There’s a terrifyingly effective technique that intruders can use to open many doors, including the ones leading into your home, and it leaves no sign of forced entry.
What is lock bumping?
Lock bumping is a technique that uses a special key called a bump key that is inserted into the lock, then ‘bumped’ with a mallet or other device. This forces the pins in the lock to unlock, allowing the intruder into your home without damaging the door or lock in any noticeable way.
Originally used by residential locksmiths in Seattle and other cities to help homeowners gain access into their homes when locked out, the technique has been picked up by criminals because it is much easier than lock picking and leaves no signs of forced entry. It is quiet enough to allow criminals into your home while you are sleeping, leaving you vulnerable to assault.
Bump keys are fairly simple to make and can even be ordered over the internet. A quick search for lock bumping videos will bring up everything a potential intruder needs to know to break into your Seattle area home.
How to protect your home from lock bumping
Older locks are actually less susceptible to lock bumping, primarily because the pins inside them don’t move as smoothly as more modern locks. If you are concerned that your locks could be bumped, call a Seattle locksmith to examine them. It’s also a good idea to consider upgrading your locks to bump-proof versions or consider adding additional security measures such as chain latches across doors or a door alarm that sounds any time your doors are opened.
At Hawk Locksmith, we make your home and business security our priority. Let our residential locksmiths and commercial locksmiths help keep your property safe from thieves with lock modifications or new locks that can’t be bumped.