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Threat to Security at Home or Office-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: Stories, some with links to
video reports, about a method of opening locks called "lock
bumping," a simple way for the bad guys to be able to open locked
The Truth: Lock bumping is real and also
very simple and, as of February 2007, very well known because of the
Stories began circulating about lock bumping and because it was not
widely known and represented a real threat, folks forwarded the stories
to friends and family as a warning to be aware of. Unfortunately,
what also started circulating was detailed instructions about how to do
lock bumping, which represented a threat in itself. A Dutch video
that began making the rounds of the Internet in 2005 may have marked the
start of the spread of interest in lock bumping.
Lock bumping is a simple technique of opening what are called pin
tumbler locks, which are the most common locks in use for residential
and business doors. Bumping involves customizing the type of key that fits
into the particular kind of lock then tapping or hitting the key in just the right way and
at just the right moment to cause the lock to open, therefore the term
Bumping has become so popular that
there are websites that are openly selling bump keys for a variety of
locks including a "bundle" of all of the keys for a special
prices. A manufacturing company is selling a special bumping tool
that is used to tap the bump key in a lock.
The experts say that there are locks that are not vulnerable to lock
bumping. Those include magnetic or electronic locks and locks
using rotating disks. They are more expensive but worth it if you
want to feel secure. Talk with your locksmith about the
differences and what locks are recommended.
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