What is Lock Bumping? 

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What is Lock Bumping? 

What is Lock Bumping? 

As a trusted security company, Phil & Son, Inc. prides itself on providing valuable information to homeowners looking to secure their homes against unwanted intrusions. One technique that poses a significant threat to home security today is lock bumping. In this blog, we will discuss what lock bumping is, how it works, and steps you can take to protect your home. 

Lock Bumping: A Growing Threat to Residential Security

Lock bumping is a method employed to unlock doors, commonly utilized by burglars for break-ins. The technique involves the use of a special key known as a ‘bump key’ that aligns the pins inside a lock, making it easy to gain access to homes with cylinder locks. This method is non-destructive, meaning it leaves no sign of forced entry, often complicating insurance claims that usually require evidence of such entry.

The unsettling part about this technique is the ease and inexpensiveness of making bump keys. The accessibility of these keys online has resulted in lock bumping becoming an escalating threat to residential security. Although the technique itself is not illegal—it is used by locksmiths to open locks when the original key is unavailable—it is unfortunately misused by criminals for illegal entry.

How to Secure Your Home Against Lock Bumping

So, how can you secure your home against lock bumping? Here are some measures that can be taken:

  1. Bump-Proof Locks: Many reputable manufacturers produce locks that are bump-proof or bump-resistant. These locks have unique markings near the keyhole and are designed to resist lock picking or bumping.
  2. Temporary Lock Guards: Affordable products like flip guards can hold existing locks firmly in place, preventing them from being picked or bumped. However, these cannot be unlocked from the outside and offer only a partial solution.
  3. Better Visibility Around the House: Regular yard maintenance and ensuring there are no hiding spots near entry points can deter potential burglars.
  4. Guard Dog: A barking dog can alert homeowners and neighbors to potential break-ins, deterring burglars from attempting lock bumping.
  5. Security System: A round-the-clock, monitored security system can act as a deterrent and alert authorities in case of a break-in.

Home Security Services Offered by Phil & Son, Inc.

At Phil & Son, Inc., we understand your concerns about home security. We offer a range of services to help you enhance your home security:

  • We provide and install high-security, bump-proof locks.
  • We offer temporary lock guards to strengthen your existing locks.
  • We can assist in choosing and installing a 24/7 monitored security system for added protection.

Contact Us Today

By leveraging our expertise and services, you can rest assured that your home is protected against lock bumping and potential break-ins. We believe in establishing trust with our customers through our commitment to satisfaction and our security expertise. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in safeguarding your home. At Phil & Son, Inc., your peace of mind is our priority. Trust us to secure your home because your safety is our business.

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