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    Advice on house locks

    Locksmiths

    Is it better to have all of your house locks based on the same key? Or is it better to have several different keys? I can see on the one hand how having lots of keys can be an issue because the risk of losing one is more but then again, it may be better to have different keys for different locks so if you lose one key, it has less access. Overall, what do you think is the best approach? Thanks.

    Asked by Greg on 10th May 2021
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    Carter Locksmiths

    "I believe it is better to have different keys for different locks as like you said to lose the one that accesses all, would not be great so my opinion would be to have different keys cheers."

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    CCGSussex

    "Good morning, I would like to first start by saying depending on the door types you wouldn't necessarily have the same locks on the doors,so first you would look at that as some insurance companies state that a minimum level of lock is required to fulfill there criteria, please do not hesitate to contact me kind regards David of Castle Construction Group"

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Apr 2021 - report
    All London Locksmiths Ltd

    "It is better to have a separate key for each lock. If you lose the key you would only need to change one lock and not all your locks.
    The best thing is to colour code your keys for each lock.
    Also all locks would have to be repinned to work on one key and is more expensive. This is more used for office buildings."

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Dec 2018 - report
    Expert Locksmiths

    "Keyed alike is more convenient
    However if you lose a key it means replacing all locks as opposed to one"

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Burney Locksmiths

    "Some people prefer having only one key. If they need to get out of the house for security and ease. Saves having a big bunch of keys not knowing which key is what and it saves money getting spare keys cut for each lock"

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Sep 2019 - report
    Rotherham and Doncaster locksmith

    "As you say one key lost means changing all your locks a nightmare and expensive I prefer to have separate keys, at least you have access"

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    Ray goudge

    "Hi, for security and cost I would definitely fit locks with different keys, if you lose one key you will then need to change all locks which is expensive. If you have different keys you can the just change whichever lock the key was lost from.

    Ray"

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    Locsmith Kings

    "Morning Greg,

    I believe what you've said there is pretty much the benefits of both. There isn't much more to cover. It does cost a little extra to have them on the same key so maybe thats a factor to look at."

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    AJS Locksmiths LTD

    "It’s down to personal preference. Having all the locks working with one key reduces the amount of keys needed however, to have all the locks keyed alike its more expensive."

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report

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