COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — It's the yellow box that's popping up at several local grocery stores. It's a convenient technology at your fingertips that allows you to copy keys. But just not ordinary keys, "KeyMe" now lets you duplicate some key fobs and electronic key cards
So, ABC 6 put it to the test starting out with a key fob from work.
Reporter Maria Durant tried and tried with one fob - but it wouldn't clone. The fob could be just too old to use. According to the Kiosk it states it can duplicate 'Most Common Electronic Cards and Fobs'.
Next, the ABC 6 team tries to copy a key card from work. Similar to one that most companies use. And in minutes, surprising to us, the card copied. Following the simple instructions: a new key.
But does it work?
After trying door, after door at ABC 6 - the copied key had no problem opening doors. Certainly, a great tool to use if the key belongs to you. But unnerving if someone else copies the key.
Edward Deveau, The Senior Director of Law Enforcement Relations with KeyMe said in a statement: "KeyMe is the most secure key duplicating service in the world."
He goes on to say: "For every single key we make, we can determine who made the key. There's a financial paper trail, video footage similar to an ATM, timestamp and detailed record of a key's geometric features."
Columbus Police burglary sergeant Dennis Kline says they haven't had any reports of crime linked to the key copying kiosk, but...
"I'd say with all technologies, they are designed for the benefit of the public at large, but often times criminals can learn to take advantage of these technologies," he said.
And since fobs and electronic cards are used for businesses and even to get into apartments, Kline says it's crucial to follow these key steps:
Sergeant Kline says you need to be careful with your own keys because that convenience could become a criminal's way in.