What is a bump key? It is a key that is cut in a specific way that allows it to pick a pin-tumbler type of lock. A pin-tumbler style lock is one of the most common types of lock and is used all over the world so, we can see why it’s important for homeowners to be aware of anything that can pick this type of lock. Bump keys are reasonably easy to obtain, you just need to know who the manufacturer of the lock is. It also takes very little skill to learn to use a bump key and not much time to master so it would appeal to a would-be intruder.
How can you reduce the likelihood that an intruder would use a bump key on your door? There are locks out there which are bump proof, but they are expensive and often hard to find. It is more common to find bump-resistant locks so this may be an option for you.
As well as the locks on your door, you may want to think about a different type of security system that would alert you to anyone trying to break into your home. If you have any concerns about the safety of your exterior doors, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to advise you.