A lot of people are looking online for information on how to make a bump key.* If you’re familiar with bump keys, then you know why this is the case.* After all, more and more people are warning about the potential security threats with this relatively easy lock picking technique.* But still, you probably want [...]
A lot of people are looking online for information on how to make a bump key.* If you’re familiar with bump keys, then you know why this is the case.* After all, more and more people are warning about the potential security threats with this relatively easy lock picking technique.* But still, you probably want to know how to make one because you want to see for yourself if it’s really that easy.* If you’re not familiar with them, then it’s in your best interest to arm yourself with the knowledge because there’s a good chance that you’re at risk.
What is a bump key?
What is a Bump Key?
A bump key is a key that’s crafted in such a way that it will work with just about any lock that has pins.* It’s one half of the tools that are needed to bump locks, with the other half just lying around your home.
It’s sometimes called a 999 key because it’s filed down to maximum depths which locksmiths call the 999 depth.
What locks will it pick?
9 out of 10 American Homes have Cylinder Locks
Bump keys are designed to defeat locks that have pins in their mechanisms.* So in theory, they can pick pin tumbler locks.* They also work perfectly with just about any type of cylinder lock.* Should you be concerned?* Well, you should be considering the fact that research has shown that 9 out of 10 homes in the US are protected by cylinder locks.
Also, don’t make the mistake of feeling secure with high-quality locks.* If you think that their precision is working for you, you have to know that it actually makes it easier to bump the lock.* In addition, here are the things that you have to consider when it comes to choosing locks:
What locks will protect you?
- Security pins (mushroom or spool) don’t guarantee that the lock cannot be bumped.* At the very least, they’re going to make it a little harder.
- Lock pickers love hardened steel. This is because hardened steel can help them escape detection.* While lock bumping doesn’t cause any damages when done correctly, hardened steel will prevent damages if you’re not too careful.
Are there Bump-proof Locks?
Through the years, lock manufacturers have put up security measures in their locks to make them “bump-proof”.* Unfortunately for a lot of burglary victims, they never really succeeded in the past.* Fortunately, lock manufacturers were able to catch up.* There are now locks and security measures that can help you.* Here are the most effective ones:
Lock manufacturers brilliantly thought of the idea of having several pin stacks drilled shallower than the other pin stacks.* This way, the bump keys won’t be able to bump the pins up since the grooves can’t reach the pins.
- Shallow drilling
The locks of BiLock don’t use pins.* Instead, they give the legitimate lock owners a lock code that’s used on the programmable side bars.* The company claims a 0% success rate in attempts to bump their locks.
This lock doesn’t have any pins on them that can be bumped.* Instead, they utilize a disc tumbler system.* The company wants their locks to be so secure that you’d need the included signature card to request for a spare key.
- Abloy Protec
The KwikSet SmartKey one-upped the Abloy Protect by taking out the tumblers as well.* Instead of pins or tumblers, this system uses a side locking bar.
- KwikSet SmartKey
If there are no springs, there’s nothing to bump.* This is why electronic and magnetic locks work.* However, you have to make sure that they don’t have backup locks that can be opened by keys.* That part can be bumped.
- Spring-less locks
Things that you need to make one
You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to accumulate the things that you need to make a bump key.* You’ll be even more surprised at the number of things that you need.
A blank key works best.* However, any old key that you don’t need works just fine.* Just make sure that the blank or old key is designed for the type of lock that you want to bump.
Sure, you can use any shape of file.* However, a triangular file works best since they fit perfectly on the valleys of the teeth of the key.* In addition, you’re going to file the bump key and form a triangle in the process and a triangular file will take care of that.
- Triangular file
Actually, any strong and flat area works just fine.* But a strong table that you’re already comfortable with will work best.
- Strong table
As you can see, you don’t even need to go outside your home to buy the needed equipment.* Once you have accumulated the needed equipment, you can now make your own bump key.
How to make a bump key
Just follow these simple steps in order to make your own bump key:
How it works
- Determine the deepest part of the key’s grooves.* Do you see the first straight line that’s directly below the grooves?* That will be your guide.
- Hold the key’s handle with your non-dominant hand and place the key on the table.* Make sure that the teeth are facing upwards.
- Get to work!* File down the valleys in between the tips of the teeth until you get to the deepest part.* It’s a good idea that the valleys will form sharp triangles because a lot of people swear that they make the bump key more effective.
You won’t know how it works just by looking at it.* But it’s actually very scientific.* It actually works using the third Newton’s law of motion.* This law states that, “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.”* Lock bumping works by inserting the bump key inside the lock and bumping the head so that the teeth of the key will force the pins upward.* You’ll then catch the pins as they’re going down and you’ll be able to turn the key as they get in place on their way down.
Lock bumping is simple.* Making bump keys is even simpler.* That answers the question as to why there are a lot of people that are taking advantage of them.