Tuesday was a bit of a shock when I got home. I put my key in the front door and turned it. And turned it. And turned. And turned. 360 became 720 became 1080...
Angling my key just right, aligning it with various planets and stars, and squinting at it just so allowed me to unlock my front door (the one with the screen). Wednesday I came home from with a brand new KwickSet SmartKey lock set (knob and deadbolt kit) with Bumpguard and industrial strength ANSI grade 1 bolts (US$43). I spent last night installing it. I really like the SmartKey feature. I re-keyed both the knob and deadbolt locks to work with my existing keys in about one minute. Neat feature!
The other feature I like is the BumpGuard protection. Bumping
is a method of picking a lock that takes SECONDS and leaves no indication behind that your lock was picked. That means when you go to make your insurance claim, they might not pay or make it harder for you to get your claim processed since you can't prove that your house was actually broken in to.
Bumping is not a new thing to me as I watched a Black Hat
conference video several years ago on it. It works on almost any pin and tumbler lock. Ever since that time I have been a bit nervous and have been playing the odds - there are a lot of houses in my neighborhood, what are the chances mine will get robbed? I have been waiting for someone to produce a lock that protects against this and now I am happy to have one.
I was not compensated nor paid for this endorsement... I am just happy with my new door locks... and the fact that my screen door will now latch simply by closing it. I used to have to turn the knob.