Ever hear of lock bumping? If you’re a business or homeowner and you want to protect your dwelling it’s something you need to know about. This technique involves using a bump key that mimics the actual key and helps criminals to quickly and easily make their way in through standard locks – you know, the generic kind that is sold at home improvement stores.
In addition to easily accessible online videos teaching would-be criminals just how to do this, there is also the fact that there are no signs of forced entry with this method. That means if you’re not aware – you could have property stolen or illegal access to your building happening unknowingly. Worse, some insurance companies won’t even cover burglary claims if there is no sign of forced entry.
In the past, these types of bump keys were used by mechanics to help them gain access into a car where the keys were lost or locked inside. The way they work is rotational pressure is placed on the key, and it’s bumped just hard enough into the knob to jar the pins and open it, but without damaging the lock or key.
The good news is that now that this illicit use of bump keys has become well known, lock manufacturers are creating bump-proof locks that contain high-security cylinders or sidebar mechanisms so this type of entry is prevented.
If security is your top priority then have high-security locks installed by a professional locksmith. This will keep your locks safe from lock bumping and unknown entry and give you peace of mind to go about your day.
All United Locksmiths can change the locks in your building and can even rekey your existing locks so that they are no longer vulnerable to bumping. Give us a call today!