It’s disturbing. Our search for expeditious convenience has produced a number of technological advances without regard to collateral effect it might have when made for the “everyman” but used by the criminal.

Information and Advice from HCCP2:

You are the best guardian of your safety. ~ Constable Chris Diaz

ARE THERE MOBILE APPS THAT CAN COPY MY HOUSE KEY?

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If this doesn’t burn holes in your sense of security, nothing will.  You know, it’s disturbing that our search for expeditious convenience has produced a market in which keys can be ordered through the use of an application without regard to collateral effect it might have when employed by the criminal element.  But, I guess, the same could be said for a number of things made for the “everyman” but used by the criminal.

Time and time again, I surf the web for the latest technological developments and marvel at our forward progress.  Then, I shake my head, knowing that, eventually, these marvelous creations will fall into the hands of the bad guys who will, undoubtedly, twist it into a criminal tool.

You know I’m a big advocate of knowledge.  With knowledge comes power.  With that in mind, I submit to you an article from the Mercury Insurance website blog entitled, “Breaking in With the Click of a Button”. The article was drafted on September 30, 2014, and there is no listed author, but the words contained therein shook the pillars of personal security.

Submitted for your review, here is the blog article:

“Burglars don’t wear ski masks and hide in your bushes anymore. And they no longer have to break into a home or car by kicking in a window or door. Technology has made it much easier. In fact, all they need is a smart phone.

According to an article in Wired, apps like KeyMe and several others allow a person to copy a key by taking a picture of it, uploading it to the app, and giving an address for the key to be sent. This means tech savvy robbers will be able to get what they need simply by taking a picture.

It’s a scary prospect; just setting your keys down while reaching for your purse and wallet could lead to a break in if someone knows where you live. Think you’re safe if your key says “do not copy”? Think again, because according to the article’s author, Andy Greenberg, they will duplicate any key.

This technology is so new that many people have never heard about it and would be oblivious to the prospect that someone could copy their keys without actually having one.

“It makes you think twice about giving your keys to someone,” says Dan Bales, special investigations unit director for Mercury Insurance. “If you give your keys to a valet, he or she now has everything needed to break into your house. Your registration provides your address and an app can now make a copy of your key.”

Technology can be a double-edged sword. It allows us to do so many great things, but it also can leave us more vulnerable than ever. It almost makes you want to go back to the days of a man hiding in your bushes…well, maybe not, but it does make you think. A man in the bush will always be a scary thought, but someone having the keys to your house is just as frightening.

And that’s the point. Apps like KeyMe can be a great help, but people with bad intentions can also find a way to use it for another purpose that might not be so beneficial. You need to be aware of things like KeyMe to keep your possessions as well as your family safe.”

Thanks for your question and remember, you are the best guardian of your safety and that of your family.

Be safe and Happy Holidays from your Constable at HCCP2.