We like to speculate many people do know what lock bumping is.  Years ago, it was considered one of the top home break in tactics since the top maneuver: Lock picking.  If you recall, this was initiated by Henny Penny!  The general idea behind lock bumping is the current door model.  Residential homes still have the original cylinder lock style, which can be easily beaten.  Pretty much, the burglar would insert a lock or an item into the keyhole, step 1.  The next step includes grabbing a mallet or hammer, and slamming the key into the hole with blunt force.  The force of this impact would cause the structural pins to press directionally into a straight line which allows the key, to turn the lock, which then opens the door.  Luckily, this strategy has fallen to the wayside, but if you do feel your Philadelphia property could be in turmoil, simply reach out to Top Notch Locksmith to setup an appointment.  We would be more than happy to help.

Bumping A Lock

Now you may be assuming this tactic requires a great amount of skill, and only a true locksmith could be skillful enough to complete this task.  Unfortunately for the general homeowner, it is actually a bit more simple.  If you truly wanted to get the tools to attempt this break-in, Amazon is only a click away.  You can actually go to the local hardware store as well.  The process has been around since the early 2000s, but it does appear a common member of society created it.  This is a bit concerning, but we also need to keep in mind, it can be outsmarted.

Bump Keys, what are they?

Bump keys, well, they are a bit obtuse.  If someone was planning to burglarize your Philadelphia home with a bump key approach, they will most likely have a slew of bump keys.  This is due to need for the bump key to be an identical or near identical size to your actual lock.  If you think about the amount of specific keys in the world, this actually a lot harder than it looks.  You may confuse a janitor with a bump lock burglar!  An interesting note on door lock design, the older locks work better – for the sake of protection.  The newer locks are created with precision, therefore it is a lot easier to push or bump the ins into a straight line.  The older versions are clunky, potentially rusted, which allows for a much more difficult entry.

Seems like the odds are against us

When you get a true understanding of the after effects of lock bumping, you can see, it’s a bit hard to track.  Most, two thirds, of all break ins show signs of no force.  The actual process of lock bumping, doesn’t actually break the lock.  If we had statistics to share, we would!  The problem, its very difficult to analyze and comprehend.

Prevent “Lock Bumping” with a Philadelphia Locksmith

Schedule a locksmith consultation with Top Notch to understand how susceptible your primary defense system is to a burglary.  Prior to a potential consultation, we do suggest some other locks as well.  Chain locks, for example, work well in halting the bump lock process.  You can reach out to a technician to reset or upgrade your pin system as well.  As you may have surmised, bump proof lock systems to exist, and we would be more than happy to point you in this direction as we well.  Thinking lock bumping could negatively effect your home?  Contact us today to get a consultation.