One picture of your key could unlock trouble for you and your family

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DENVER -- You may want to keep a closer eye on your keys, because now, by using an online service -- all you need is a picture to get access to someone's home.

"We just wanted to revolutionize the key industry," said Joran Meyer, the COO of KeysDuplicated.com, a website that offers to make copies of house keys from photos.

Meyer says the service isn't just for personal use, but also for businesses and landlords that may need quick access to a home.

But the idea doesn't sit well with some.

"It is one more way for someone who wants to do something fraudulently with your key to get it done," said Steve Davis of the Lakewood Police Department.

"If I want a key made, I want to go down to the hardware store and I want to hand it to someone that cuts that key and hands it right back to me," Davis said.

Despite concerns from law enforcement all over the country, Jordan Meyer says his service is safer than a locksmith.

"We have many safeguards in our service to prevent anyone from copying a key that isn't theirs," Meyer said, adding that the service requires a credit card to purchase a duplicate, meaning that the buyer can be traced.

"The fact is that most locksmiths don't ask for any sort of identification or credit card," said Meyer. "There's no traceability."

"Well, there's more than sending a photo," said Steven Stamper, a locksmith at ACE Hardware in Lakewood.

Stamper argues that a locksmith with a physical location is safer, because "they want some information from you on who you are, where you live, and where the key goes."

As for traceability with a credit card, officer Steve Davis pointed out that Lakewood Police handle several hundred reports of stolen credit cards daily, meaning that someone can potentially use the service without being traced.

Despite the debate, everyone agrees you should keep your keys hidden away.

"Keys should be kept private at all times," said Meyer. "Whether it's a service like ours, whether it's a locksmith -- people should keep their keys private."

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