We advocate that all of our customers have their home or business correctly prepared to handle any type of attempted break-in. One of the most important parts of being prepared is to know the ways that a criminal may try to enter your home. We find that most times it is the simplest ways to gain access that burglars end up using. Below we have the three most common ways that criminals will attempt to gain access to your residence.
Bump keys are very discreet and easy way for criminals to gain access to your home when you are not there. A bump key is a blank key that has been shaved down so that it can slide into any lock cylinder. From there all a criminal has to do is apply direct force to the back of the key and they are easily able to open most standard locks. This method takes criminals only a matter of seconds and they cane be inside of your home or business. A way to protect yourself from this is to purchase a bump proof lock, which uses a different cylinder mechanism than standard locks and prevents criminals from bumping the lock.
Many people have seen it in movies and have heard of opening a locked door with a credit card before. Credit carding is similar to bump keys however bump keys have a much higher rate of success. The most common place for a door to be unlocked using a credit car is in a dorm or apartment setting because only knob locks can be opened using a credit card, deadbolts can not. For a burglar to enter using a credit card it is as simple as them placing the card inside the divide of the door frame and lock while applying pressure to the card. Depending on the correct combination of force the door will pop open once the credit card is fully in between the frame and lock.
Doors Left Open
Burglary is often a crime of opportunity and a lot of time people are robbed because they left an exterior door unlocked or even fully open. We remind all of our customers to make sure they properly activate all locks on their home before leaving or before going to bed for the night. It only takes one time of forgetting to lock your locks that a criminal is able to stroll right into your home or business.
All three of these methods of gaining entry to a home or business are very easy to prevent. Bump proof locks will stop any criminal who is trying to use a bump key to enter your home and a deadbolt can easily be installed to ward off any burglars trying to credit card your door. Of course all you need to do to prevent a criminal from just walking in the front door is to always remember to lock your doors.