Over 50% of all burglars gain access to your home through your front or back door, making them the most susceptible areas of your house. It is important for you, as a homeowner, and for us as your locksmith, to make sure your home is safe and secure by installing and maintaining your locks. Especially living in a bigger city, like Tampa Bay.

Burglars can tamper with your locks in several ways.

Most locks used in residential households are not top-of-the-line secure locks. There are many different ways that burglars will attempt to open your doors. Here are the most common:

Snapping

This common tactic involves literally snapping a lock by force. This can be done with a screwdriver, hammer, or other tools. Once broken, the locking mechanism is exposed and your door can be easily opened in just seconds.

Bumping

Burglars file down the “teeth” on a key, making it resemble a small saw. The key in inserted into the lock and bumped with a blunt object until the tumbler catches. The key is then pulled back one notch and the process is repeated until all the tumblers have caught, the key turns successfully, and your door is open. 90% of the doors in U.S. households use cylinder locks which are especially vulnerable to bumping.

Picking

The most common method of lock-tampering is picking the lock. This involves the thief using objects like a small screwdriver or other pick-like items to turn the lock and rake the pin tumblers. This process requires more skill but leaves less noticeable damage.

Preventing your locks from being compromised.

Now that you know the most common ways burglars gain entry to your home, you need to set security measures in place to prevent this from happening to you.

  • Spray WD-40 into your keyholes on each and every door to make it much more difficult for pins to stick. It’s not foolproof, but it helps.
  • Have our team install special pins into your locks that make it much more difficult for them to be bumped.
  • Change and upgrade your residential locks to commercial-grade locks.
  • Install pick-proof and bump-proof deadbolts.
  • Consider upgrading to digital/keyless entry systems.

Don’t wait until you become a victim! A few small changes to your door locks can make all the difference in your safety and peace of mind. Call us at (813) 545-5462 and let us help you with your home security needs.