The Lockdown: Locked, But Not Secure

The Lockdown: Locked, But Not Secure

Gregory Han
Aug 28, 2006

Ask someone about their home security measures and you'll discover most of us are relying on optimism and antiquated lock mechanisms. One of our favourite non-decor sites is Engadget, recently posted the first two of an extensive and in-depth series called The Lockdown: Locked, But Not Secure about lock security, something that most home owners and renters take for granted, but should be aware of. Techniques like "bumping", the common technique in which a specially cut key is used to open pin tumbler locks (what most of us have "protecting" our doors) are discussed by security specialist Marc Weber Tobias, alongside what one can do to increase home security using the newest in lock technology.

The article reminds us: There are insurance issues when there is no sign of forced entry. You should definitely check your policy to determine what is covered and what is required to prove a loss, because bumping often leaves no trace of illegal entry.

A highly recommended read, as an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and we want you to protect all those personal and valuable items that make your house a home.

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