Bump Proof, Drill Proof and Pick Proof Locks: How Do They Work?

If you’re looking to get a new lock for your front door, you may well have heard about bump proof, pick proof, and drill proof locks. What do these really mean?

These locks are resistant to forced entry attacks like lock picking, bumping, drilling, and so on. 

This article will explain how advanced security features can be used to lock your home and protect it from intruders. Let’s dive in!

Pick Proof Locks

Although lock picking is now in the ‘bad books’, it was, for the most part, a means of opening a lock when you misplace your keys.

Lock picking is very common. You can pick locks with a hairpin or paper clip, as well as other tools.

This method of opening a lock with a key has been adopted as a major breaching technique.

Lock picking is impossible when pick proof locks have advanced security features. Pick-proof locks are equipped with advanced security features that make it impossible to pick. These include more pins, shields, and SmartKey Security which protects against picking.

Bump-proof Locks

Bumping, which is similar to lock picking, opens a lock without having to use the original key.

Lock picking requires some tools such as a paper clip, hairpin, or lock pick tool. Bumping is done using a special key called a Bump Key.

The bump key was used by locksmiths to open locks that were difficult to pick with standard lock pick tools.

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Because lock bumping is now mostly used for nefarious acts, we now have the bump proof locks—reputed to resist lock bumping.

Drill-proof Locks

Drilling locks is why we have drill-proof locks today. It’s a notorious forced entry technique used by burglars.

Drilling, unlike the other methods, is destructive. It completely damages the lock.

Lock drilling is done by forcefully inserting a drill into a lock’s keyhole. It’s then followed by adding a drill bit to fit the gap created by the drill and then turn the lock with a flat-headed screwdriver to execute the drilling.

Drill-proof locks may be used to stop lock drilling. The locks have steel pins, cylinders or ceramic plates which prevent the internal mechanism from snapping and protect against drilling.

Can door locks with these security features help me protect my home?

It depends! You want to first consider the lock’s brand, grade, and probably feedback from other users.

But for sure, these types of locks are the best candidates for front doors if you’re concerned about the safety of your home. They come from reputable brands like Medeco and Kwikset.

You should choose a bump proof, pickproof, or drill proof lock that has BHMA/ANSI Grade 1. Grade 1 locks are the most durable locks and are recommended for industrial and commercial use.

Also, Grade 2 locks are tough, and they are the highest security locks for residential properties—as per BHMA/ANSI grading.

There’s also the SmartKey Security that probably makes a lock immune to forced entry techniques—lock picking, bumping, and drilling. Baldwin Kwikset has a large selection of locks with SmartKey Security.

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Locks with more pins than six make it more difficult to pick locks, drill or bump them. This is because the goal is to alter the pins. It could be more difficult with more pins.

Overall, locks with SmartKey Security, Grade 1 to 2 BHMA/ANSI rating and up to 6 pins might be immune to lock picking and drilling.

Keep in mind that locks with keyholes can be vulnerable to forced entry attacks. You never know what burglars could do to bypass this lock security.

Can I find a lock that is anti-pick, anti-bump and anti-drill?

SmartKey Security locks can resist picking, drilling and bumping. If you require all of these security features, you will want to purchase a smart key lock.

What if the smart lock does not have a BHMA/ANSI certificate?

Well, that might not be a red flag, but it sure creates uncertainty about the lock’s ability to withstand forced entry.

Two locks can be used on your front doors: one with SmartKey Security and one with the appropriate ANSI/BHMA Grad. Learn more about using two locks on your front doors.

Note: As mentioned above, you may not need another lock if your smart key lock has the correct grading.

Final words

If you’re concerned about protecting your home against burglars, then door locks with these security features are essential.

You might also consider installing Home Security Systems, such as SimpliSafe Ring Alarm to beef up your home’s security.

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