Just how hard are some locks to break into? Lock picking requires both technical knowledge and a little artistry. Please read more below to learn more about this specialist profession.
Being a locksmith requires careful movements, a ton of patience, and some trial and error.
Some locks are trivial to pick and some are much more difficult. Any form of physical security is likely to have some vulnerability.
However, there are some locks that are confusing, frustrating, or just not worth trying to pick.
What Makes an Unpickable Lock?
Cheap, standard locks are easy to pick or to ‘bump’ open. More modern locks use innovations to make these techniques impractical to perform.
You can reduce the risk of your lock being bumped open by using a lock that has an unusually shaped keyhole.
This means that any burglar or thief would need to take a photo of the lock and find the right shape of key, or try multiple keys in the lock.
This increases the likelihood of them getting caught. Even locks that are hard to bump can be picked, in many cases.
If the lock is a “keyways with pin tumbler” lock, then it is highly likely that it will be pickable eventually.
Security Through Complexity
Some lock manufacturers make incredibly complex locks that are hard to pick. Forever Lock is one example of this.
This company touted their locks as being unpickable, but this attracted the attention of locksmiths and lockpicking enthusiasts everywhere.
Eventually, people started making bump keys and producing videos showing how to bypass the lock.
The closest you can get to unpickable is something like the HYT Chain Key, which is a bendy key that confounds standard lockpicking tools.
The downside to this is the delicate nature of the key. This is not a practical device for day to day use.
Alternatively, there are keys with built-in magnets, which are hard to copy because of the shape of the key and the unusual size and shape of the magnets.
Magnetic locks are not unbeatable. In theory, if an intruder can gain access to the key they can dupe it and make a second working key for the lock.
However, they are more secure than a standard tumbler system.
A third option is a key with an unusual shape. There’s no written rule which says that keys have to be long and thin and slide into a lock.
The system that we use today is actually something that was developed by the ancient Egyptians (although some of their keys were around two feet long!).
All we have done is reduce the size of the keys and made them out of tougher materials.
There are some oddly shaped keys where the pins face outwards rather than downwards on the keys.
These are impractical to pick because it is hard to maintain tension on each pin while you pick the lock.
These lock designs are rare enough that finding ‘blanks’ isn’t something you can do by walking into a local hardware store.
Even so, it’s not impossible to bypass such a lock, but it is difficult enough that most people won’t bother.
Choosing a Lock
If you are looking for a high-security lock, pick one that does not rely on a common key type, and that is bump-resistant.
This will help you to keep your property secure. Remember there is no such thing as perfect security.
However, if you are protecting a home or office you can make your property secure enough that most people won’t want to bother with it.
For most premises, that’s enough.
If you need a residential locksmith specialist or an automotive locksmith, make sure you contact Solid Lock Locksmith where you will get a master locksmith.
We have decades of experience operating in Melbourne and have a well-earned reputation for getting the job done properly and swiftly.