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Keyed Alike Locks: Just 1 Key to Operate Multiple Locks

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The image above shows our specialist locksmith Chris installing Mul-T-Lock, high security, keyed alike locks in a house in Highgate. The customer wanted three front door locks to operate with just one high security key. It will make the homeowners life much easier!

Keyed Alike Locks for Home and Commercial Security

Keyed alike, high security locks and keys are becoming increasingly popular for both home and commercial properties. That is because they provide great convenience and can have significant security benefits.

Keyed alike security systems are not to be confused with master key systems or master key suites, which we have covered in a previous post about IKS Locksmiths Approach to Master Key Systems.

Streamline Your Bunch of Keys with One Key for Multiple Locks

Keyed alike locks are a security option that many people are unaware of. Customers are very enthusiastic when we explain the advantage of this simple concept which can make life less complicated. You can even use just one key for locks in multiple properties.

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A high security locks keyed alike system is one of those things that once you discover it you wonder how you lived without it!

The Benefit of Master Locks Keyed Alike

Master locks with the same key are very satisfying to install. Helping those with multiple locks to simply their security is very rewarding for the customer and locksmiths alike! It can really streamline things when you have multiple door locks with the same key. For example;

  • All your home front door locks on one key
  • Your home back door lock on the same key
  • Your holiday home on the same key
  • Your office (if it’s your office) on the same key
  • Any other locks you use on the same key.

It has definitely made my life and many of our customers’ lives simpler. So many people don’t know that having all your house locks on the same key is an option. Even your mortice lock can be keyed alike! Many can’t understand how it works.

How Keyed Alike Locks Work

Referred to as Keyed alike, it works not because each lock is the same but because the key holds a number of different cuts to allow it to work in each of the locks specified. Master lock keyed alike can be done with high security and standard locks and keys. I do recommend high security keys as they provide a higher level of security whether you are looking into replacing door locks with the same key or not.

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Just Moved House and Changing Locks?

If you have just moved into a new home it is really important to change your locks as there are a number of people who could hold a key to your new home. This is the perfect opportunity to choose to have all your door locks keyed alike and working from one key. Read our security guide for home movers.

Choosing a Locksmith for Master Locks Keyed Alike

It is always important to choose a locksmith carefully to avoid the many rogue locksmiths. See our guide on how to choose a Locksmith.

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Not all locksmiths offer a keyed alike service. You need to choose a locksmith that has the equipment and ability to cut one key for multiple locks. Duplicate high security keys can be ordered in our online key cutting shop.

A keyed alike system can work well for residential locks and for commercial properties where the owner needs access to multiple locks. We are a specialist residential and commercial locksmith and have demand for keyed alike locks for both residential and commercial clients.

If you require commercial keyed alike locks or residential keyed alike locks, or a combination of both, most reputable locksmiths offer a free survey of your premises and will present you with a proposal. IKS Locksmiths are Master Locksmiths based in North London who can deal with all your lock fitting needs.

Contact us for advice or a competitive quote.

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