There are a number of reasons why it is always a good idea to use utility meter locks. One of the most obvious reasons is that this type of lock is impervious to intrusion and is tamper-resistant. These locks were designed several decades ago to make it difficult for those wishing to pick or hack a lock. In fact, these locks are designed in such a way that it is almost impossible to cut or access the locked without the proper key. In addition, because these locks are so well designed to work with a full range of utility meters it is important to always pair a correctly calibrated key to a particular lock. In many cases the key may look like it will work with a lock but if it is not the specific key intended for a specific lock it can ultimately damage the lock and the key. Always work with knowledgeable and experienced technicians to ensure that you are getting a correctly calibrated and paired key for the meter lock you are trying to open.
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