We recommend that our customers make sure that their businesses are correctly protected to handle any sort of attempted break-in or burglary. One of the most important aspects of preparation, is to understand the various ways criminals may try to enter your home. Here’s the top three most common ways that criminals can use to get access to your home.
Bump keys are low-key, small, and easily concealed tools that criminals use to gain access into locked homes. Basically it’s a blank key that has been shaved down so it can slide into any lock cylinder. All that’s then necessary is for force to be applied to the key’s back, and many standard locks will be forced open. This method takes criminals only a few seconds, and they can be inside your home or business in just as short of a time period. The best way to prevent this is to purchase a bump proof lock, which uses a separate cylinder mechanism than most standard locks which prevents criminals from bumping it.
Most people have seen this trick in movies – it doesn’t work as well as bump keys of course, but sometimes it really does. This is most commonly done in dorms or apartment buildings, since only knob locks can be opened with credit cards – deadbolts are not vulnerable to this method of burglary. It’s simply done by sliding the card down the door frame’s divide/lock while pressuring the card – if there’s the perfect balance of forces, the door will pop open once the credit card passes between the lock and frame.
Entering Open Doors
Burglary is often a spontaneous “crime of opportunity” – and much of the time, people get robbed because they unwittingly left the front door unlocked or open. We want all of our customers to remember that they need to activate all locks in their home before leaving, or going to bed. It only takes one mistake to allow a criminal access into your home. If you need to, tape a reminder by the front door so you can remember to lock it when you’re in a rush to leave your home, or sleepy from a long day.
All these very common methods of break-ins are fortunately easy to prevent. By utilizing bump proof locks and a deadbolt, you can effectively minimize your chances of having your home robbed – however, of course, you need to remember to lock the doors yourself.