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As a hobby locksmith, I like knowing how to pick locks, and have learned to do so, and found adequate legal tools from professional vendors.

I have actually found lock picking useful for both getting into my own home when keys were forgotten, as well as getting through office doors and file cabinets around work for those that inherit cubes with missing keys.

Thank you for the reminder as to why I put primus locks on my customers house. It's because I felt the need for unpickable or nearly unpickable locks.

I was at a lockpick shop in Columbus yesterday and they had lockpicks. They weren't the nicest but they were still lock picks. Anyway I´ll be tsting them on my customers locks.
Unless you are a locksmith you are technically not allowed to have such lock picking tools. In NY state owning lock pick tools other than a locksmith is a Class A Misdemeanor.
I've occasionally been able to get into non-dead-bolt locked doors with a slim jim.

Anyone skilled enough to pick the locks on my house would also probably know that it would be a lot faster to just pick up a wrought-iron chair off my front porch and throw it through a window! ;-)
  Again It should be mentioned that a lot of states forbid possession of picking tools without being registered as a locksmith.  
Locksmiths define lock picking as the manipulation of a lock's components to open a lock without a key. To understand lock picking, then, you first have to know how locks and keys work.
For everyone here who is actually in the professional locksmithing trade, what do you do when you are called out on a lockout call and once you have arrived find out that the lock giving the customer a bad day with a high security lock such as Medeco, Mul-T-Lock or Scorpion? Do the professionals actually attempt to pick the lock or do you look for an alternative NDE method or do you usually have to refer the work somewhere else (is there anywhere else to turn to?)?
Sometimes, if the customers keys where inside the cylinder i would brake the lock without damaging the cylinder, but if i have to drill the cylinder i would put a temporary cylinder in and organize a replacment, but drilling should be a last resort.
The big secret of lock picking is that it's simple and easy. Anyone can learn how to pick different types of locks.

The exercises are very essential and important. The only way to learn how to know and exploit the defects in a lock is to practice, at least with so-called training cylinders. This means practicing many times on the same lock as well as practicing on many different types of locks. Anyone can learn how to open filing cabinet and desk locks, but the ability to open most locks in under thirty seconds is pure skill that requires practice.

The theory of lock picking is the theory of exploiting mechanical defects. There are some basic concepts and definitions but the bulk of the material consists of tricks for opening locks with particular defects or characteristics. There is no way to learn lock picking without practicing.

It is also worth pointing out that lock picking is just one way to bypass a lock, though it does cause less damage than brute force techniques. In fact, it may be easier to bypass the bolt mechanism than to bypass the lock. It may also easier to bypass some other part of the door or even avoid the door entirely. Rememer: There is always another way, usually a better one...and that is to call your local Locksmith who will do the job in a jiffy!!!

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