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Protect Your Family From Window and Lock Bumping Burglars

lock_1772033cA simple technique known as lock bumping can give a burglar access to your home in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, this technique does not draw much attention to a thief standing at your front door either. To any unsuspecting passersby, a lock bumping burglar appears to be an ordinary person using a key to get into your home.

Equally frustrating is learning that thieves can now just as easily bump certain windows, as well. Watching a thief bump a window will surely raise suspicions, but many are able to complete this task so quickly and so easily that it’s possible to do so without being noticed. This method is preferred, of course, to shattering a glass window in order to gain access to a home.

What Is Lock Bumping?

Lock bumping is a time-honored technique that a lot of burglars use to break into homes. By using a tool such as a screwdriver or other sharp instrument or even using a special lock bumping tool crafted to look like an ordinary house key, thieves are able to insert an instrument into a pin tumbler door lock and with a few taps or ‘bumps’ they are able to manipulate the pins inside of the lock in such a way that they align just long enough to allow the doorknob to turn and a burglar to enter.

Thieves practice this technique, of course, so that the entire action takes just a few seconds. Because they are inserting an instrument into the lock itself and because the technique doesn’t require hardly any force, this technique doesn’t typically stir attention.

What Is Window Bumping?

You may think that your sliding windows are secure especially if they feature a locking mechanism as most modern ones do. In a recent conversation with a police officer, however, it was revealed that thieves are able to bump these types of windows, too. Apparently, a burglar only needs to bump a window a few good times in order for the lock to separate from the frame just enough for them to then slide it open.

While this technique does not allow the discreet entry that lock bumping does, it still doesn’t attract as much attention as one might immediately think. Recently, I spoke with a woman who slept through a thief breaking into her home in the wee hours of the night after bumping her bathroom window. She never heard a sound. Her neighbor reported to police that she’d heard a series of bumps, but after looking out of her window and not seeing anything unusual she convinced herself that there was nothing to be concerned about and returned to bed. How’s that for things that go bump in the night!

How To Protect Your Home From Window and Lock Bumping Burglars

If you are serious about home security, know that there are a number of ways to keep thieves out, but that you will need to be proactive about doing so. Be honest with yourself in understanding that burglaries happen in every neighborhood around the world and that no one is immune from becoming a target. You do have control, however, over working to deter thieves and there are a number of DIY home security devices that you can begin using right away in order to do precisely this.

Lock Bumping Prevention

For lock bumping, in particular, we cannot recommend the Keypout Lock Bumping/Dead Bolt Protector enough. A simple and affordable gadget that requires no installation (other than attaching it to your doorknob), this anti-bumping device prevents your door’s knob from being turned whenever it is in place. Remember, in order for lock bumping to work, burglars have to be able to turn a door’s knob at a precise moment during the process.

Further anti-lock bumping protection can be obtained by changing your door locks. There are a number of locks that are bump resistant and that are easy to install. For guaranteed protection against bumping, you may want to forgo traditional door locks altogether and opt for a keyless entry system, instead. Such locks will require a passcode or even a fingerprint identification before allowing someone access to your home. For more information on keyless entry systems, we encourage you to take a few minutes to browse the selection featured on our main site.

Window Bumping Prevention

Placing a Lock-it-Block-it Home Security Burglar Bar on each of your windows is an affordable and smart way of keeping thieves at bay. Once the bar is in place, it is impossible for a burglar to slide your window open even if he is successful in dislodging the window’s latch. These devices can also be found on our main page and we recommend one for every window in your home.

Your Thoughts On Window and Lock Bumping Burglars

Do you know anyone whose doors or windows have been bumped by a determined thief? What strides have you taken to make certain that your doors and windows can withstand a bumping attempt? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to share this article with others who need to secure their homes against window and lock bumping burglars.

Ralph Winn

Burglars are Bumping – Lock Bumping that is!

While most people agree on the importance of home security, many are unaware of the very real threat that lock bumping represents. After all, home is supposed to be a place of safety and refuge where outsiders are allowed access on an invitation-only basis and locked doors usually mean that residents are safe from intruders and that valuable possessions are secure. Lock bumping burglars, however, view home security quite differently.

By purchasing a modified or “bumped” key over the Internet or even adding a few strategic grooves to a typical house key, burglars can gain entry to a surprising number of homes by simply inserting that key into a lock and tapping or bumping it a few times with another tool such as a screwdriver. The result of this activity causes the pins inside of the lock to align so that the lock can be turned. Not only does this method offer easy access to a home, but it can often do so without leaving any signs of forced entry. In fact, the art of lock bumping is so fast and effortless on an intruder’s part that a passerby might not recognize that a crime is being committed.

Skilled burglars aren’t the only ones with such unfettered access since the Internet is rich with lock bumping how-to articles and instructional videos. Security experts warn that lock bumping directions are so easy to follow that a 10-year old child can be taught to unlock a door with a bump key in less time than it takes to watch a television commercial.

It is estimated that as many as 90 percent of home locks are vulnerable to lock bumping. With such high numbers, it is likely that anyone reading this can be robbed of their most valuable possessions before reaching the end of this post. Those who are alarmed by such a thought (and everyone should be) can take the following precautions to avoid becoming a victim of a lock bumping burglar:

Install a Home Security System

While burglars can walk into most homes with a simple lock bumping technique, few are willing to do so in the presence of a shrill alarm. Not only is the sound a deterrent, but since many alarms are wired to also alert security personnel, burglars know that authorities are likely in route just minutes after an alarm is triggered. Also, displaying stickers and signposts alerting the public to the fact that a home is being monitored by a home security system is often enough to prompt burglars to search for an easier target.

Let Security Cameras Keep a Close Watch

By installing security cameras to monitor activity around doors and windows, homeowners can feel more secure whether they are at home or away. Most thieves take the time to study a target location before a burglary and the mere presence of video cameras sends a clear message that not only is all movement being recorded, but that the home’s owner takes security seriously enough to think a few steps ahead of would-be thieves. Criminals appreciate easy jobs and, unless they have foreknowledge and are targeting specific items that are unique to a certain location, thieves will likely pass on attempting to burglarize a home equipped with security cameras.

Purchase a Lock Bumping Protector

Luckily, inexpensive do-it-yourself devices, such as the Keypout Lock Bumping/Deadbolt Protector, can be placed on a lock to make it virtually impossible for a burglar to use the lock bumping technique to gain entry to a home. Because they are completely portable, lock bumping protectors are especially good for college students and renters who are not planning on being a long-term resident at a given location and would eventually like to transport their DIY home security devices to a new home.

Change All Door Locks

Because lock bumping is such a popular method used by burglars, certain manufacturers have developed special locks to deter bumping. Some of the most highly recommended brands include the Schlage Primus and Medeco locks. Also, electronic locks or locks that have had ‘mushroom pins’ added to them are less susceptible to bumping than other locks.

Investigate Several Burglary Deterrent Options

In addition to home alarm systems and security cameras, devices such as those that mimic the sounds of a guard dog whenever a person approaches a home or a device that emits moving light beams to suggest that a premises is being protected by a high-tech motion sensor and alarm system can help deter burglars. Do-it-yourself home security measures like these tell burglars that a home is not an easy target. Precautions like these are often intimidating enough to make even the best lock bumping thief think twice about entering a home.

Thieves make an extra effort to learn how to exploit gaps in home security with techniques like lock bumping and other devious tactics. Unfortunately, beyond simple door locking, many homeowners don’t put as much effort into studying the systems and devices that offer protection from these unsavory characters. Many are unaware of the affordability of home security systems and that their professional installation is often unnecessary. People who arm themselves with home security knowledge, however, are often able to think two or three steps ahead of a common thief and, thus, prevent their home from being the next target of a lock bumping burglar.