Several years ago I was bored and purchased a set of lockpicks for my own amusement. I was quickly horrified by just how easy it was for me, with no skill, to go through the locks on my apartment, my former dorm room, my office, etc. It was simple, with no mechanical aptitude required for the majority of locks. Ironically, the most trouble I’ve ever had was with crappy filing cabinet locks.
Now, I’ve learned another way to get through a lock. I haven’t tried it, but I don’t need to to know that it works. It’s so simple, i’m depressed. It’s called Lock Bumping, and you can read about it here.
Simply enough, you file an existing key, or key blank, so the pins in the tumbler are sitting at their lowest setting, then you bump the angles on the key against the pins which sends the topmost portion up into the lock just like a set of billiard balls. If you’re putting the right force on the key, an dyou’re turning it correctly, Voila!, the lock is open.
It’s too easy. I’m going to go buy myself a rabid dog.