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Website creates key copies with snap of camera

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FOX5 Reporter Tiffany Murphy shows a pair of keys, one of which was a copy purchased via a smartphone app. (Jason Valle/FOX5) FOX5 Reporter Tiffany Murphy shows a pair of keys, one of which was a copy purchased via a smartphone app. (Jason Valle/FOX5)
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From an oil change to the valet, people hand over their keys on countless occasions. However, a recently introduced app has made one man think twice.

“I don't know that technology is such a great thing,” said Las Vegas-area resident Roy Johnson. ”It's getting out of hand.

Jordan Meyer, founder of keysduplicated.com, said he started the site to keep consumers from having to run to the hardware store whenever they needed a copy of their key.

The process is simple. Take a picture of a key, upload it to the website, pay for it with a credit card and the duplicated key is shipped in a few days.

Simplicity is great, but is the process secure? Meyer said he thinks so.

“We require the front and back of the key. So, you have physical control over the key,” Meyer said. “We have a couple of other security checks internally. Also, we require a non-pre-paid credit card.”

Local ABC Locksmith Idan Etzyoni said his company has the technology to make a key from a picture, but he doesn't do it, because it's not safe.

“We do not want our guys to be able to do those because of the security breach and the liability and responsibility if we do that,” Etzyoni said.

Meyer said that no matter whether one uses his online service or a local locksmith, people should be careful with their keys.

“We want to reiterate, there are a lot of dangers out there for keys,” Meyer said. “They are not a great security system. Locksmiths have been able to make [them] for a long time.”

Etzyoni recommends high-security locks, which has a key that's not able to be duplicated without a special coded card.

Meyer said that, as far as he knows, only reporters are the only people that have been making fictitious copies.

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