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What is Lock Bumping and What Countermeasures Can be Deployed to Fight it?

Updated: February 23, 2021

If you think that locking your door at night before you go to bed is enough to keep your residence safe, then think again. Even with your door locked, you may not be as safe as you think. Intruders with knowledge of lock bumping can get into your home almost instantly without even scratching the lock. In this post, we’ll discuss lock bumping and what you can do to protect yourself from it.

Lock bumping is a technique that has existed since the 1950’s. It essentially allows people to open most locks using a “bump key”, which is a specially cut key that tricks your deadbolt into opening. Even some of the nicest locks are susceptible to bumping -in fact, they may even be easier to open with a bump key than lower-quality locks.

There are two ways to keep your house truly safe:

1. Install bump-proof locks, made with specific mechanisms that make it difficult for bump-keys to work.

2. There are also other varieties of locks like electronic locks, magnetic locks, and disc tumbler locks that work differently than a standard deadbolt lock. These will be resistant to bumping simply by nature of their design.

Using multiple locks of different styles would also be a deterrent to intruders. Your locksmith can help you figure out which lock combination best suits your home.

Another option is to use products that deter burglars from entering your home. 9 out of 10 convicted burglars said they would avoid a home with an alarm system. Making sure your home has a well equipped security system, and posting the information on your doors and windows, will keep intruders from even trying

Having a reliable locksmith is the most important part of protecting your home from intruders. The expert locksmiths at King Safe & Lock Co. will make sure that your home is bump-proof. We also service gun and fire safes, transponder chip keys, and provide the best 24-hour emergency locksmith service in town. For more information, visit our website and our showroom today.