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Lock bumping is a simple technique for bypassing the security of pin-tumbler locks — the locks most commonly used for residential and business doors.Lock bumping is a disturbingly common lock vulnerability.It’s a simple break-and-enter technique. It’s quiet, fast and almost unnoticeable and it’s on the rise.Tutorials on how to do lock bumping are readily available on the internet.Unlike brute force (such as a crowbar), it makes very little noise, and leaves no signs that a break-in even occurred.What’s more these keys are easy to produce.Bumping has become so popular that one company sells a lock bumping tool, and many websites openly sell bump keys for a variety of locks (they even bundle them together).Worst of all, many standard locks — especially newer ones — are especially vulnerable to this technique.

Insurance may not cover your loss. You might think that your insurance will cover any loss.Problem is that bumping is such a ‘clean’ way to steal that very little sign of intrusion is left behind. Since it’s then just your word, your insurer may not pay out.

Fortunately, there’s a simple way to fight back.Retrofit your existing lockswith DC1 barrels and keys and stop key bumping thieves in their tracks.The Master Locksmiths Association is the peak industry body for locksmiths. An MLA-backed product means you’re choosing a system that meets the highest security standards.