Tuesday, October 6, 2015

History of Bump Keys and Lock Bumping - BumpKey.US

The question of bump keys came up in a class on crises management I taught recently. Here is a bump key vendor that seems to be able to stay in business, many do not. Bump keys are a quick way to open most home and business locks quickly and easily. I will post a blog piece of these again when I get a chance. I predicted ,and was wrong, when the Germans put bump keys in you tube videos, that key locks as we know them would disappear within 5 years. I made that statement back in 2006 when a group of locksmiths out of Germany made a series of you tube videos of how bump keys work. For some reason even when the US Press made a big to do about them a few years ago, people tend to forget about what they can do. Well a bump key can open very quickly most key locks, and with out leaving the trace that a simple lock pick will or even a lock tool, mechanical or electric. One of the things insurance investigators and even police forensics investigators would do after a theft was to look at the lock to make sure it had not been picked. Lock picks often leave small tool marks on the pins on the inside of the lock. Seeing them would give an investigator the idea that someone had broken it. Most insurance companies would look for this to make sure you did not just leave the door unlocked, or steal things yourself. It is not 100%, but it helps give the insurance company a better feeling. Some security consultants have been known to run lock picks on locks to protect clients, before forensics investigators arrive. Access controls using card keys, and or pin pads, and or biometrics have made bump keys pretty useless for businesses in the know. I hate to tell clients the track record of bump keys against even very expensive high security locks. Most of the major lock manufactures have bought into or developed their own keyless access systems for homes and businesses, just in case bump keys catch on for real, this time around.
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1 comment:

  1. Bump keys have been involved in some of the very high take thefts from mainly hotels all over the world back in the 60's and 70's. This is but one reason that hotel made the switch to keyless systems faster than most of the business community.

    If you follow the combination lock progression, it was also affected by a fairly simple defeat, which pushed most safes to go to digital combination locks that look and are used much like the old mechanical locks.

    But this has been the way of locks since their inception traced back to old Egyptian systems. As someone builds a better lock, someone else finds a way around them, and so it goes.