The Frightening Truth About Lock Bumping

 As many as 95% of conventional homes could be vulnerable to lock bumping.

As many as 95% of conventional homes could be vulnerable to lock bumping.

 

Our post last week covered vital ways to make sure your doors are safe against burglars, and this week we'd like to discuss one common security flaws that burglars exploit all over the country: lock bumping.

Lock bumping requires the use of a "bump key" that's specially cut to take advantage of pin tumbler locks.  Intruders use these keys to open cylinder and deadbolt locks, older models of which are particularly vulnerable.  Due to the simplicity and effectiveness of the technique, lock bumping is an increasingly popular method being used by burglars.  Researchers have estimated that as many as 95% of conventional home and business locks could be vulnerable to a bump key attack.

More than 90% of American homes use outdated cylinder locks that are vulnerable to lock picking, but fortunately high-security options are available that will prevent bump keys from opening your doors.  If you're unsure whether your lock is secure, contact Local Locksmith Now today.  We can inspect your doors and offer high security replacements if needed.  Give us a call now!