Writing Authentically Without Becoming a Crook: Lockpicks


Pin and tumbler lock picking

Pin and tumbler lock picking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am inordinately proud of myself. I just picked two padlocks with a bobby pin and a mini-screwdriver. It’s really amazing what you can learn off the Internet…

For those of you who write mysteries or adventures or anything else that involves breaking and entering and picking locks, I have a gold mine for you. I found it this morning through Pinterest, and I now feel somewhat akin to MacGyver because of all my newfound action hero knowledge. This site(which appears to be run by highly paranoid individuals–but I don’t mind since they’re incredibly smart paranoid individuals) has tutorials and videos on everything from picking your way out of handcuffs to lockpicking 101 to lockpick forensics to the various types of lockpicks. Hey, you can even buy lockpicks from there (*cough* Christmas is coming…*cough*). Anyways, I was really happy with the site because my characters tend to pick locks quite a lot–but I haven’t the slightest clue how outside of knowing a little of the terminology and the basic “listen for tumblers and pins”. Until today. Here are the links!

Lock Pick Types

Lock Picking Forensics

How To Get Out of Handcuffs

Lock Picking 101

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7 thoughts on “Writing Authentically Without Becoming a Crook: Lockpicks

  1. Prilla

    I learned how to pick locks several years ago… Never knew it would come in handy one day! XD

    • How exactly did you learn to pick locks, anyhow? I know all about your experiences with having to use the skills, but not how you acquired them. XD

  2. Prilla

    Nancy Drew. One of the computer games taught me how to do it, and so I tried it out in real life and found that it worked. XD

    • Wow…Totally not something you expect. XD
      So. It appears you were the first person after 1,000. Would you be interested in doing a post on art or Pixar or something as a guest post?

      • Prilla

        DARN YOU! Now I have to think of something equally brilliant to your amazing posts for you to post… And I don’t even write!!!

      • Well, you don’t have to…It just might be good advertising for your art.

  3. Prilla

    *sigh* Email me…

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