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Lockpicking A Skill Worth Investing In

A skill many people shy away from is the ability to pick a lock. “That is the skill of a criminal,” one might say. But think about that for a moment, why are they picking locks to begin with? To gain access to an area they were barred from. Okay, now insert yourself in that situation, but instead it is your car that is locked. Now it does not seem like so much of a crime as it does knowing how to unlock your car or house without draining the resources of a police officer or business.

Think of having the skill akin to an individual knowing how to whittle wood. There are whole communities around enjoying the skill, sharing their experience and having integrity among the group comes first and foremost. It is like people sharing their artwork or like a challenge.


It is just old-fashioned bias that lock-picking is only for those looking to commit a crime. Here, you will read why that is a silly idea and how mastering the skill can help you out of a serious bind.

What to Understand First

Picking locks is typically done with practice locks. People are not going around picking strangers locks for practice. Whole sets are sold specifically as practice locks. Which leads to the next caveat.

You are not learning this skill to pick a neighbor’s house. This is a hobby; not an induction into a crime syndicate. That includes locks currently in use, but if you are in the business of helping people get into their house or car or you have a friend that needs help with their legally owned locks, then have at it. Do not move forward with lock-picking if you can’t adhere to those rules.

Helping Yourself

The best application for learning to pick a lock is, of course, to help yourself when you are in a bind. If you lock yourself out of your house or your car, and you need to get to work, you can’t stick around and wait for someone else to come help you.

Serious masters of lock go on to start their own business. In fact, the locksmith industry has seen growth that past half a decade. Employees have gone up by 1.2 percent while locksmith businesses have shot up by 2 percent. Its market was pushing $2 billion back in 2018.

What are Auto Jigglers?

You can also invest in auto jigglers. Auto jigglers are handy tools that even professionals use to match a lock as close as possible. They insert the key that closely matches and, like its namesake, jiggle the key until it is locked no longer. However, you still need to use a practice lock.

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