder uses a key to enter your home.
Only leave your spare key with someone you trust, a local family member, friend or neighbour are your best options.
Make sure that you keep a list of all the spare keys you have made and know who has access to each of these spare keys. This makes it easier to track down in case anything goes wrong or if you want to get rid of a spare key.
Making use of a spare key is one of the best ways to minimise wasting time and money. Spare keys provide their owners with an overall peace of mind, added convenience, and the realisation that they will not be stuck in a lockout for long if they ever find themselves in one.