You might have heard of people using a people using a paper clip to pick a lock, but criminals are getting more bold in their home invasion methods.
ABC news recently reports that information about "lock bumping" is all over the internet. On YouTube, there are hundreds of videos with step-by-step instructions showing bad guys how to break into your home. According to specialists in locksmith-work and safe repair Los Angeles residents can fall victim to this technique that opens most locks by simply inserting a specially cut key and hitting it with a hammer. During an evening spent with his family at the park, Sioux Falls dad Shawn Adams couldn't believe that information is out there. He said, "Obviously it's not a good thing. I mean it's kind of scary actually to know that really, you're not safe."
Van Nuys locksmiths have long used lock bumping tools. So when people come across "lock bumping" online, they're quick to call locksmiths asking for help. The scariest part of "lock bumping" is that there is no sign of forced entry. According to many Encino locksmiths, it's only a problem for people who have low-end locks. They say there are higher-security, "bump" proof locks, including "primus" brands. They cost four-times as much as an average lock and are only sold at select retailers. Medeco requires stores to register each lock, so that duplicates are only made if they have your signature on-file.
But some Los Angeles locksmiths don’t think having a lock like that would help. They say, "The problem with doing something like that is just like in this instance, you go buy a more expensive lock, they find another tool to break a more expensive lock."
The International Association of Investigative Locksmiths says the specially-cut keys used by locksmiths to "bump" locks are being sold online, including instructions on how to use it. Leaders in the security industry want laws passed, which would only allow
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