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Lock Bumping - What It Is & How To Prevent It

Lock bumping is a lock picking procedure meant to bypass tumbler locks with the help of a series of special keys called “bump keys”. These keys can effectively defeat conventional pin-based door locks, as well as tumbler locks. The lock bumping procedure was initially designed for legal purposes; however, there are burglars that also make use of it for their own criminal plans.

This article will teach you how to protect against lock bumping and make sure your home or commercial space benefit from higher protection against it.

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Lock bumping uses simple rules from physics. A locksmith needs to first insert a key with a special cut inside the lock, then make use of an impact tool such as a hammer or a screwdriver to struck or bump the lock. This particular step of the process gives the name of the technique that uses 999 or bump keys. The resulting energy from the respective impact is meant to coerce the lock's pins to separate and move above the shear line for a short while, aligning the pins and the counterpins found in the cylinder. This will result in the lock instantly opening as the key is turned.  According to data from the National Crime Prevention Council, two-thirds of all reported break-ins occur without the use of force. Some of these break-ins have been facilitated with the help of the lock bumping technique, which is why knowing how to prevent lock bumping is so important.

Anti Lock Bumping Security Tips

While federal and state laws have outlawed the commercialization of professional locksmithing tools to people who are not part of the profession, there are still ways to purchase them online or from the black market. Since around 9 out of 10 homes in the US feature older cylinder lock models that are known to be vulnerable in front of the simple lock bumping technique, here is what you can do to strengthen security on our property:

1. Invest In Anti-Bumping Locks

Get in touch with our expert locksmiths and allow us to introduce you to a series of anti-bumping locks you could consider buying. You could opt for standard locks with added anti-bumping features, electronic, keyless, or high-security lock and key systems, depending on your budget and preferences. An anti-bumping lock will make sure that the springs of the cylinder will stop the pins as well as the counterpins from perfectly aligning when the bumping key is placed inside the keyhole and struck with the help of an impact tool. In other words, the process becomes extremely difficult to complete by a burglar. Look for a quality anti-bumping cylinder with innovative features that relies on double springs and double pins for best results.

2. Add A Bump-Proof Deadbolt To Your Current Lock

A bump-proof deadbolt installed alongside the current lock on your door will help you increase protection on your home. You could also consider investing in a smart lock that you will be able to control with the help of unique pin codes, access cards, or Bluetooth technology on your smartphone for remote access control. Consider buying some branded mortise or deadbolt locks to enjoy enhanced anti-bumping protection and try to avoid investing in new cylinder locks.

3. Advanced Anti-Bumping Devices

There are special devices that are built in such a way that they can deter any unwanted entry inside your home by someone who either has a key to your property or by a potential burglar attempting the key-bumping procedure. These devices need to be attached to the deadlock and this is done quickly and easily, without the need for any special installation tools or prior experience. Opt for a model that is made from sturdy materials with a protective frame that can easily withstand a great variety of impact tools. One of the greatest advantages of these devices comes from the fact that they will allow you to prevent anyone who owns a key, without having to actually change the lock. Travelers can consider packing such a device in their luggage to enjoy enhanced protection in hotels and motels across the country, while people who are handicapped, seniors, women who live alone, or college students can also benefit from the perks of using these devices.

You could also opt for an affordable anti-lock tool called a thumb turn guard that can stop the thumb turn inside the deadbolt from turning. Once the thumb turn is unable to rotate, it will be impossible to cause the key to turn. In other words, the deadbolt will not be able to retract into the lock. Just keep in mind this device will also stop the right key from unlocking a door. It is best to invest in a lightweight commercial grade type of lock you can install on the main access door to your home and instead use this device on those doors that you do not use very often.

4. Add Security Pins

Hire a professional lock to fit these security pins for you and make your lock even more difficult to bump. The pins are built in such a way so they can bind prior to reaching the shear line. While this will not make the lock 100% bump-free, it can delay a potential burglar's access and discourage him or her for long enough to want to give up and move on to their next victim.

Anti-Bumping Protection For Commercial Doors

Commercial spaces also need to be protected against bumping attempts. This includes shops, office spaces, and warehouses that should benefit from heavy-duty locks with powerful anti-bumping features. Adding advanced surveillance systems, panic bars, and alarms will also considerably lower the risk of burglary.  Get in touch with us and allow us to introduce you to our entire array of anti-bumping solutions at affordable prices.