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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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What is a transponder car key?

Transponder car keys are a standard for many vehicles produced today and have been since the early 2000’s, however it is rare that a vehicle owner would know what their transponder car key physically does. It is important for car owners to know this information so that when they do go to get replacement or duplicate set of car keys that they are well prepared and knowledgeable about their specific vehicle. Going into your service experience without proper knowledge can have you being taken advantage of by less reputable key dealers or service providers.

Transponder car keys allow for added security which was not possible with a standard car key. Inside of the casing of a transponder car key is a computer chip which must be able to properly “transpond” to the car’s internal computer in order for the vehicle to start when the key is turned in the ignition. The security benefits are fairly obvious, jiggler keys and hot wiring for vehicles with transponder car keys were eliminated, in addition to the threat of someone copying your existing car key.

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Pictured above is a transponder car key.

With a standard car key which does not have a transponder chip inside of it, an individual who has access to your key can have it duplicated and then easily steal your vehicle. If you have a transponder car key then this would not be possible, since the key must also be properly programmed to the vehicle in addition to being cut properly to the car’s ignition. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle programming may be possible on-board, or can require the assist of a programming machine.

Where can I get replacement transponder car keys?

There are two main choices that you have for service when you need a replacement transponder car key for your vehicle. Those choices are between a local car dealership, or a professional local locksmith. If you choose to have service completed by your local car dealership, you will first have to get your vehicle towed to their location, which only increases your total cost of service. Most dealership also only offer service during normal business hours, so if you need a replacement car key during the weekend or overnight; you can be stuck without a vehicle for some period of time.

Your second option is to choose a professional local locksmith to complete the replacement of your transponder car key. Choosing a mobile professional locksmith like Pronto Locksmiths cuts out the need for an expensive towing trip. A locksmith can come directly to your location to provide you with a replacement transponder car key. Pronto Locksmiths has the tools necessary to cut and program many of the transponder car keys which are on the market today. Since Pronto Locksmiths is a 24/7 service provider, there is no need for you to be stuck without your vehicle just because you can not find a professional to complete service for you.

When presented with these two options, the choice is clear. Choosing a professional locksmith to complete the replacement of your transponder car key not only saves you money on an expensive towing charge, but it also allows for you to get back out the road with as little delay as possible. If your transponder car key replacement needs happen to occur in Southeastern Queensland, you can rely on the professional service from Pronto Locksmiths to be able to get your vehicle back out on the road again.

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