Bump Keys Can Open Your Doors in 3 Seconds or Less. Are You Bump Key Proof?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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A few years ago my locksmith retired leaving me wondering who would be the next candidate to work with our company.  Then I got to thinking about all the times I needed someone immediately, right now and not a week from Thursday.  My locksmith was pretty good about accommodating my REO schedule, but it took a while to get him in the flow with that kind of fast paced schedule.

So, I decided I'd just do it myself.  I know, Realtors shouldn't be involved in the "arms reach" portions of REOs, but what I found is that if I do it free, REO companies don't seem to have any issues with it.  If I could open my own doors, I could move quicker when time came to take over an REO.  So, that's what I did.

First, I learned how to pick locks.  It's not terribly hard.  I already knew how to change the lock-set, but gaining access was always the challenge, and then I found something stunning.  There is another technique that doesn't require you to pick a lock.  It's called a bump key (video).  With a bump key, I can be in a house in less than 3 seconds and no one would ever know I was there. 

The bump key is a key.  It looks like most keys except that instead of a series of unusual shaped highs and lows it has a series of equal mountains and valleys.  You insert the key into the lock about 90% of the way.  With a little pressure toward the unlocking direction, you tap the back of the key.  The key moves into the lock causing the pins to bounce up, and the slight pressure forces them to stay up and bingo, the lock is open.

It took me about 5 minutes to make my first key.  That's all.  So, when you change the locks on your house install new high security bump key proof locks.  Please encourage your home-buyers to do the same. They are built with heavier springs which will not bounce when the key is tapped.  Thieves have been using bump keys for decades, but now the general public is aware of them because of You-Tube and other web-based sites.  Make the change.  It will help you sleep better, and it will frustrate would-be thieves. 

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Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Probably not, Gene.  I know what you mean about entering an REO.  I've gotten into most without a locksmith.  Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!!

Jul 16, 2011 10:31 AM #98
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Bump keys are scary stuff. Thanks for a great explanation. I like the idea of a buyer's gift. Always looking for different ideas.

Jul 16, 2011 01:46 PM #100
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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That would make a great gift, Anne.  Enjoy your weekend!!

Jul 16, 2011 01:49 PM #101
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
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Scary, I hadn't heard of this before.  I'm assuming it costs a lot more to make your locks bump key proof...well worth it though.

Jul 16, 2011 06:13 PM #102
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Barbara Hensley
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Mike - What, this not a feature yet???  This is scary stuff.  I know most real criminals will not let a hard to unlock door keep them out, but it may keep out some and I thing this is a great idea!  Oh, no - something else on my to do list!  I also like the idea of a buyer gift.  I have a closing coming up and the home has 14 outside doors....perhaps not for that one!

Jul 16, 2011 10:24 PM #103
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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That is scary.  I had no idea.  But, I needed a new lockset anyway.  So, thanks, Mike. 

Jul 17, 2011 12:14 AM #104
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Patricia, it is a little more expensive. 

Fourteen doors, OUCH!  It would be  a great idea for a closing gift. 

Glad it helped, Ron.

Jul 17, 2011 12:45 AM #105
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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I have never heard of such a thing Mike. This is something that I'm sure to pass on to others.

Jul 17, 2011 01:58 AM #106
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
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Thanks, Tom.  Enjoy your Sunday!!

Jul 17, 2011 02:08 AM #107
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Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
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Tom,  I always tell buyers to change the locks, but thanks for the heads up on bump keys.  Thsi is something I've never heard of before. 

Jul 18, 2011 05:55 AM #108
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Wow - thanks - this is worth re-blogging

Jul 18, 2011 07:37 AM #109
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Mike Cooper, GRI
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Glad it helped, Elyse. 

Jul 18, 2011 09:47 AM #110
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Elizabeth Nicolas
Remax Select - Longwood, FL

Wow, I had no idea this exhisted.  I feel so naive!  Thank you for great information Mike.  

Jul 22, 2011 12:54 PM #111
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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You're welcome, Elizabeth.  Glad it helped!!

Jul 22, 2011 12:59 PM #112
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Thomas Haught
The Russell Realty Group - Saugus, MA

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Bump keys made a big splash on my local news station a couple years ago.  They were talking about the many ways thieves were getting into homes without the homeowners even knowing they were ever there!

Good job bringing out the information for everyone!

 

Jul 31, 2011 01:22 PM #113
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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You bet, Thomas.  They have been around for decades, but it seems they have made a major revival in the past few years.  Thanks for commenting!!

Jul 31, 2011 01:25 PM #114
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

That's a little scary.  But if you are teaching us all your secrets the next set of REO's might be harder for you to get into ;-)

Aug 08, 2011 04:43 PM #115
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Maybe, J & K.  Hopefully the current owners aren't on AR.  Whew!

Aug 09, 2011 12:51 AM #116
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Mike, I have a wonderful REO guy who drops everything to rekey my properties. Did not know about a key but had heard about lock bumping. So now I know there is a key involved. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon

Oct 20, 2011 04:00 PM #117
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Sharon, he can also install bump key proof locks on your properties.  Some agents give lock rekeying for a closign gift.  If you do that, it might worth asking him to make sure he installs that kind.   Thanks for commenting!!

Oct 21, 2011 12:55 AM #118
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