Whether you get locked outside of your car or your home, learning how to pick a lock is a valuable skill, but it can land you in some pretty serious legal trouble if you’re doing it to something you don’t own. People have created some pretty innovative ways to pick locks, including an Arduino computer that can crack a combination lock in under thirty seconds, features on Hackaday. A skilled locksmith can crack most locks either by brute forcing it open with bolt cutters or a hammer or using a tension wrench and pick to get the lock to pop open.
We spoke to Shaun from Xtreme Locksmiths (Liverpool, Sydney) about lockpicking, “It’s actually not all that hard to learn, provided you have the time to learn by trial and error,” Shaun explained, “There are a lot of hobbyists out there who pick locks for fun, but we use a wide variety of tools as professional locksmiths in order to get our customers back in their cars or property quickly so they can focus on getting back on track after losing time. We use a variety of different tools and methods depending on the lock, and we can pop just about anything open.”
If you’re considering a career in locksmithing or you’d just like to learn a little bit more about locks from a hobbyist’s perspective, there are plenty of tutorials out there on YouTube that can teach you some of the basics (or you could always sign up for a full apprenticeship program with a licensed locksmith). If you’re locked out of your home or business, maybe it’s time to call a locksmith instead of hoping to pop a lock in 30 seconds with little to no experience working with the tools needed to get it open. There are plenty of excellent locksmiths in the country, so check your local reviews if you’re ever in need of their services.