Lock bumping is a technique that has been getting attention in recent years. Industry studies estimate that more than 95 percent of conventional locks on homes and businesses are vulnerable to being compromised by lock bumping, a lock-picking technique commonly used on standard pin tumbler locks. These locks are easily compromised with a little expertise and a few basic tools.
The tool used for lock bumping is called a bump key, which is a specially cut key that can bypass the security mechanisms built into traditional pin and tumbler locks. These keys can be purchased online inexpensively or they can easily be created in less than 5 minutes. What’s more, there are many lock bumping tutorials online that feature step-by-step instructions.
To bump a lock, a burglar inserts a bump key into the lock, and then gently “bumps” it with a mallet or a screwdriver. This forces the pins in the lock to the shear line as the key turns and the door opens. The technique requires no special skill and its effective most of the time, allowing thieves to enter your home without any sign of forced entry.
Bump keys are one of the biggest dangers posed to homeowners and business owners for a number of reasons.
- Bump keys themselves are neither expensive nor difficult to find for someone who wants to break into a building, according to crime experts. On websites such as bumpkeys.com, bump keys can be inexpensively purchased by anyone.
- Bump keys work on virtually any lock brand.
- Crime experts familiar with bump keys say they can be used to open a locked door in less than a minute. This makes bump keys a valuable commodity for burglars, who always seek the quickest method to gain entry into a home or business that attracts as little attention as possible.
- Because usually there are no signs of a break-in when bumping is done, insurance companies may not cover loss because “you probably left your door open.”
Security Lock products are bump, drill and pick resistant. Security Lock has recognized the lock bumping issue and has come up with a solution: bump-resistant locks. These locks keep your home safer by:
- Using double locking mechanisms for enhanced security
- Utilizing a patented key cutting system that requires a unique key card to create a duplicate
- Providing enhanced resistance against picking, bumping, and drilling, acting as a major deterrent against thieves
- Initiating a two-tier security system that combines patented and unpatented cylinders and locks for optimal security