Lock Tech Matt Dolan, at right in photo, cuts a car key on the Bravo III key machine that was rented for a week by Universal Television set designers for a locksmith scene in Episode 9 of the popular TV drama Chicago P.D.
The cast of the hard-hitting drama, about the city’s police and elite Intelligence Unit, is shown on the left.
In November, 2016, Stella Brown, a Chicago P.D. set designer, contacted our Hardware Sales Representative, John Comastro, and asked about the possibility of renting a key machine for a week. She also wanted to purchase 500 key blanks, asking for ten different automotive types, with one cut key from each type.
Sales Manager Jim Walsh demonstrated “How To Cut Keys on a Semi-Automatic Key Machine” to the TV folks who drove to Des Plaines to pick-up the duplicator. Rent was set at $400, but replacement cost would have been $4,000 if the machine had not been returned, without damage, at the end of the week.
Episode 9 aired in early January, and is available online.