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June

Bump Keying, the new security hazard

Thanks to the information age an old technique of lock bypassing has become epidemic. Basically a modified key is bumped with a hammer, piece of wood or any type of object to open the lock. The bump key works in a similar way to a pool cue ball hitting another ball – causing both balls to separate. When the pins inside the lock all separate, the cylinder can be opened. Recently, this technique has been taught and discussed widely on the internet by those outside the industry causing increased concern for public safety.

What can you do to protect yourself. Certain brands of high security locks are really the best method of protecting against this type of attack. Talk to a security professional such as myself about the appropriate options for what you are trying to secure. High security cylinder manufacturers (such as Medeco) provide cylinders that can retrofit into most lock brands without having to replace the entire lock.