The Art of Lockpicking: A Locksmith’s Tool of the Trade

Although the word lock-picking rarely evokes an image of artistic expression, in its own unique way it is an art form of the highest order. Every locksmith must know how to do this in order to be effective. The lock pin pattern must be analyzed in order to do what the words imply; namely, open a door without having the proper key made for that specific lock.

The easiest way to pick a lock is to bypass it by using a drill, padlock shim or bolt cutters. Care must be taken however, because often locks are connected to alarm systems ,which may transport you to another locking system you won’t be able to drill your way so easily out of. 

You can buy lock pick kits online and there are as many different sets as there are variations of locks. The problem with these kits is that law varies in many states with regard to their legality. In most states, picks are legal and the state must prove criminal intent, but in others, the possession of these kits is considered a presumption of guilt.

The most common locks used in America today are pin-tumbler and/or wafer locks and the process of picking them is accomplished by manipulating the two sets of pins to separate so that the cylinder will turn. To be a successful lock picker, you need to practice manipulating the two sets of pins so that they line up.

Picking a lock is not as easy as it looks on television, and like anything else in life, practice makes perfect.

Happy lock picking to all and to all a….legal night.

Posted by M Dee Dubroff, on May 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM