Lockpicking. Useful or not?

Discussion in 'Other Advanced Survival Skills' started by Correy, Jun 5, 2016.

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  1. Correy

    Correy Expert Member
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    I was reading this article: http://besurvival.com/guides/urban-survival-shtf-how-to-pick-a-lock and I was thinking that this is actually quite handy. It takes some real skill and practice to actually be able to open locks on the fly, but then again if all hell breaks loose then chances are most doors won't be open for our convenience.

    Now, I do not condone burglary and I understand that this isn't Fallout 4 or Skyrim , so opening locked doors might get one into more trouble that they can handle...something about curious cats and all.

    How about you? If you had the time for it, would you take the time to learn it?
     
  2. FuZyOn

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    I've been a survivor for a few years now and I never needed lockpicking, although this is a "skill" that I would much rather have and not use than vice versa, it's not even that hard to get the basics down. A survivalist needs to have a wide variety of skills, ranging from hunting to fishing to shelther building all the way down to lockpicking and outdoor reflexes. I would definitely take the time to learn it.
     
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  3. franky

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    I agree with @FuZyOn that a survivor should have a wide variety of skills and lock picking is definitely one of them, inf cat it is one of the skills that is actually quite often associated with survivors. Lock picking modern and advanced locks is a pretty hard skill to learn, but most doors you will find in the wild and while surviving are going to have quite old and easy-to-break locks. It is not an easy skill to acquire, but with some practice it can be achieved in short time. And yes, I also do not support burglary, but sometimes your life can depend on it or you could just need a place to spend a night at and don't actually steal anything.
     
  4. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist
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    In reality picking locks takes time unlike in the movies
    I have two lock picking sets one is a bunch of fiddly little bits!
    The other is a 12lb hammer

    The hammer is sooo much quicker.
     
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  5. John Snort

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    I too would prefer brute force when forcing doors open in a survival situation. It could be either that or you spend too much trying to pick a lock and probably fail. Nonetheless it's something worth learning. If you don't have the tools to break down a door then you'll need other ways to get doors open.

    I did try learning how to make emergency duplicate keys using a tin can but failed miserably. It's something I ought to try again.
     
  6. Tom Williams

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    Lock picking is a skill padlocks use bolt cutters to cut them off. Key locks drill tumblers out quick in and out most doors can be popped open with a crow bar
     
  7. Lisa Davis

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    I have learned this skill for non-criminal emergency purposes. I am very prone to locking myself out of the house or my significant other has locked the deadbolt on me a few times when I have forgotten my keys and then fallen asleep. I will tell you that some deadbolts are way easier to pick than others, but most can be done with two bobby pins. There are tons of youtube videos that show how to do it, but it takes real practice to actually get the hang of it. There is another way to unlock a door that automatically locks when you shut it and can only be unlocked by turning the knob on the other side of the door. Here's a link to the instructions on how to do it: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-open-a-locked-door-the-Macgyver-way/. It's a pretty cool method that I would have never thought of myself. I tried it. It was tricky, but not terribly hard. It did work though!
     
  8. jonthai

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    Not at all. It doesn't make sense learning something when you can't use it.I mean, I can only see it being used to practice if for some chance I get stuck in a place, or I need to break into my own house.Besides, it's not something that captures my attention, and I don't see myself using it for anything.
     
  9. lonewolf

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    more of an urban skill, out here in the countryside most locks will be of the chain and padlock variety and a pair of boltcutters will suffice for that.
     
  10. Kev Brown

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    I think it's always good to learn new skills. In this case though learning which tools can bypass strong locks will be more useful in reality. In most serious survival situations damaging the lock won't be a problem.
     
  11. lonewolf

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    I wouldn't encourage any lock picking in a normal rule of law every day life, if your going to learn it as a business as say a locksmith then that's different.
    post apocalypse its not going to matter much if you damage the lock or smash the door down.
     
  12. MKprepper

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    Crobar
     
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  13. Aleksi

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    To me, lock picking is extremely useful. However, out in the wild lock picking is kind of useless. I think lockpicking is something that everybody in there life should learn to do. This article is kind of small, I apologize.
     
  14. Maria_C

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    It is worth learning. I have been in a situation whereby I locked myself outside with only a casual dressing I couldn't walk around with. And the worst part is all my keys are inside, my phone also inside. I even heard my phone ringing a couple of times. I spent more than three hours outside. At last it was a neighbor that got my door open. Now about lock picking and learning about it, there are tons of lock picks for sale on Amazon, one can learn single-handedly with the help of tutorial videos from youtube. Note, check your countries regulations, some places forbid such and may earn you some fines or jail term if care is not taken.
     
  15. greymanila

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    I have two sets of lock picks. One with a lot of tiny tools, and the other is a heavy crowbar. I keep the crowbar near our fire exit(which has a padlock), just in case I can't seem to use the key.
     
  16. lonewolf

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    lockpicking is okay if you expect to be in an urban environment post SHTF, in the countryside a decent boltcropper is best.
     
  17. Deathisue

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    May be, is a skill more of thieves and raiders but can be useful in certain circumstances, those who learn to survive must develop many skills and that is rarely used, but just in case is better to learn than suffer for that later even if is very hard to mastered.
     
  18. Corzhens

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    There were several times that we were locked out of our bedroom usually forgetting the key. Now, we hide the bedroom key in a safe place in the living room. Knowing how to pick lock would be handy in those cases but lockpicking here is exclusive for the criminals. And even if you use your skill for the benefit of people - like those forgetful couple who is locked our of their home - you may be suspected of being connected to criminals.
     
  19. GS AutoTech

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    I have a pick set & a good understanding of common locks. I've had success with quite a few locks. It does take time, it's no walk in the park. It's fun to exercise your dexterity.
    Any skill you can learn is good as long as your using it for good.
    Sledge hammer or bolt cutters are much faster.
     
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