Use a Unique Key Code When Possible

by Jon on October 1, 2010

As it turns out, there are only a few key codes commonly used by the banks for homes being foreclosed. If you know where to look, you can easily find out what these codes are. So, any would-be thief likely already knows what those codes are and has a set of keys already made up so that he can easily gain access to a bank-owned property. Usually one can easily identify homes that have been re-keyed and simply try a few keys until the right one is found. I have often opened homes that have previously been re-keyed using such a set of keys that I have made up for this purpose. I can usually get the right key the first or second try!! How secure is that? …not very. So, unless the bank requires you to use a specific code, I recommend using a unique key code. It can be one you come up with on your own or your locksmith should be able to provide one for you. Let’s face it, if someone really wants to get into a house, he can. But let’s make it as difficult for him as we possibly can.
And if you are a new home owner, I recommend that you have your locks changed as soon as possible after you move in; because there are a lot of folks out there who have a key to your home, and not all of them are honest.

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admin October 14, 2010 at 8:56 am

Thank-you Joe. You’re very kind. Glad you’re enjoying the articles. Jon

online poker October 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

I always motivated by you, your thoughts and attitude, again, appreciate for this nice post.

– Joe

admin October 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Thanks for the great feedback. Good information for everyone to have.

Seroogy October 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Excellent point, Jon.
When you do the math, the most common residential lock in this country has under 16,000 different keys. In Temecula, this averages out to the same key being used on about every 7th house. Take into account the looser tolerances of these locks and the wear of older locks, and you’ll probably find that a single key will work about every 5th house.

Fortunately, due to the number of different lock manufacturers, the odds that somebody has a key to your house is much lower. However, this does bring up a point. Aside for just having the locks rekeyed, new homeowners should consider buying locks that are of better quality (tighter tolerances, and longer life); and they should consider placing a good quality deadbolt on exterior doors that do not have them.
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