Managing Your Key Codes

Updated November 18th, 2020

An essential part of any locksmith’s daily trade, key codes play a valuable role in creating, cutting, and verifying new keys. All but invisible to the public, being able to find and use keycodes can help simplify a complex job and ensure that clients are kept secure no matter what.

So what exactly is a key code and where can you find them?

What Are Key Codes?

Also known as key identification numbers, these alphanumeric codes are present on almost every locking system and allow practitioners to provide the right key. These can range from domestic keys for homes, locking solutions for filing cabinets and long boxes, to padlocks, bespoke locking solutions, and much more.

While these vary by model and make, the code will either be printed on the key used in the lock or on the device itself. This can often be found around the keyhole on the device, on the locking barrel, or through documentation supplied by your provider, or through other unique solutions.

What Are They?

There are two types of keycodes – blind codes and bitting codes.

Blind codes are the number that is stamped on your key or locking device. These are then analyzed by a locksmith’s computer to construct the bitting code. This allows the professional to correctly introduce the depth and spacing required to finish out a key.

Why Are They So Essential?

Key codes play two essential roles when it comes to personal and property security.

We asked tool experts Best Tool Review for their input: “Firstly, a code allows a locksmith to track the cutting depth and other key details of a lock in order to help replace a key without having to swap out the entire unit. This helps cut downtime for the professional and client alike while guaranteeing that any item is fit for purpose.”

Secondly, the code also allows for an additional layer of security when it comes to creating a duplicate or replica, with the lack of a key or locking number making it difficult for someone to duplicate or ‘crack’ your device.

Any time you acquire a new locking device or set of items for your home, office or items, taking the time to make a note of your keycode can save you a lot of time and stress in the case of a need for a replacement.

What Should I Do if I Can’t Find my Code?

While your keycode is close to essential, it is possible to find a workaround from a practiced locksmith or professional provider. It’s also worth remembering that many padlocks or mass-produced locking products may not come with their own locking code or have it on a unique card that you are given – both of which are worth remembering when seeking out professional support.

If you are still looking for other guidance, many blogs and sites cover essential things to know about key codes and other key queries. Or if you are dealing with a specific problem with your product or brand, contacting your provider for guidance can also help.

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