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Stolen keys

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My keys were stolen a while back & while I had the locks for the doors replaced, I still have not had the letter box keys replaced. Does anyone have any idea how I would go about this? Do I have to have the whole letter box replaced? And if so what kind of company should I look for to do this? Would it be a normal key replacement company?

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Re: Stolen keys

You may just be able to replace the lock barrel and catch - but if the door is shut, then you'll have to drill out the old lock to get it open, so you can unscrew the barrel from the back.

Can't advise on replacement as you've given no information as to what you have and where and how it's mounted, but it could be a simple DIY job.
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Re: Stolen keys

Thanks for your reply.

Yes, the door is shut...and I really would have no idea how to go about drilling it out (nor do I even have a drill).

As for the kind of key, I couldn't say - it wasn't a secure/Kaba key tho, just a small key. It's mounted on the wall in the main hallway in a row of letterboxes, I would say it's a fairly standard letterbox..
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Re: Stolen keys

A small chance. Have a look at the lock and see if there is a number engraved on it. If yes, you are in luck. Then find out the brand of mailboxes. There is normally a sticker on the inside of the flap (ask one of the neighbours if you can look at theirs).

Then go to a professional key place and give them the details. The should have the key or they can cut one for you.
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Thanks for your reply.

Yes, the door is shut...and I really would have no idea how to go about drilling it out (nor do I even have a drill).

As for the kind of key, I couldn't say - it wasn't a secure/Kaba key tho, just a small key. It's mounted on the wall in the main hallway in a row of letterboxes, I would say it's a fairly standard letterbox..
Yep ... fairly standard - but one of a bank of boxes and difficult and costly to replace.

If the above suggestion doesn't work, then its probably cheaper to employ the services of a professional mobile locksmith to drill out the old lock and replace the barrel.

Not cheap, but preferable to replacement, in terms of cost.

Then, get a spare key cut, if the new lock doesn't come with two.
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A small chance. Have a look at the lock and see if there is a number engraved on it. If yes, you are in luck. Then find out the brand of mailboxes. There is normally a sticker on the inside of the flap (ask one of the neighbours if you can look at theirs).

Then go to a professional key place and give them the details. The should have the key or they can cut one for you.
Thanks for the advice, but unfortunately, I can't see any number on the lock - I guess that means I will have to get a locksmith to replace it?
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Re: Stolen keys

If you know someone with very small hands, you might be able to get them to put their hand inside the letter flap and unscrew the large nut holding the lock using a spanner.
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Thanks for the advice, but unfortunately, I can't see any number on the lock - I guess that means I will have to get a locksmith to replace it?
You could ask the neighbours whose boxes are either side to see if there is a number on the inside on the lock, or on the key. If there is, it could be something as simple as a consecutive sequence.

Have you spoken with the building abwart/regie - they may be able to provide information, or even have a spare or master key?
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You could ask the neighbours whose boxes are either side to see if there is a number on the inside on the lock, or on the key. If there is, it could be something as simple as a consecutive sequence.

Have you spoke with the building abwart/regie - they may be able to provide information, or even have a spare or master key?
Good idea! I will check with my neighbours and see - I'm really hoping to be saved another encounter with the locksmith! I'm pretty sure I had all the keys, but it's always worth checking. Thanks so much to all of you for your help - I'll let you know how I get on!
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