HOW TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF 'BUMP KEYS' WITH THE MEDIA,
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND YOUR CUSTOMERS
Recently there have been a number
of 'investigative news reports' concerning the use of 'bump keys' as a way for criminals to bypass mechanical
The Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) says that consumers have
been unduly alarmed by attention-seeking reporters who have used the media to create a panic over recent reports of the use
of 'bump keys' to commit burglaries. However, because of the widespread distribution of this information through various
media, it now has the potential to become a real security threat to consumers.
technique of using 'bump keys' is one of many methods used by locksmiths over the past 75 years to open locks for
which there is either a cylinder malfunction or a lost key. There are, in fact, many other, more reliable or quicker ways
to open a lock. So, 'bumping' is not a first-line technique that is used by professional locksmiths.
Initially the 'investigative reporters' who promoted 'bumping' to the press
may have been making what ALOA perceives as a misguided attempt at 'consumer awareness'. They gave the impression
that opening locks by 'bumping' was a wide-spread problem. It certainly has not been a method used by most burglars
for many reasons. However, now that this method of opening some locks has become a popular theme, the most probable effect
will be to stimulate the interest of would-be burglars to attempt to 'bump open' locks!
For consumers who are concerned whether their locks or premises are susceptible to this or any other form of burglary
attack, ALOA recommends consulting a certified locksmith who can recommend an appropriate solution, including installation
of locks designed to be resistant to burglar attacks.
ALOA encourages locksmiths
who are asked by the media or government agencies, about the use of 'bump keys' to provide them with ALOA's official
statement regarding this issue - Click Here .
For further assistance, contact ALOA Education Manager, David Lowell,
CML, CMST at 214-819-9733 x101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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