Master keying a lock involves the addition of pins into the lock cylinder chambers in order to allow more than one key to operate it.
It really doesn’t matter how expensive the lock is, Master Keying decreases the security level that the lock is supposed to provide. This in turn jeopardizes the protection of the property it is intended to protect.
Many apartment buildings, condominiums, townhouses and even newly built homes have locks that have been master keyed. It is convenient for apartment bulding or condominium property management because they only require one key to operate every lock within the property. A lock that contains a master pin in each of 5 chambers will allow 32 different keys to operate it. Just how safe do you think that is for yourself, your family and your property? Even worse is the fact that a Master Keyed lock is much more easily picked open than a conventionally pinned lock by a person with limited lock picking skills. For this reason it is not recommended that external locks be Master Keyed.
If you live in an apartment building or condominium there is a really good chance that the lock on your entrance door has been master keyed. The best advice we can offer to you is to have a qualified Professional Locksmith install a second deadbolt lock on your door that has not been Master Keyed and operates with only one key.
If you have purchased a newly built house or townhouse in a new sub-division then there is a really good chance that the lock on your front door is master keyed. Why leave it to chance? Call a professional locksmith company like Locksmith Toronto to disassemble your front door lock and rekey it. This will help to protect your family and property by setting your lock to a new and completely different key. All existing Master Keys will NOT work the lock.
Security Article Written by: Toronto Locksmith
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