I just met with a locksmith at one of my properties and somehow we got to talking about the bump key. It’s a low tech device that picks locks like it’s nothing and can be purchased at Wal Mart and on the internet. An entire set of bump keys costs about $30 and it will give you a full arsenal of tools to pick locks.
I did a check on YouTube and there’s all kinds of videos showing how to use this device. It looks like criminals use the internet as well. I was really shocked to see how easy it is to pick a lock on a home. There’s even a 12 year old successfully using a bump key on YouTube.
When replacing locks on your home, it may be worthwhile to consider putting in locks that are impervious to the bump key. I found one solution by a company called Medeco and another by Schlage Primus who claims to be bump key proof. The locksmith told me that he’s been installing the Medeco locks all over Central Florida especailly where crime is more prevalent. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a high tech security system and probably more effective.