The above video may be among the most disquieting 4 minutes of your day.
Home burglaries are on the rise and many burglars are using a lock-picking technique called “Lock Bumping” to enter into homes. Using a special key and a hammer-like tool, pin-tumbler locks can be “broken” in less than a second, according to NBC‘s The Today Show, 95 percent of U.S. homes are “protected” by such locks.
In the video, you can see how it’s done first-hand. After the video, you’ll probably want to start looking for new locks for doors.
Now, replacing locks can be a do-it-yourself project, but you may want to leave it to a professional. Rather than searching the Yellow Pages for a locksmith, however, consider using Angie’s List instead — the site features an unbiased “customer review” section that you can’t get from the phone book.
If you’ve never used Angie’s List, note that it does require a membership fee, but annual and multi-year memberships come with a 110% Money-Back Guarantee. If the service isn’t everything you hoped, there’s very little risk.