Is the Key Cutter and Key Cutting another dying business ?
Perhaps I am writing this thinking about the end of our business as the majority of revenue earned in our industry is through the cutting of keys. Selling locks is just becoming a commodity and everyone is jumping in at trying to sell locks over the internet. However, Key Cutting and offering this type of service requires investment and education its the service that supports the industry.
Part of me says NO don’t let the business die as we move over to a more electronic way of controlling our security. It is getting more common for customers coming into the showroom looking for car keys to be reprogrammed and digital access control solutions.
I follow a numerous amount of focus groups and alerts on google in my industry and you are starting to see a lot of small companies investing, inovating into electronic locks using mobile phones, apps, fobs and cards as keys to gain access trough doors. This type of technology has been around in the commercial sector for a long time. So, not new in that respect but very new in respect to the domestic market.
Last year Yale Security brought out a combination lock that would fit on the same profile as its Yale Rim Cylinder Night Latches. These are sold on line with us as well as in the big DIY sheds through out the UK.
I question the success of the lock if I have to be honest, one of the fundamental flaws with this type of lock on a domestic property is whether or not your insurance company will still insure you if you have this type of lock fitted.
It would certainly not comply with BS3621 or even BS8621.
This is a question that is constantly being asked of us by customers, they want to have the same flexibility of being able to walk up to their car, open the door, press the start button and off they go, they don’t want the fuss of finding keys, pushing the key into the lock, turn, unlock, open door, go through the whole routine again with the ignition while trying to get the steering wheel lock off. and we have not even got going yet. Then, go through the whole routine when you have got to your destination.
Amazing the think, this has been around now on cars at least 10 years yet we still use a big brass key to lock our houses.
Perhaps its about time that insurance companies and the British Standard testing houses got together and embrace innovation and start allowing technology to influence how we keep our doors locked.
In the mean time I will, like many other LockSmiths will keep cutting keys earning a living as one of the oldest trades in the world tries to innovate and eventually the key cutter will be a dying art …..
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