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Do I need my locks keyed alike or keyed to differ?

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Do I need my locks keyed alike or keyed to differ?

Here at Lock Shop Direct this is a question we are asked almost daily and the best way we can answer is by simply by explaining what the two terms mean.

Let’s begin with ‘Keying Alike’. Essentially this is where all locks within a set have the same key code, or in other words, one key can used to open multiple locks within the set.

Keying locks alike is a great time saving solution as, with only one key, time does not need to be spent looking for the correct one. It also saves having to carry around a large bunch of keys

‘Keyed to Differ’ is simply where each lock will come with its own key, one which cannot be used on any other locks.

There are no real differences between the two with regard to levels of security; if this was the case we’d highly recommend one over the other! In terms of convenience and time saving, keying alike is the best option, however this does come with an additional cost so when making the decision this will need to be taken into account.

If keying alike is for you then keep an eye out for the below symbol. This will be listed under associated products on the product details page if keying alike is an available. Remember when selecting this option the quantity should always be one less than that of the products being purchased. 

Hopefully that has answered the question however if you do require any further information the team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding keying options. Contact us on 0800 111 4976 or email info@lockshopdirect for more information. 

Why not check out our ISEO cylinder range, all of which can be keyed alike, and has been reduced in price until the end of the month!

Author: Richard Nash

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