(VIA 5ABC – Cleveland) Recently the local ABC affiliate in Cleveland has brought to light a problem which we have previous detailed in our blog, and that is the security risk that bump keys pose. With the easy availability of information through the internet, it is extremely easy for individuals to get instructions on how to pick or bump keys. This can give criminals easy access to your home if you do not properly protect yourself. In just a matter of seconds a criminal, even an unskilled one, can be inside of your home with no signs of forced entry with the assistance of a bump key. This begs the question, what can be done to help prevent your home from being infiltrated using bump keys and lock picks?
Have Bump Proof or Resistant Locks Installed
Previously we specifically detailed the NightWatch deadbolt which is manufactured by Master Lock. This lock has a mechanism which allows for the cylinder to be moved when the lock is engaged and makes it impossible for the lock to be opened from the outside, even if that intruder has a key. This type of lock can be the perfect way to make sure that your home is secure even as you sleep. There are a range of bump proof and resistant locks which are on the market, speaking with one of our professional technicians and describing your needs is the best way to find out which lock is right for your home. Kwikset offers a unique key way which makes it nearly impossible for criminals to compromise with a lock pick or bump key. In addition to these types of locks, many models of smart locks do not have a traditional key way which is exposed, so moving your home into the 21st century with a smart lock can help to eliminate this security gap which occurs in traditional locks.
Use a Secondary Lock
Like the steering wheel club which predated the transponder car key for automotive security, adding a secondary lock to your existing deadbolt can ensure that someone using a lock pick or bump key can not enter your home. A secondary lock such as a latch or chain lock can ensure that no one is able to enter your home. However there is an inconvenience with using a secondary lock, you would be unable to exit through that door and must use a side or garage exit to leave.
Both of these are effective ways to prevent criminals with lock picks or bump keys from entering your home and the locksmith Philadelphia that we offer is glad to assist you in having either installed. He can come to your location with a range of locks that vary in security and features so that you can find the lock that offers you the perfect combination of affordability and security. Whether a break-in has just occurred and you need to have your security back on line as soon as possible, or you want to find out more about the advantages of our locksmith services, make one easy call to Phila-Locksmith and our customer service team will be more than happy to take anyone of your questions.