Alarming Facts about Lock Bumping

An experienced intruder can get into your home in as little as 15 seconds.  Today there are many tools available online (or even tools that thieves can make themselves) that allow intruders quick access into your home or place of business.

Intruders today are using a process known as lock bumping to gain access to locked doors. Lock bumping is high security pluga popular technique used by criminals to open cylinder locks and deadbolt locks by using a specially designed key called a bump key. Lock bumping has gained popularity in the past few years due to the simplicity and effectiveness of this technique. Originally used by locksmiths, this technique has come to the attention of criminals who can simply search the internet for topics like, “How to Create a Bump Key”, and they are given step by step instructions on how to create a bump key and how to “bump open” a lock!  There are countless videos on You Tube that demonstrate the entire process as well! If this is not a greenlight for crime – I don’t know what is!

What is a bump key?

Bump keys are special keys that are cut to take advantage of the mechanics of pin tumbler locks.  It is basically a standard key that has all the cuts (or valleys) at maximum depth so that it can fit it into all locks. If the bump key physically fits into a lock, there is a good chance the key will open the lock.  Many sites on the internet sell a complete bump key set for about $20.00.  This key will open virtually any lock.  In addition, homemade bump keys can be easily made with an old key and a triangular file.  Lock bumping can be learned in under an hour and requires almost no skills. With bump keys and tutorials so readily available online, lock bumping has become one of the most effective tools in the criminal’s arsenal. According to the Crime, “Researchers estimate that over 95% of conventional home and business locks are vulnerable to a bump key attack.”

What can you do to protect your home?

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Today, more than 90% of American homes have doors with old style cylinder locks which are extremely vulnerable to lock bumping.  Even brand-new locks from big box home improvement and hardware stores are also vulnerable to lock bumping.

The best option is to purchase a high security cylinder lock that can protect your home. These locks are known for their strength and resistance to tampering.  They are secure locks that are bump and pick resistant and they offer a significant defense against picking, drilling, and unauthorized key duplication.  Made of solid metal such as brass or steel they also offer an added defense against forced entry.

One Stop Locksmith has a large selection of the strongest, high security locks and keys for your home.  They can install these locks on any door in your home; giving you the protection and peace of mind you want for the safety of your home and family. Give them a call at 888-599-5625 and they can inspect all of the locks on your home or place of business. Protect your home, family or place of business with a high security locks today.

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