The media in the USA and Europe has given the subject of lock bumping a great deal of attention in recent times may be due to the burgeoning interest in personal security or perhaps its the level of reported crimes or even just the shock associated with the simplicity of break-and-enter that is now widely known as lock bumping. But in Australia, the issue has only recently attracted media attention.
Australian Lock Company believes that it is important that the community be aware on how simple it is to bypass what is estimated to be the vast majority of locks in the USA and also, in Australia. For instance, most home and business owners do not know that the standard in-line front door lock or even that additional deadlock can, in many cases, both be bumped.
And, from the media coming out of the USA & Europe particularly, virtually any standard in-line lock can be bumped. The public need to have knowledge so as to make a more educated and valued decision regarding the security of their family, their business and even their personal security.
The public need to know the differences between locks that can be bumped and those high security locks that encapsulate additional features to prevent bumping.
One such lock is BiLock, an Australian made and designed product that has built a market share within Australia and internationally, over the past two decades on its many features.
Australian Lock Company aim to generate discussion within the industry and go some way toward encouraging the security industry to assist in educating individuals to ask whether the lock they are buying, often for several hundred dollars, are able to be bumped open.
US media has reported that some insurance companies will now compensate their customers for the use of high security locks such as BiLock and other branded, high security locks. Perhaps Australian based insurance firms could also take this on-board for the future even if it only means a reduction in policy excess. Such an initiative may encourage the market to spend extra on the high security options available.
According to the European based organisation, Toool, it is a simple technique by which an extensive variety of mechanical locks can be opened quickly and without damage by an untrained attacker.
It has long history from as far back as 1956 when it was reported in a Keynotes Magazine. In 2005 it came to the forefront in Europe & the USA when organisations like Toool and individuals like Matt Blaze, Paul Clark, Theodore Tool, M.W. Tobias and Klaus Noch reported a number of locks could be bumped relatively easily, including, with some surprise, some of the more expensive brand.
BiLock resistant to bumping:
BiLock does not have split pin applications so you can never create a gap like a standard lock, it has side bars, pins of equal length with hidden combinations, all of which combine with other security features like the 13th locking pin operated by a unique moveable element within the key to resist bumping.