Many people have never heard of lock bumping. For your protection, it is important to understand what it is and how to avoid becoming a victim.
What Is Lock Bumping?
The simplest explanation of lock bumping is that it consists of a lock being picked. Also referred to as “rapping,” this technique has been used to open doors for more than 50 years. Unfortunately, lock bumping is also highly effective, working on more than 90 percent of cylinder-type door locks. Of course, this technique is performed by someone who has taken the time to learn how to pick a lock quickly and efficiently.
As part of lock bumping, some criminals use a bump key. This key consists of all cuts being at the maximum depth. With this type of key, someone can open dimple as well as standard pin tumbler locks. All a burglar has to do is add a few strategic cuts to a standard house key or purchase a bumped key on the Internet. Obviously, lock bumping is scary, but there are ways to fight back.
Avoid Becoming a Victim
Here are some ways that you can avoid becoming a victim of lock bumping.
- Home Security System – One of the most effective means of protecting your home against criminals is by having a home security system installed. Although burglars can typically gain access to a home or business quickly, most are not interested in trying to gain access to one with a security system.
- Security Cameras – With wireless security cameras so easy to install and affordably priced, they make great protection against bumpers. Security cameras can be mounted to doors, windows, and specific areas both inside and outside of homes and businesses. These cameras record and store video that could be turned over to the police for investigation and prosecution if someone were to try to gain access.
- Bumping Protection – Another way to avoid becoming a victim is by purchasing an actual lock bumping protector. There are many excellent options, including those that you can install as a do-it-yourself project. Of course, a professional locksmith can assist if needed. The device is placed on the lock, making it impossible for a burglar to use bumping. Because these devices are portable, they are ideal for not just homes and businesses, but also college dormitories and hotels.
- New Door Locks – One of the more expensive solutions is to replace or have a professional locksmith replace all of the door locks. With bumping being such a widely used method of gaining entry, many lock manufacturers now offer products with built-in deterrents. There are also electronic locks made with mushroom pins that make lock bumping impossible.
- Other Deterrents – You might also consider buying a large dog for protection, installing better lighting, or adding motion sensors that set off alarms without actually calling a home security company.