Guide To Lock Picking

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The average guide to lock picking will feature all the basic information you need. You can learn the basics of pin-tumbler locks, wafer tumblers, tubular locks, and a variety of other devices with any introductory manual. You'll also get the skinny on various types of lock picks and tension wrenches, as well as some detail about specialty paraphernalia. Much of this is designed to appeal to the amateur detective in us, but much of it as also useful in a hands-on way.

If you're seeking ways to break bank vaults or your neighbor's safe, a guide to lock picking won't be of much help. For one thing, no banks use such easily defeatable security measures. For another, the information is meant to introduce you to the principles behind lock picking. No mainstream or widely published book will concentrate on subterfuge or deception in conjunction with lock picking, though the trade can certainly be applied to these ends. Just bear in mind that there are stiff penalties for breaking and entering (or worse).

What You Will Find in Your Guide to Lock Picking

Your lock picking book will likely give you background on the history of locks as well as early methods used to best them. It may also feature chapters such as "How To Become a Locksmith" or "Careers That Require Lock Picking Skills." While most folks think of cat burglars and car thieves when they picture lock pickers, there are plenty of "legitimate" fields--security work, property management, law enforcement--that demand these same skills. A guide to lock picking can be helpful in exposing newcomers to each of these endeavors.

Not all books will cater to budding professionals. In fact, most are written for the layperson who simply wishes to learn more about an otherwise mysterious world. The work that locksmiths do tends to be shrouded in curiosity, largely because locksmiths themselves are eager to keep their secrets safe. If they didn't, the industry would be saturated with hackers looking to turn a quick buck, thereby driving the real craftsmen out of business.


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