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Special Assignment Report: Who's Got Your Keys

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Have you ever lost your keys?

Do you leave them out in public places?

Maybe on your desk at work?

There's a website that makes it easy to replace your keys by taking a picture of them.

But is it safe?

Myron Piehl has owned Polk's Lock Service in Cedar Falls for 22 years.

He makes thousands of keys each year.

But according to at least one web site we found, that's old school stuff.

The website keysduplicated.com can do it for you all online.

All they need is a high quality picture of the front and back of the key, a credit card, and your smartphone or computer.

They promise to send the duplicated key through the U.S. Postal Service in 2 or 3 days.

It's all legal. You see, it's not illegal to get a key made - even if it's not yours. It's how - AND IF - you use it for criminal purposes that's the issue. For instance, if you open the door to someone else's home, and they don't want you there. Or if you use the key to drive someone else's vehicle. That's a crime.

"It's common sense. Yeah. You don't want to give your keys to people you don't trust. If you take your car to get it parked, give them just the key to your car, not your house key, and don't give them that opportunity," said Piehl.

In fact, after we got in touch with Piehl about this story, he decided to test the site.

"We have keys that can only be duplicated by authorized people. So we set one of those in. It's a high security key way and they would not duplicate it," said Piehl.

They sent an e-mail back to him saying so.

He says he won't make keys based on a picture.

He also says his price to copy a key is a lot cheaper and quicker, so if you're worried about losing your keys, find the time to make a duplicate.

We reached out to keysduplicated.com.

They were willing to do an interview but we could not connect with them in time for our broadcast.

We checked with all 5 of eastern Iowa's largest police departments.

They tell us they don't know of an instance where someone has used a duplicated key to steal a car or break into a home.

The best advice?

Common sense - keep your keys on you - whether it's in your purse or in your pocket.

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