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February 11, 2009

Lock Bumping

Above, the problem.

Below, how it works.

Below, how to make bump keys.

Below, prevention.

[via jojopotatoes]

February 11, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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Fear Mongering? This has been a hobby of mine for years. Like previously posted, this has been around since the early 70's and prob even before then. The more people aware of this issue the better. The higher security "more expensive" lock makers have plenty of business from schools, commercial, and government institutions that have been using locks from Medeco and the likes for years. Hell I dont even make my own keys anymore. To many places sell them for less than it costs me to do my own.


Great way to save 50 bucks if you lock yourself out of something.

Posted by: BumpMcgoo | Sep 3, 2009 10:32:37 AM

Public service site about lock bumping. They provide information on how to protect yourself from lock bumping and lock bumping keys.


Posted by: lock bumping | Aug 20, 2009 12:59:27 AM

Lock bumping has been around for a while (years) so I'm not sure it could be solely attributed to fear mongering, though I'm sure it doesn't hurt business. If I were a locksmith, I'd certainly be sure to bring to my local station's attention if they hadn't done so already. Anyway, all it takes is trip to the drug store and a quicker and more efficient vibro-picker is 5 minutes worth of work away. What's the saying? Locks keep honest people honest, and that's about it. RFID isn't perfect, but it's starting to look like a pretty good alternative.

Posted by: johnjohn | Feb 11, 2009 2:34:33 PM

I'm quite sure this is legit.

Yet it also has that smell of being cooked up by the "more expensive" locksmiths. You know, the ones that keep getting mentioned as bump proof.

I'm sure I'm just paranoid, but I can't help feeling there was a meeting of the high-end lock folks and they said, "Jeez, people, sales are down in this economy. What can we do?"

"Well, we can start a viral trend of telling people how to pick the cheapo locks, start a panic, and that should drive business right to us."

"I love it, let's get to work on our press releases."

Posted by: Randee | Feb 11, 2009 1:58:53 PM

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