So what exactly is residential lock rekey and what does it mean to you? Re-Keying is the process where the lock code and keys are changed. First, the new code is generated and the combination pins in the lock are changed to match the new code. Second, new keys are cut to match the new code and enable the operation of the lock. Third, the new code is registered to the end user.
Not all locks are re-keyable. Some are just too inexpensive to be cost effective, others are just not capable of the re-key process. Most “High Security” locks are capable of the process and in fact re-keying will cost about 30% of the price of a new high security lock.
Here are some reasons to consider Re-Keying:
Lost, stolen or misplaced keys
Moving into a new house or commercial business
Loss of key control
Expanding the locking system
Have more people that need keys then the available keys
Want to make sure you have a secure system and control of your keys
You what to go from a “Keyed Alike” system to a “Master” system
The type of lock will determine how this process actually works. If you have cam locks or padlocks you would send those to a Lock Service Center. There the locks would be re-keyed to your specifications and new keys would be cut. If you have multiple locks and can’t send them in, then you could order a few new locks then do an exchange program where the locks you send in would be re-keyed to the new locks that you started the process with.
When re-keying door locks, again it depends on the type of lock cylinder. If it is a SFIC (small format interchangeable core) cylinder it can be removed from the door lock and sent in to a Lock Service Center to undergo the same process as outlined above for cam locks and padlocks. If the cylinder is permanent then you must call out a locksmith who will be able to re-key the lock and cut the new keys while he is at your home or facility.
As stated earlier Re-Keying is a way to save money over the cost of new replacement locks. It is also a perfect way to gain back key control. Key control is knowing how many cut keys you have and where they are at all times.
George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price.