How to Protect Yourself from Lock Bumping

Burglars can be some of the most patient and creative people in the world. If they applied these skills towards something more positive, wouldn’t that be great! But, the reality is this: there’s a lot of money in theft. Every year, burglars acquire billions in dollars’ worth of property and cash from thieving activities. And, if you’re not doing what you can to protect your property, there’s a chance that you can fall victim to a patient and creative intruder.


Burglars employ different techniques to break in. They do whatever will help them get through a specific house’s security. The fewer security measures employed in a home, the better a target that home is for an intruder. One of the ways burglars break into homes is by lock bumping, and there are ways you can protect yourself from this type of break-in.

What is Lock Bumping?

If you don’t know how locks work, you should head on over to your nearest locksmith to get a proper education. The more you know about your locks, the better you’ll be at using them properly for security. While you’re there, you can also ask your locksmith to give you a visual on how lock bumping works.

Lock bumping is a lock picking technique that burglars use more often than you can imagine. Out of all the forced-entry burglaries that happen each year, at least half happen from a successfully bumped lock. To bump a lock, you’ll need to have a bump key, which is a special key that’s made by filing down a regular key that would normally work in that particular lock. Most standard locks you found in stores are vulnerable to lock bumping, which means that even though you have a locked door, your security might still be at risk. According to many locksmiths, even the best variety of lock against picking—the cylinder lock—has no defense against a good bump key.

If you wish to know the details of how lock pins and springs work, your local locksmith can explain the system to you. But essentially, all you need to know is that lock bumping works, and it’s possible that your lock is susceptible. After a bumped-lock burglary, there will be no traces of forced entry because your door lock was opened with a key.

How to Combat Lock Bumping

The good news is there are ways to protect yourself from lock bumping. The first is to get a high-end lock right from the beginning. Some locks have been designed specifically to prevent lock bumps, and they detect the manipulation of force to spring your lock’s bolt open. These may cost you a little more than a standard door lock, but at least it will keep you safer. An example would be a mortise lock, which requires the lock to be deeply set in the door. The lock quality will certainly make a difference as well. You can also look into locks that have more intricate mechanisms. Burglars will have a more difficult time using a bump key to open locks that are complex.

Another way to protect yourself from lock bumping is by installing deadbolts. Deadbolts that have no outside access obviously can’t be bumped. If there’s no keyhole, then burglars can’t use a bump key. You can also get a keyless entry system. Alphanumeric keypads have gained popularity recently because of their security benefits. The concept of security is the same. If there’s no keyhole to put a bump key in, then that door lock can’t be bumped whatsoever.

Finally, you can opt for an alarm system that is triggered under various circumstances. Having an alarm system set up will not only deter burglars from using bump keys; they will probably deter the burglars altogether. The likelihood of an intruder targeting your house will decrease greatly if they see you have a security system in place. Sometimes all it takes for security to be guaranteed is to have a placard display on your front lawn that tells burglars your home is protected and is being monitored constantly. At that point, you won’t even have to worry about your lock being bumped because burglars will probably won’t even try to get close.

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