Locksmiths worry new key cutting app may put your home at risk


A new key cutting app may make it easier for would-be thieves to break into our homes, according to local locksmiths.

New apps available on smart phones allow users to order copies of keys by simply taking photographs of them.

It raises concerns that those to whom we hand over our keys, like mechanics and valet and car wash attendants, could get access to our homes by simply having a smart phone and a few spare seconds.

Greg Marsh, founder and CEO of KeyMe insisted his company is not putting people at risk.

"I think we're doing the exact opposite," Marsh told CBS46 investigative reporter Jeff Chirico.

Marsh said KeyMe has safeguards in place, like requiring a valid credit card, mailing address and two high quality photos of the key.

"That accountability makes us much more secure and it makes it very risky for someone with malicious intentions to use us to copy keys," said Marsh.

But when Chirico tested the KeyMe app, he was able to snap photos of a key a colleague left on his desk within a few seconds.

The key cutters in KeyMe's Manhattan office had no idea whether Chirico ordered a copy of his key or someone else's.

Jack Wynn, a locksmith and owner of Allied Lock and Security in Atlanta pointed out since there's no address attached to the key, if someone got into a home using a KeyMe copy, the thief likely could not be pinpointed.

Marsh recommended people treat their key like a credit card or password and remove their house key before handing your key ring to a valet or mechanic.

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