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Lock Bumping: A Threat to Security

When it comes to your home, or business, security is paramount. One of the most commonly used techniques for a thief to compromise the security of your residential or commercial lock is lock bumping. For many years lock bumping has been a commonly used tactic for thieves because it allows them to disarm your lock in just a matter of seconds, with very minimal effort. There are a few simple improvements to your security that can be made to decrease or eliminate the threat that lock bumping poses. First it is important to understand exactly how lock bumping works.

What is Lock Bumping

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View the animation above for a demonstration of just how easy it can be for a potential thief to render your lock disarmed.

Lock bumping takes advantage of the pin and tumbler system that most residential and commercial locks use. With the help of a little simple physics, a potential thief can use a bump key to get inside of your home in just a matter of seconds. A bump key is a regular key which has been cut and sanded down so that it fits beneath the locked pins (as illustrated to the left). Once the bump key is inserted inside of the lock, the thief only needs to apply force to the end of the key. The energy from this “bump” knocks the pins temporarily out of their locked position. After inserting the key and bumping the pins up, it just takes quick timing in turning the doorknob for that potential thief to be in your home or business. Due to the ease with which a lock can be bumped, it only takes a few minutes for one to learn this technique which is why it can present such an ever present threat. There are a few products that home and business owners can purchase to completely eliminate the threat of lock bumping for those who are looking to ensure the security of their residence or business.

How to Prevent Lock Bumping

As mentioned above, there are ways to protect your locks against lock bumping by simply taking some preventative steps. One of the least expensive preventative measures you can take is adding a secondary lock. Utilizing a secondary lock is effective in preventing lock bumping if you are occupying your home or business at that time, or if you are able to use another exit. By having a secondary lock armed you completely eliminate the threat of lock bumping since there is no way to disarm the secondary lock. However, this is not an effective method if you need to exit through that same door, which is a slight limitation to say the least.

If you want to maintain the current convenience of access you have at that entrance, then investing in a bump-proof lock may be the best way for you to eliminate the threat of lock bumping. In order to combat the issue of lock picking, lock manufacturers have produced a number of bump-proof models which vary in their defensive mechanisms. Due to the range of bump-proof locks and other lock bumping defenses, it is wise to consult a professional about the best plan of action for your home or business. Pronto Locksmiths is a perfect place to turn for just this information. With over 15 years of experience and product knowledge Pronto Locksmiths is the number one place to turn for any type of lock or key advice. Depending on your home or business, there may be no need for a bump-proof lock, before proceeding with any installation check with a locksmith. If you do choose to have a bump-proof lock installed professional installation is a must. The importance of a professionally installed lock can never be understated and without professional installation you leave yourself vulnerable to other break-in methods.

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The Advantages of a Master Key

Business and home owners who are tired of needing to carry around a large ring of keys to access every area of their home or business can turn to a professional locksmith to provide them with just one key that is able to open every lock they need access to. This type of key is referred to as a master key, and can be created by re-keying the locks which are already installed on your doors. These locks and the keys which are used to open them are referred to as a master key system. Using a master key system a home or business owner is able to have access every lock at the location, or even multiple location, without the need to carry around a large key ring. However, the benefits of a master key system do not stop with the convenience of just one key for yourself.

Having a master key system installed, especially at a commercial building, can also help you to get a higher level of security. Not only are you able to have a single key which can be used to open every lock that is a part of the system, but you are also able to delegate individual lock access to lower level employees relatively easily. This allows for the business owner and other higher level managers to have convenient access with one key, while ensuring that lower level employees get the access to the areas of the location that they need. By creating this separation, business owners and manager are able to create accountability knowing that only authorized personnel are able to access specific locks.

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Master key systems are convenient and secure way for all employees to have the appropriate level of access that they require.

 

Benefits of a Master Key System

  • One easy key to access every lock
  • Easily delegate individual lock access
  • Create accountability based on access
  • Secures more sensitive areas of your location

Pronto Locksmiths is one company that you are able to turn to for completion of your master key system. With years of experience and product knowledge the professional locksmith who assists you will be able to come up the master key system solution which works best for your commercial or residential needs. Systems both big and small can be easily completed by Pronto Locksmiths. It is highly recommended to speak with a professional to help you to develop the master key system in order to develop the most effective master key system possible.

How Master Key System Differs from Re-key

Re-keying is essential to the master key system installation process. Re-keying is the adjusting of the pins inside of a lock’s tumbler in order for a lock to be operated by a brand new key. By completing this re-key strategically across multiple locks, our professional locksmith is able to develop a master key system with keys that have varying levels of access. A single re-key is generally completed on exterior entrance locks to prevent theft and burglary however, with the help of a professional locksmith, a system of re-keyed locks can help increase security across your business or home.

There are a myriad of uses for master key systems across both residential and commercial locations. Contact Pronto Locksmiths and discuss with our professional how a master key system is able to improve the ease of access and residential or commercial security that you have. Pronto Locksmiths will also be able to assist you in developing the master key system that will work best for the operation and needs of your home or business. Our professional will work with you to not only meet your needs and desires, but also make professional recommendations which can increase convenience while avoiding unnecessary costs.

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Deadbolt Locks: Simple yet Secure

Deadbolt locks have been a staple in residential and commercial security for years and they are not likely to go anywhere in the near future. The reason for this is the relatively high amount of security that they are able to offer at a surprisingly low cost. Almost every door has a simple knob lock fixed to it, which can be easily compromised by an experienced lock pick. Some home and business owners who are victimized by burglars are surprised to hear that simply having a deadbolt installed on their entry door could have prevented their loss from occurring, yet it is true.

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Deadbolts are an inexpensive and effective addition to commercial and residential security.

A standard knob lock can easily be bypassed using a credit card or other flat object. Thanks to the nature of the deadbolt lock, this is not an effective way to disable it. It is highly recommended to have a deadbolt installed on any entry door which only currently uses a standard knob lock just for this reason. Without a deadbolt that is properly installed an experienced thief can disable a knob lock in just a matter of seconds, leaving your home open to burglary. By having and arming a deadbolt lock on your exterior doors, you can achieve a much higher level of security than with just a standard knob lock.

While simply having a deadbolt does increase the amount of security that you have on your door, receiving professional installation is key to ensuring that your lock functions properly. Having your lock just slightly misaligned can cause wear and tear or even worse, malfunction. By choosing a professional locksmith to complete the installation of your deadbolt, you can prevent yourself from needing further lock service in the future.

When it comes time to choose a professional locksmith to complete your deadbolt lock installation, consider Pronto Locksmiths. Pronto Locksmiths is available 24/7 and services wide range throughout Gold Coast and Brisbane. With over 15 years of professional experience Pronto Locksmiths should be your number one choice to complete your lock or key service. Choosing an unprofessional contractor can leave your security vulnerable and also lead to further repairs down the road. By choosing a lock professional such as Pronto Locksmiths you can have peace of mind that your locks are going to function properly.

The Future of Deadbolt Locks

Deadbolt may be a simple technology now, but in the near future, it may be more common to find smart technology in your deadbolt locks. Today Kwikset debuted their Kevo smart lock to the Australian market. The Kevo is a deadbolt lock which can be armed and disarmed through an application on your smart phone. This could become more common in the future, as technology because cheaper to mass produce, which could lead to a dynamic future for deadbolt locks. In the meantime, a standard deadbolt lock will help you to make your home or business more secure, without having to break the bank.

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Smart Locks, Wave of the Future?

Technology is seeping into our everyday lives more and more, this is no more apparent than in recent advancements to residential security. Smart phones are being integrated into home security making it easier for homeowners to have access for themselves, or to send access to someone else. Some are wary of new smart technology, concerned about safety and security issues which may possibly arise. In the coming months more smart locks will be hitting the market which will make it easier for consumers to decide whether this convenience is going to be plausible without compromising security or safety. Currently the Kwikset Kevo is slated to be the first smart lock to hit the Australian market October 1 and aims to take advantage of being the first lock of its kind to hit the market.

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The Kwikset Kevo is the first smart lock slated to hit the Australian market on October 1.

While the Kwikset Kevo may be the first to hit the Australian market, both Lockitron and August intend to quickly follow suit. There is a main difference between the Kwikset Kevo and the two which wish to hit the market later. The Kevo (pictured above) is a completely new lock which would be installed on your door, while the Lockitron and August fit on top of the existing lock that you have installed. This is the main difference which causes the Kevo to have a slightly steeper price tag than the other two which are mentioned. This same fact also makes the Lockitron and August models more appealing to renters, who may not be allowed to change their entire lockset.

How Smart Locks Work

Some people may think that a smart lock may not be able to add convenience to their life, after all turning a key in the door knob is not a very tough task. However, a smart lock brings more to the table than just keyless access for yourself. Smart locks enable you to be able to send a digital key to deliverymen, babysitters or other visitors who may need access to your home while you are not there. Another benefit is that you are able to arm your lock, easily, from anywhere in the world. It is extremely easy to run out of the house while completely forgetting to lock your door behind you. With a smart lock, you can have peace of mind that your lock is armed and home is secure.

Smart Lock Security Concerns

Many individuals have been skeptical of how secure a smart lock can possibly be. These same individuals wonder if our security is not best left to the traditional lock and key systems which we see widely used today. One of these concerns lies in the encryption code which the Kevo uses. The encryption which is being used is a lower level than you would find in many high level government documents, which means these locks are likely vulnerable to experienced hackers. Thinking practically, it is unlikely that an experienced hacker would “waste” their expertise on a smaller target like a residential lock.

Future of Smart Locks

It remains to be seen if homeowners will welcome smart locks for residential use. Some homeowners may prefer the familiarity and security that a traditional lock and key set offer, which could slow the initial success that locks like the Kwikset Kevo will be able to have on the market. However, it is likely, that as prices of smart locks decrease and their reliability can be confirmed that they will become popular for the convenience that they are able to offer.

For now, you can rely on Pronto Locksmiths to be able to service all of the needs for your residential lock and security needs.

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