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Have you heard of lock bumping?

Have you heard of lock bumping? I hadn’t until one of the X10 community members emailed me an eye-opening news article (Thanks, Lynn!). Apparently lock bumping is becoming more and more popular among burglars and intruders.


What is lock bumping?
Well, from what I understand, a “bump key” is made from modifying a key blank (the one’s hardware stores use to make copies of your house keys). A thief files it down a certain way, and then he is ready to break into your home. By slightly turning the key a certain way and tapping the end of it a few times with a mallet, screwdriver, or even his hand, the thief “bumps” your lock and easily opens your door. It only takes a few seconds, and it doesn’t even look suspicious.

To make matters worse, there are instructions on how to bump locks all over the internet, and apparently, this technique works on 90% of locks. One story I read even said it is so easy to do that a child can learn the technique in only a few minutes.

Pretty scary stuff. So what can you do to protect yourself?

-Start a neighborhood watch program in your neighborhood.

Getting to know your neighbors and letting them know when you will be out of town is a great way to help keep an eye out for suspicious behavior.

-Make sure that the perimeter of your house is well lit.

We have the perfect solution at X10.com. Our Motion-Activated Floodlights are motion activated and weather resistant. And, right now they are at the low price of only $69.99! Click here for more information.

-Get a guard dog.
A barking dog will make that burglar think twice before he tries to get into your home.
My german sheppard makes sure of it!

-Replace your locks with “bump proof” locks.
They are available at many hardware stores starting at $140 for a dead bolt.

-Buy a home security system.
This is a great way to alert yourself and your neighbors in the event of a break-in. We have an extensive line of security systems at X10.com. Our wireless Protector Plus Security System offers complete protection including door and window sensors, siren and flashing light alarms, an infrared motion detector, easy, do-it-yourself installation, and it will even call your cell phone in the event of an emergency. All for only $99.99! Click here for more information on X10 Security Systems.

For more info on lock bumping WikiPedia is a good start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_bumping


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hey check out this story on lock bumping. who would have ever thought? what will the criminals think of next?


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