Lockpicking: A Skill Worth Developing
By Adelia Ladson
When you are looking for skills to add to your tool box of knowledge, lockpicking is definitely worth developing. We’ve all used a padlock at one time or another to secure things and the keys are always small and easy to misplace. It’s really a pain and a waste of a good lock if you have to cut it off. Just having the basics in lockpicking under your belt can save you time and money.
Where Do I Start?
The first place to start is to collect resources that will give you information and instruction. There are online tutorials and reference books out there that you can learn from. One source that I really like is "A Beginner's Guide To Lockpicking", which is a simplified folding guide to the basics of lockpicking. It includes sections on common lockpicking tools, different types of locks and detailed illustrations with easy-to-follow instructions. It gives you a great start on understanding how locks work. The beauty of this guide is that it can be used for reference wherever you are since it's so compact that it will easily fit in your back pocket or bug-out bag.
Practice Makes Perfect
As with any new skill that you're learning and developing, you need to practice, practice, practice! This is especially true of lockpicking, which really uses your fine motor skills and your patience. It's definitely not as easy as movies and television shows make it look.
The best way to learn and practice lockpicking is with a set like the Secure Pro Practice Lock And Lock Pick Kit. The practice padlock, included in the set, is completely transparent so that you can see the inner workings of a standard pin lock. This allows you to better understand the way it works and what you're doing when you're attempting to pick it. There are 15 different lockpicking tools in the set and some simple, straightforward instructions. If you find yourself hopelessly "locked out" of your practice lock, there are also two master keys. A faux leather pouch, with a snap, holds the set of lockpicks so that you can take them wherever you need them. If you already have a set of lockpicking tools, you can get just the Secure Pro Clear Practice Padlock by itself.
Whether you're a beginning lock picker or a veteran locksmith, it's important to practice so that you can learn and hone your skills. When you're a beginner, a practice padlock is important because it offers a chance at trial-and-error with no problematic consequences before you tackle the genuine article.
Have The Right Tools
When you're in a situation where you absolutely need to put your lockpicking skills to work, it's essential to have all of the right tools that you need. Whether you're locked out of your car, your house or your storage unit, there's a tool for the job and you have to have it with you to get the job done. Here are a couple of products that are great to have in your hands when you're locked out!
Secure Pro 33-Piece Lock Picking Set
The one kit that has all of the right tools for whatever lock you need to pick is the Secure Pro 33-Piece Lock Picking Set. Each of the tools is rust-resistant stainless steel and the set includes a variety of warded picks, torsion wrenches and hook picks. A zippered, faux leather case with fold-out tool compartments for easy access securely holds the entire set of 33 tools.
Secure Pro Auto Jigglers
Locking yourself out of your car is a real pain! It always happens at the worst possible time. However, if you have the Secure Pro Auto Jigglers Car Door Openers, you'll never have to worry about it. What you're getting is a set of tools, on a keyring, that will unlock a variety of late-model and older vehicles - both domestic and foreign. These tempered 301 stainless steel auto jigglers are the same tools that are used by many locksmiths.