You may have never heard of a bump key, but you can be sure that the bad guys have. Bump keys enable a would-be thief to open a door or similar lock in seconds with no special tools. Lock picks are nothing new, but bump keys possess a deviant twist: they can be made in just a few minutes with no special tools, and they are made from any common key. Once a bump key is obtained, it will open almost any lock that the key can physically slide into. In America, almost all the locks sold in hardware stores can be opened with just two different bump keys. The method of opening these locks with a bump key is easily learned, and takes only a little skill. This is why the bump key threat is a growing problem to millions of homes and businesses in America and worldwide.
The information on how to make them, and the sale of them appear all over the internet, and as a result the problem affects locks all over the world. The first country to report crimes committed with a bump key was Germany, where the problem is widespread. Just recently, on August 2nd, Newsweek ran a web article on bump keys that started the public media spread of the information about bump keys. Soon thereafter most of the news media organizations ran similar stories on the bump key and what it is, and how it's a threat to all of us.
There are video sharing websites showing people opening their own doors in seconds with a bump key. There are even websites set up internationally selling these burglary tools.
The bump key threat is real, and the time is now to be informed about the problem and have the opportunity to do something about it. It is NOT Citywide's intent to encourage fear for profit in releasing this information to you. We felt it irresponsible to not inform the general public of this threat as it is all over the internet and readily accesable to anyone with a basic internet connection. We are simply trying to educate the public so they have the oppurtunity to do something about it before you fall prey to it.
According to statistics provided by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Department of Justice, nearly 2/3 of all break-ins occur with no sign of forced entry. While some of these crimes may be a result of an unlocked door, most experts agree that lock bumping, picking or use of an unauthorized duplicate key are often the case.
“This should provide the economic motivation for a consumer to pay a bit more for quality high security locks for their home or business that protect everything they own,” according to Clyde Roberson, Director of Technical Services at Medeco Security Locks. “Bumping is a vulnerability to many standard locks, and that’s why we educate the experts on proper steps that can be taken to minimize the risk. Not all locks can be bumped; consumers just need to know the differences.”
The National Crime Prevention Council -- McGruff the Crime Dog -- is in the process of issuing its first release about bumping. It begins, "If your home is protected with an ordinary lock, it may not do you much good."
Medeco, the industry’s leading high security lock manufacturer, has expanded its’ acclaimed educational training module to explain the vulnerability that many locks face to a bumping attack. This training is offered to Crime Prevention associations and security dealers. Medeco utilize multiple locking technologies. To see why Medeco is not vulnerable to this type of attack, a short video is available at www.medeco.com in the Interactive Security Solutions link.
EBay has strict rules against selling bump keys and removes the items when found online or when a consumer reports the bump key to eBay.
MUL-T-LOCK products exceed the toughest industry standards for pick and drill resistance.
Designed to stand up to the most determined attempts at forced entry, MUL-T-LOCK will never let you down. MUL-T-LOCK products exceed many United States and International qualifications against physical attack. All MUL-T-LOCK products are designed with pick and drill resistance. Hardened steel inserts are strategically placed in sensitive areas to resist against drilling attempts. Specific parts are reinforced with some of the strongest materials available to resist tampering and forced entry. MUL-T-LOCK’s advanced design of telescopic pins (Pin within a Pin) will resist to most determined attempts at picking.
Most locks are made with inferior material, which can be drilled, pried, and tampered with using minimal efforts to force open almost any door. Most cylinders are not made to resist picking. With specialized pick sets readily available through mail order catalogs and the internet, just about anyone can get specialized tools and instructions on how to pick open almost any lock cylinder.
Will your locks stand up to the test?
The Truth About Lock Bumping and a Bump-Proof Solution
Lock bumping or the “999 Method” has long been familiar to certified locksmiths and high security companies around the world. Mainly used as a method for professional locksmiths to undo a misassembled cylinder on their workbench, rather than to gain entry during a service call, this technique has recently surfaced in the mainstream media as an infamous means for intruders to illegally gain access to homes, businesses, and institutions and has raised many concerns among the general public about their safety.
The truth is that although lock bumping has always posed a potential threat to consumers, the recent barrage of internet articles and demonstrations has introduced this technique to an entirely new population of existing and would-be criminals. With this in mind, the public must be made aware of the real threat that lock bumping poses to their protection. But there is good news: there are many steps that you as a consumer can take to prevent this from happening to you.
The most effective defense against lock bumping by far is installing a high security lock. Mul-T-Lock, the #1 global high security manufacturer in the world, offers a wide array of high security products that offer bump-proof protection as well as the best defense against picking, drilling, and unauthorized key duplication. Our world-wide experience has exposed us to lock manipulation techniques from all around the globe, and we have used this knowledge to effectively arm each and every one of our high security products with ample defense mechanisms such as:
• Stainless steel mushroom pins, which are tapered and shouldered to create “false” shear lines while picking or bumping is being attempted
• Our patented anti-picking pin set, which ensure that any time tension is applied, the top and bottom pins interlock to further deter attacks
• Our patented, enhanced design anti-drill pins
Mul-T-Lock's high-security cylinders boast an impressive UL437 listing for pick and drill resistance and are specifically tested against bump attacks as it is a requirement of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) testing laboratories (one of the many international organizations that certifies Mul-T-Lock products) that all tested high security locks be resistant against bumping. And Mul-T-Lock’s strict key control procedures, which ensure that our unique patent-protected Interactive® keys never fall into the wrong hands, virtually eliminates a criminal’s ability to even fashion a bump key.
Furthermore, Mul-T-Lock offers multiple types of locking solutions including mechanical deadbolts, mortise locks, retrofit cylinders, padlocks, utility locks, multipoint locks, and cylindrical locksets as well as an impressive electromechanical locking line that can all be integrated into a single system; so high security doesn’t have to be complicated or inconvenient. The bottom line is simply that when you consider the things that you’re protecting: your home, your valuables and keepsakes, your money, and even your family – high security just makes sense; the idea of using a $20 lock to protect a home or business filled with things of immeasurable value doesn’t.
In addition to installing a Mul-T-Lock high security lock to provide the ultimate protection against unauthorized entry attempts, Mul-T-Lock also offers the following safety tips that you can use to prevent your home or business from becoming a potential target. Knowing that you’ve taken every possible precaution to avoid unauthorized entry and that you are protected by Mul-T-Lock’s unbeatable high security solution will improve your security and your piece of mind:
• Community Awareness – talk to your neighbors about organizing a neighborhood watch effort, or simply let them know when you will be out of town and ask them to keep an eye on your home while you’re away
• Clear Landscaping – keep the landscaping around your home as neat and revealing as possible. With less places for potential criminals to lurk, a wide open space will deter them from choosing your home or business as a potential target
• Well-Lit Exteriors – just as clearing away unnecessary trees and shrubbery deters criminals with the risk of getting caught, well-lit entrances and perimeters will discourage would-be intruders.
• Motion Sensors and Security Systems – added security measures such as motion sensors and alarm systems never hurt.
To learn more about how Mul-T-Lock can offer you the high security protection you need, visit a local authorized Mul-T-Lock dealer today. You can locate a dealer near you by visiting www.mul-t-lockusa.com or by calling 1-800-MULTLOCK.