Bump Keys Still Pose a Security Threat

(VIA 5ABC – Cleveland) Recently the local ABC affiliate in Cleveland has brought to light a problem which we have previous detailed in our blog, and that is the security risk that bump keys pose. With the easy availability of information through the internet, it is extremely easy for individuals to get instructions on how to pick or bump keys. This can give criminals easy access to your home if you do not properly protect yourself. In just a matter of seconds a criminal, even an unskilled one, can be inside of your home with no signs of forced entry with the assistance of a bump key. This begs the question, what can be done to help prevent your home from being infiltrated using bump keys and lock picks?

Have Bump Proof or Resistant Locks Installed

Previously we specifically detailed the NightWatch deadbolt which is manufactured by Master Lock. This lock has a mechanism which allows for the cylinder to be moved when the lock is engaged and makes it impossible for the lock to be opened from the outside, even if that intruder has a key. This type of lock can be the perfect way to make sure that your home is secure even as you sleep. There are a range of bump proof and resistant locks which are on the market, speaking with one of our professional technicians and describing your needs is the best way to find out which lock is right for your home. Kwikset offers a unique key way which makes it nearly impossible for criminals to compromise with a lock pick or bump key. In addition to these types of locks, many models of smart locks do not have a traditional key way which is exposed, so moving your home into the 21st century with a smart lock can help to eliminate this security gap which occurs in traditional locks.

Use a Secondary Lock

Like the steering wheel club which predated the transponder car key for automotive security, adding a secondary lock to your existing deadbolt can ensure that someone using a lock pick or bump key can not enter your home. A secondary lock such as a latch or chain lock can ensure that no one is able to enter your home. However there is an inconvenience with using a secondary lock, you would be unable to exit through that door and must use a side or garage exit to leave.

Both of these are effective ways to prevent criminals with lock picks or bump keys from entering your home and the locksmith Philadelphia that we offer is glad to assist you in having either installed. He can come to your location with a range of locks that vary in security and features so that you can find the lock that offers you the perfect combination of affordability and security. Whether a break-in has just occurred and you need to have your security back on line as soon as possible, or you want to find out more about the advantages of our locksmith services, make one easy call to Phila-Locksmith and our customer service team will be more than happy to take anyone of your questions.

 

Three Money Saving Lock and Key Tips

Having issues with a lock or key but facing the restriction of a budget? Phila-Locksmith has compiled three money saving tips that can be used to get you the same results that a more expensive service would provide. Why would you waste the money if you are able to get the same results for cheaper? Please note that some of these tips may be more difficult to complete as a homeowner than others, if you have an issues call a professional to prevent further damage. Other than that lets take a look at some of the tips that we have to offer our customers.

Programming Your Own Car Fob or Remote

Most vehicles with remote or fob controllers can be programmed directly with the car, without having to use a separate machine. Not only are you able to do this but there are many blank remotes and fobs available online for purchase for a discounted rate. This is not available for all vehicles but for those that it is available for, owners can save themselves a pretty penny. To begin you can search for a replacement remote that suits your car from an online merchant such as KeylessRide, they have a wide selection of easy to find remotes. If you decide to purchase a replacement remote then check out www.programyourremote.com they have instructions on programming many different makes and models of vehicles. It is to note that you should check to make sure that the instructions for your vehicle are also readily available online, but remember if you do have issues with programming your remote, if you call a professional locksmith they will be able to program it easily for you and you will still save on the cost of the replacement fob or remote!

Choosing Lock Jaw over a Bump Proof Lock

Bump proof locks are an incredible addition to any piece of home security and neutralizes one of thieves biggest tools for entering a locked home. However these locks can be expensive, especially if you have multiple entry doors. However there is a simple solution for regular deadbolts that can allow for you to be more secure within your home. The Lock Jaw is a product that is simple in design but brings a lot to the table when it is combined with a regular deadbolt lock. The Lock Jaw acts as a bolt that keeps your lock in place so that even if a thief is able to bump your lock he will not be able to gain entry to your home because the cylinder will be immobilized. It is easy to install and comes at a bit of a discount when compared to the cost of a bump proof lock.

Get Spares Before You Need Them

After you have already lost your house key, is never the time to think about getting spare keys cut. For most generic locks a hardware store is able to cut a spare key for only a few dollars, this can be a great savings when compared to the price of having your locks re-keyed once you have lost your only key. Even if you only keep your spare hidden in the house at all times, you will still be saving money because the locksmith coming to your home to let you in will not need to change or re-key your lock!

The most important aspect of saving money on home security is to be prepared, it is the real way to save yourself a lot of money and hassle.