One of the most common (and easiest to pick) locks is the pin-and-tumbler, which is a type of cylinder lock. Cylinder locks are used in most deadbolts. When picking a pin-and-tumbler lock, put the tension wrench in the keyhole and turn it as if it was a key.
The hook pick is what people usually think of when they think of a lockpick. It's the most basic kind of pick, and works by lifting individual pins into the correct position one at a time.
That doesn't sound too secure, does it? Of course, people breaking into your home aren't likely to have keys, but the fact that the locks are so standardized makes them very easy to pick or bump. Once you learn how to pick a lock, you can pick pretty much any standard lock you come across.
As a general rule, the more room that you have to maneuver your tools in a keyway, the easier that lock will be to pick. As we can guess, small locks and tiny keyways make things harder for us.
Each key has a complex rounded shape, this coupled with the magnetic element makes it an extremely hard lock to pick. The only way to gain access to the door would be for the key to be cloned, and in that case, a master locksmith would need to get their hands on the original key.
Time is money, so the only picking that is done is that which is profitable and worth it. Not all locksmiths do lockouts either, and some locksmiths would never get the opportunity to pick locks, so the only way they would get to do it is if they did it on their own for practice or fun.
Pick-resistant locks have an extra set of tumblers or locking apparatus so that, in effect, the key has to do two things at once. Because of their resistance to manipulation, these locks are also resistant to key bumping. One of the most popular pick-resistant locks is the Medeco.
Dimple locks are basically pin-cylinders that use the flat side of the key's blade as the biting area. So rather than cutting into the edge of the key as in a standard pin-cylinder, dimple locks turn the key ninety degrees and cut onto the flat side.
When executed correctly, lock bumping is effective in nearly 90 percent of all cylinder-type locks produced today. Perhaps one of the most disconcerting aspects of lock bumping is that it can often go undetected, which means that your home can be broken into without any signs of forced entry.
Ball pick. The ball pick is similar to the half-diamond pick, except the end of the pick has a half or full circle shape. This pick is commonly used to open wafer locks.
Also in the non-forced entry category, there is no doubt Schlage is better. With a better, more precise manufacturing process and 2 additional security pins than the Kwikset deadbolt, Schlage locks are significantly harder to pick, bump or compromise in non-destructive ways.
ABUS Granit™: one of the world's most secure padlocks with a tensile resistance of over six tonnes. Granit locks have a tensile resistance of over six tonnes, making it almost impossible for attackers to release the shackle from the lock body by force.
Yes, it is possible to pick a Kwikset lock using different kinds of tools. According to the data, Kwikset locks had been picked in less than 2 percent of lock-picking attempts while a schlage lock had been picked over 78 percent of lock-picking attempts.
The bobby pins will serve as a pick and a lever so you can successfully open the door. In choosing the bobby pins, make that they are sturdy so that they won't break once you start picking the lock. The size of the bobby pins will also depend on the size of your lock.
Hit the key into the lock lightly to "bump" it open.
Hold a small hammer, the back of a screwdriver, or another mallet-like object in the hand not holding the key. Hit the key straight in the direction of the lock, bumping it several times while still rotating the key slightly.
The HYT Chain Key
Just as the name suggests, this lock has a loose chain injected into the lock. The keyway has a curve which is designed in such a way that it makes lock picking difficult using standard locks. Therefore, you have to use the original key to be able to open a door locked using this unpickable lock.
As mentioned, smart locks without keyholes can't be picked, while those with keyholes are vulnerable to picking. On the other hand, traditional locks are keyhole based locks, meaning they're exposed to lock picking.
It can take anywhere from 7 seconds to 45 minutes for a locksmith to pick open a lock. Generally a locksmith should be able to unlock most doors in about 10 minutes. Of course this is effected by the type of lock.
It's quite easy to pick a deadbolt lock. In fact, you would want to replace all your key locks with electronic ones when you discover how simple it is. This doesn't mean that picking a deadbolt lock does not require skills or practice – it still does – but the technique is so easy that anybody can learn it.
For those interested in lock-picking but not necessarily a locksmith career, experimenting with lock-picking tools within your own home is technically legal. But is it a risk worth taking? If you're found with these tools at the wrong time in the wrong place, the consequences could be severe.