The technique of key bumping has been around for a long time, and the tutorials that are available teaching you how to “bump a lock” are all over the Internet. These instructions typically demonstrate that any key “when used properly” can open most any lock that it will fit into. Basically, in short, it involves using a key that already fits into a particular lock and filing it down.
A key must fit into the lock someone wants to pick, but by “bumping” the key or shoving it the rest of the way in, an experienced “bumper” can open the lock just as if they used the actual key to the lock. With new technologies making this a very real threat, bump key protection should be a major concern for any business or homeowner out there.
Some lock pickers have even become resourceful enough to create a bump key using a 3-D printer. The result is a plastic bump key made solely on the base of a picture of the lock’s keyhole able to pick almost any lock. But keep in mind, there are literally hundreds of lock types from many different manufacturers, and thieves would either have to carry around hundreds of bump keys, or already know the exact type of lock you have on your home in order to bump that lock.
Bump Key Protection Methods
High Security Locks
Although some pros claim they could open some high security locks with their 3-D printed key, in reality it would be extremely difficult. To create a bump key for a high security lock it would take more than just a photo.
Not all door locks can be unlocked using a bump key. More expensive high quality locks have built-in bump key protection. One of the best bump key protection methods is to upgrade your home or facility to high security locks such as Medeco or Schlage Primus. Coastal Contract Hardware is a professional locksmith and will help you choose the right locks for your needs.
A monitored security system will protect your family even if a good thief is a great bump key expert and somehow manages to gain access to your home, whether from lock bumping, or some other method. Home with a good security system are three times less likely to be burglarized. A good security system might be as simple as installing motion-sensing lights on the outside of your home, or as robust as a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system with 24/7 monitoring and control access.
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