If you've never heard of 'bump keys' then I suggest you read the blog below. I had read online about them about a year ago and watched videos of how easy it is for theives to gain access to your home. My suggestion? Protect yourself.
Michael Collins, SFR - Broker
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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.
(Disclaimer: All grammatical mistakes, punctuation breakdowns and misspellings are purely for your amusement and entertainment. Feel free to cackle.)