How to Avoid Lock Bumping

alarm monitoring JacksonvilleYou would be surprised to learn how easy it is to unlock most common locks without an original key. In most cases, this is done using a technique known as “lock bumping”. Burglars and intruders use this technique to get into homes without signs of a forced entry.

How can you know that your lock is safe, and what precautions can you take to ensure that your home is not “lock bumped”?

What is lock bumping?

Lock bumping is a technique used to gain entry into an otherwise locked home. It leaves no trace and is a simple tactic to learn. You would be surprised to find the number of videos on YouTube that teaches one to lock bump. The technique is simple, and here are the steps:

  1. A special key, which can be bought online, is inserted into a keyhole.

  2. Then the intruder will “bump” the key with the back end of a screwdriver or similar object.

  3. This will force the lock pins to jump the shear line, leaving a short window where the key acts like a perfect match for the lock.

  4. With a small force to turn the key, the door will simply unlock as if the key was an original.

Four simple steps is all it takes to unlock your front door. The internet makes this an easy technique to learn and an accessible trick to obtain. With such an easy way to break an entry, it is important to be aware of how secure are your current locks.

Know the facts

  • The keys used to lock bump are special cut keys designed to beat conventional pin and tumbler locks.

  • Locks that are especially susceptible to this type of forced entry are old style cylinder locks.

  • It’s important to note that bump keys leave no sign of a forced entry. This can be a problem if your insurance requires proof of a break-in to claim your stolen or broken valuables.

Secure your entries

There are many ways to avoid your doors being broken into, particularly being broken into using the lock bump technique. Here are a few ideas when considering your locks:

  • An affordable option is to have a locksmith insert additional pins that will make it more difficult to lock bump. However, this is not an impossible solution.

  • You can also consider installing a pick proof, bump proof deadbolt to your locks or install bump resistant locks.

  • Another alternative is to replace your locks with heavy duty, pick and bump resistant locks that can be found at lock and security shops.

  • Or you can avoid key locks all together and get a key-less lock. It can be considered a safer option than hassling with a key lock.

Other precautions

There are many other options to assist in securing your home from intruders. Consider these as additional or alternative options to your home’s safety:

  • Motion sensor lights are always a great precaution. Intruders can easily be deterred. With motion censored lights, intruders feel vulnerable to exposure and often times leave. If you don’t have motion censored lights, install entry lights that you can turn on at night or solar lights that use the suns energy to light up your front door when it gets dark.

  • Security systems are a great safety device to not only deter but catch an intruder. Also, this can be proof to insurance companies if the lock bump technique was used by a burglar. There are many different types of security systems to fit your family’s needs. Wireless systems allow you to have mobile access to your home’s security. Additionally, it is easy to install into your home, and you can choose where to set up your monitors, including at each door entry to your home. Video surveillance cameras are another great option. Videos can assist authorities in catching an intruder that attempts to break into your home. Security systems have the benefit of being connected to authorities that can check on your home right away. Check out our security systems. We have a 45  second guarantee response rate.

When it comes to securing your home, multiple precautions offer the best security. You don’t have to feel vulnerable to lock bumping. Now that you know the technique and alternative ways to lock up your home, you can be rest assured that you and your family are safe.

To learn more about the common ways burglars will try to break in, click here.