Should you be worried about lock bumping?

September 12, 2008

I was watching the news the other night and something caught my eye. It was another story about lock bumping. If you have never heard the term, it actually has been around for a long time (since the 70’s actually).

Lock bumping or tapping is a way for someone to open a standard door lock without using the necessary key. It involves inserting a special key and tapping or bumping it until the key fits fully into the lock allowing it to be turned.

Now, this ‘technology’ has been around since the 70’s like I mentioned, but the problem is that the ‘knowledge’ of how to do it was kept in small circles (criminals and lock smiths). But today, with the speed of information sharing on the internet, this technique is now known by millions of people (my estimate).

It is estimated that over 90% of households in America have a lot that is not bump proof. So, when you combine the fact that lots of people know about this with the fact that just about everyone is exposed to the problem, you have increased chances of being broken into (assuming there are smart thieves out there).

There are things you can do. The obvious choice is to get a bump proof lock or a digital touchpad. That does cost more but I would think the peace of mind is worth it. Like all ‘news’, this one may never affect your situation (I certainly hope you are never a victim of a break in) but for sure, the next time you have to change the locks on your door, make sure you ask for a bump proof lock.

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