A bump key can open any lock that it fits into. It's helpful to have in your pocket if you ever lose your keys, because it can open your door lock and your deadbolt, even if they normally require seperate keys.
Bump keys are keys cut to a special design that will allow them to be used for picking pin-tumbler locks. Pin-tumbler locks are the world's most popular lock, and these include exterior door entry locks for homes. The process of gaining entry using a bump key is called “bumping,” and it can be very effective.
Unpickable Locks Do Not Exist.
Replace your locks with a Grade 1 lock (see article: What are Lock Grades?). If you have Schlage locks already, your least costly solution is to add the new Schlage Grade 1 B60 deadbolts to your doors. Schlage's locks are heavy duty, pick and bump resistant, and built solid.
The HYT Chain Key
Just as the name suggests, this lock has a loose chain injected into the lock. The keyway has a curve which is designed in such a way that it makes lock picking difficult using standard locks. Therefore, you have to use the original key to be able to open a door locked using this unpickable lock.
Deadbolt door locks are the most secure type of key lock and are usually used on a home's exterior door. Available in single- and double-cylinder styles, deadbolts are rated according to their strength from Grade 1 to Grade 3.
Bump keys, like all keys, only fit a particular keyway. A bump key for a Schlage will not fit into a Kwikset lock and if you want to bump a Master Lock #3 you'll need a bump key made for a Master Lock #3.
Contrary to popular belief, dimple locks are neither more secure or less secure than other conventional pin tumbler locks. This impression might arise from the fact that dimple keys have dimples cut into the grooves while standard keys do not.
Is there a master key for all locks? For certain systems of locks, yes. A master key is specifically designed to unlock a given locking system. Having one key for safekeeping can help open a lock in case its paired key is lost or damaged.
As the metal pieces of the electric pick gun vibrate, they push up on the pins in the lock, and as you turn the gun, you'll be getting some of the pins at the shear line. While sometimes an electric pick gun can get a locked door open in a few seconds, sometimes it doesn't do the job at all.
On the inside of that hole is a groove that will fit a small flat head screwdriver. Think of it as a very small screw that turns the lock. When you insert a small enough flat head screwdriver into this groove it will open your locked door.
Bump keys are specially cut keys that can bypass the security mechanisms built into traditional pin and tumbler locks. Bump keys are also referred to as “999 keys” because all of their ridges are cut to the maximum depth (999) in a key-making machine.
One of the most common (and easiest to pick) locks is the pin-and-tumbler, which is a type of cylinder lock. Cylinder locks are used in most deadbolts. When picking a pin-and-tumbler lock, put the tension wrench in the keyhole and turn it as if it was a key.
The easiest way to pick a Master Lock is by raking it. This is done by first tensioning the core and using a lock pick to bump all of the pins to the shear line. Master Locks can also be picked with a variety of makeshift tools including paperclips, bobby pins, soda cans, and even chicken bones.
Pick-resistant locks have an extra set of tumblers or locking apparatus so that, in effect, the key has to do two things at once. Because of their resistance to manipulation, these locks are also resistant to key bumping. One of the most popular pick-resistant locks is the Medeco.
Products with Kwikset SmartKey feature BumpGuard™ which uses a patented slide-locking bar mechanism inside of the lock to prevent lock bumping and other advanced home break-in techniques.
Tiny Scratch Marks Around the Keyhole
As these small tools wiggle around inside your lock, they may cut into edges and leave marks. If you notice that your key is harder to turn than usual, check around the keyhole for tiny scratch marks or fresh, shiny metal marks finer than those left by your key.
What about ALL burglaries— forced and non-forced? Let's do some simple math to find out! That's only 1.36% of TOTAL burglaries that utilize either picking a lock or shimming. Note that I'm not using these numbers to say that malicious lock picking isn't a problem.
If you suddenly find it hard to get your key in the lock, it's likely that there's something inside causing a blockage, such as dirt or dust. Check that you're using the right key and that it's not bent or dull. Also, consider that the lock itself may be dry, causing the pins to get stuck.
Tubular pin tumbler locks are often considered to be safer and more resistant to picking than standard locks. This is primarily because they are often seen on coin boxes for vending machines and coin-operated machines, such as those used in a laundromat.