Homeowners want to feel that their homes are protected at all times against intruders. In the past people were only worried about lock picking, but recent years have brought about the trend known as lock bumping There are many locks on the market that promise to be bump proof or pick proof.
Many people are confused as to what the difference is between the two. Being aware of the difference between bump proof and pick proof locks can help you keep your home and family safe.
Lock picking has been around pretty much since the first lock was invented. The art of lock picking is required by locksmiths to help homeowners gain access into their home when keys are lost (or locked inside). There are a number of tools that can be used to pick a lock, including hairpins. There are some countries that have strict laws about being in possession of lock picking tools, but in many countries they are easy to obtain.
Picking a lock simply involves using the tools to manipulate the inner components of the lock. In pin and tumbler locks the pins are moved and held into the same position the key would move them to in order to open the lock.
Watch this video showing how to pick a lock.
What is Lock Bumping?
Lock bumping is one of the fastest ways that intruders gain illegal access into your home. It typically involves using something called a “bump key”. Bumping a lock leaves no trace of forced entry. This technique works on most pin-and-tumbler lock designs, which is the majority of those used on residential doors.
Bump keys can be created with just a few household tools. These keys are used along with the assistance of a bump hammer, rubber mallet or screwdriver, to force the key into the keyhole. The quick movement of the key forces all of the pins to raise, allowing the lock to open. There are many places where you can find information on creating bump keys, but we feel it would be irresponsible to include those details on this site.
Watch this video to see how lock bumping works.
Pick Proof Locks
The only pick proof locks are those that do not involve a key at all. To ensure you are getting a pick proof lock you can opt for a digital lock that requires you to do things like scan your fingerprint or enter a code.
If you prefer to still have traditional lock and key, there are some on the market that are considered pick resistant. Look for a lock that includes an extra set of tumblers, since this makes it more difficult to pick.
Bump Proof Locks
While truly pick proof locks do not exist, there are bump proof locks on the market. One way to bump proof your lock is to purchase a lock that uses an abnormal shaped key. Burglars that are using the bumping technique to enter homes will typically carry a set of bump keys with them. These keys will be the sizes that fit into traditional locks. It has been said that with the use of just 10 bump keys burglars can enter 90% of the homes with traditional door locks. Using an irregular shaped lock and key will help prevent your home from being one that is easily bumped.
There are also locks available that feature BumpGuard technology that uses a side-locking bar as opposed to the traditional pin and tumbler system. These locks are unable to be opened by the use of Bump Keys. Disc Tumbler locks do not use pins and are also completely bump proof.
There are many locks that have been available for years to purchase that are pick resistant. Since lock bumping has grown in use over the past several years locksmiths have expanded the locks on the market that are considered bump proof. For the best protection of your house, you will want to purchase locks that protect you from being victim to both of these techniques.
If you want to ensure that your home is safe and has a lock that is both bump proof and pick resistant, your best bet is to use a keyless lock. There are many options that are available today that use new technology. There are locks that use your Bluetooth technology along with your Smartphone to program your lock and allow you to lock and unlock it with the touch of your finger. There are locks available that require personalized codes to be entered. You can assign codes to each member of your family and program special codes to only be used during set time periods for people like cleaners and babysitters. There are also locks available that scan your fingerprint to allow you access into your home.
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