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One thing you should think about in Storm Season

One thing you should think about in Storm Season

There is one specific type of job we get called out to quite a bit after a lightening storm.

locked out of garage
That is to unlock houses because the power has gone off.  Why?  Well, a lot of people drive out of their garage and click the remote to lock their door.  They don’t take a set of keys with them, only a garage remote.
Usually the remote is all you need to get back inside your house.  Except for when the power goes off, or a lightning strike makes your garage opener malfunction.  If your garage opener is all you have to unlock your house then you are going to be stuck outside.   As most storms happen in the late afternoon most of our calls to open a locked house in this situation happen at night which is not the best time to be locked outside.
All you really need to be prepared for this lockout situation is to have an alternative entry into your home.  A set of keys is not reliant on the power being switched on and will always give you access in any situation.  It is not expensive to get an extra set of keys cut for your house or apartment and it will save you money and the inconvenience of being locked out after a storm or power failure.
On some properties and townhouses you might even be locked out of your main gate or foyer door if there is no power.  Going keyless is great, but just check your entry requirements and find out what you need to do if there is no power.   Hopefully we wont have destructive storms this Summer although it is pretty much impossible to predict.  Being prepared is the best strategy.

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Lock Bumping

Lock Bumping

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Lock bumping a deadlock

You are probably not the only person with a key to your house or business.

Lock Bumping is a covert way to open a lock when you do not have a key. It is similar to lock picking in that it is used to open doors and all types of locks. Lock Bumping and Lock Picking are not the only way to open a lock without a key but lock Bumping is a problem for most houses and businesses as no real skill is required to open a door and some of the most well made locks can be unlocked with the bump key method.
Burglars can cut a Master Bump Key to open 95% of locks in Australia.
Bump keys were made known to the mainstream due to the information going viral on the internet. Using bump keys is so easy, people started making videos and uploading them to youtube and tutorials on how to make bump keys were available of forums and how to sites. The spread of the information over the internet led to many high profile manufacturers feeling that their locks were from the dark ages as they were way too easy to open. Even very young kids could now open their locks.

Bump proof lock.  Abloy key

Abloy key for a bump proof lock

The bump key can be made from just about any old key that inserts into the lock. All you need to do is file it down the correct way or cut a key and you have made a bump key. To bump open a lock a bump hammer is used to tap the key which lines up the pins inside the lock cylinder. Many locks in Brisbane are vulnerable to bump keys including most regular deadlocks, security door locks, commercial locks, registered key systems and unit door locks.
Common locks sold in hardware stores still have no resistance to lock bumping. There are locks now available in Brisbane that can not be bumped. There are high security locks sold by locksmiths which can not be bumped and which are practically pick proof. A high level of bump resistance can be achieved if you have your locks changed to a bump proof system. High security locks are a little more expensive then regular locks and it depends on weather you are concerned with this security risk in your home or business as to weather you request bump proof locks.

Home door that might be easily bumped open

How to know if your lock has been bumped?

One of the biggest problems with lock bumping is that it leaves no visible signs of your lock being picked. There are no break and enter marks on the door and no sign of a thief entering your home or business. For insurance companies this is a problem. If there is no sign of a break-in then how do you prove it? The lock bumping phenomenon has forced many businesses and home owners to upgrade and have locks changed to a higher security lock cylinder. If you are in doubt weather your locks can be picked or bumped you should consult a qualified locksmith for more information.

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