You may not be aware of the term lock bumping, but you can be sure that those intent on burglarizing your home or business are aware of this technique.
Lock bumping is a lock picking technique for opening a pin tumbler lock using a specially crafted bump key or rapping key. The problem is that lock bumping keys are easily obtainable on the internet.
It used to be that only locksmiths had access to bump keys – a modified key that can be used to open many kinds of locks – but now anyone can buy them online, and police are worried because the keys are increasingly being used in burglaries across the country.
Often times, people don’t even know they’ve been burglarized. That’s because bump keys can be used to break into your house without leaving a trace.
With the right set of bump keys, 90% of U.S. doors with cylinder locks are vulnerable to lock bumping.
Take steps to protect your home and prevent lock bumping in your neighborhood
Steps to prevent lock bumping:
- Clear Visibility – Make sure you and neighbors have a clean view of your door.
- Neighborhood Watch – Create or get involved with your local neighborhood watch, an active neighborhood watch as shown to deter burglary.
- Security Camera – Install and monitor security cameras.
- Anti-Lock Bumping Devices – One of the best, low-cost methods for preventing lock bumping.
- Install Security Pins
- High-Security Locks – bump and pick resistant
- Light Commercial Grade Locks – Replace your current locks with light commercial grade locks. These locks have been tested by third-party organizations.
- Keyless Deadbolt Locks – This is more costly than the options offered above but by far the most secure.
Along with implementing these steps to guard your safety against lock bumping, an overall review of your home’s security system is recommended.