What is lock bumping?* Youve heard this question at least once in your life.* Unfortunately for you, youve received several different answers for a single question.* It really depends on who you ask.* They approach the subject differently and this is why they come up with different answers. Definitions of lock bumping Here are several [...]
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What is Lock Bumping?


What is lock bumping?* Youve heard this question at least once in your life.* Unfortunately for you, youve received several different answers for a single question.* It really depends on who you ask.* They approach the subject differently and this is why they come up with different answers.

Definitions of lock bumping

Here are several definitions that were given to help explain it:

  • Its a security threat.
Lock Bumping for Burglars


Youll hear this definition from security experts.* In fact, its been almost 10 years ago when Klaus Noch started exposing this strategy as a security threat.* The German media quickly picked it up and they helped Mr. Noch spread the word around.* The Open Organization Of Lockpickers quickly followed suit when in 2005, Rop Gonggrijp and Barry Wels drafted a white paper to talk more about its security threats.* At around the same time, American Marc Tobias opened the eyes of Americans as he also spoke in public in the US about the threats that it offers.

  • Its illegal.
Ask the police or anyone who works for the law and theyll tell you that its illegal.* Now, its easy to see why someone would quickly dismiss it as illegal.* After all, its a lock picking technique and it can be used to defeat locks without the need for the original key. However, owning the tools needed for this strategy is generally not illegal in itself in a lot of areas.* In addition, its generally not illegal if youre going to do it on your own locks.* Yes, a lot of people pick up the skill so they can use it for practical reasons.* Its also a popular hobby.* Theres really nothing certain and specific when it comes to the legality of lock picking.* This is why its recommended that you check local laws before attempting to do it.

  • Its a lock picking strategy.
As mentioned, its a popular lock picking strategy.* But first, lets define what lock picking is.* Its the method of defeating a lock without the key thats designed for it.* Usually, it involves the manipulation of the locks components.* This is why its called picking.* Now, you have to recognize the main difference of lock bumping compared with the other lock picking strategies.* Yes, bumping locks is about defeating the locks without the original keys.* However, it requires very minimal manipulation of the locks themselves.

  • Its a product of the imagination.
A lot of people and groups would like you to believe that its nothing but a legend.* These groups include some lock manufacturers who dont want to reveal the information that their common locks can be defeated.* In addition, there are people that hope to downplay the information so that criminals wont pick up the skill.

Are you confused now?* Yes, thats whats happening to a lot of people who just want to know what lock bumping is.

Risks of lock bumping

In addition, a lot of people would also tell you that its risky to deal with the subject.* Lets talk about the risks based on the definitions given above.

  • Its a security threat.
The risks are quite obvious.* If youre living in the United States, did you know that theres a 90% chance that youre using locks that can easily be bumped?* With a $2 bump key, a burglar can break into your home without really breaking anything.* He can help himself to your things and the police wont find a trace of forced entry.

  • Its illegal.
As mentioned, buying a bump key is very cheap.* In addition, you can simply make one using a blank key and a triangular file.* However, did you know that buying one or making one can put you in legal troubles?* If you dont know what youre doing, theres a risk that youre doing something illegal.

  • Its a lock picking strategy.
Lock bumping sounds like a harmful prank.* If you dont know that its actually a lock picking strategy, youre putting yourself in trouble.* Knowledge is key!

  • Its a product of the imagination.
If you believe people when they say that its nothing but a product of the imagination, youre putting yourself and your family in trouble because youll have a false sense of security.

Lock bumping and your family

Lock Bumping and your Family


At the end of the day, you can define lock bumping as a lock picking strategy that can be easily done by criminals to defeat your locks at home.* If you still dont believe that it can be easily done, buy a bump key and try it at home.


  • Insert the bump key in the lock like you normally would with its original key.* Make sure to insert it all the way in.
  • Pull it back a notch.* Youll feel it click in place.* Make sure not to go past one notch because youll need all the pins of the lock to rest on the key.
  • Hold the handle of the key with one hand and bump the handle with something soft but firm.* You can use something like the handle of a screwdriver.* Better yet, some manufacturers sell bump hammers with their bump keys.
  • After a split second, turn the lock open.* You may not get it right the first time but a little bit of practice will help you perfect it.

Remember to check local laws first to see if buying and owning bump keys is legal in your area!

With something this easy, you now know that theres a valid risk to you and your family.* Did you know that 32.6% of all burglaries were done without forced entry? Lock bumping is included in the FBIs burglary classification of unlawful entry where no force is used.* Considering the fact that 2,199,125 burglaries happened back in 2009, thats a huge number that you shouldnt dismiss.

What is lock bumping?

Heres what we know now.* Its rampantly happening and your home may be next.* Im not trying to scare you.* Although if youre scared enough to actually do something to secure your home and your family, then good.* We also know that provided that its legal in your area, you can also do it yourself so you can actually see for yourself how easy it is.* Once you do, youll know what youre up against and youll know what to do.






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