If you have ever watched a crime movie or TV series, then you probably have seen just how easy it is to pick a lock: the person just inserts a thin wire into the lock hole, twists it around a bit, and the lock pops open. While lock picking is a bit more complicated than just jimmying a wire around, it is a lot easier than what most people are comfortable with. The locks which are supposed to keep us safe from intruders can easily be bypassed.
Locksmiths would define lock picking as a way of manipulating the various parts of a lock so it can be opened without a key. For a person to be able to efficiently pick a lock then, that person must have a good knowledge of how locks are constructed and how they work. Today’s locks come in a wide variety of designs with some being very simple and others having multiple layers of tumblers which all must be in precise formation in order for the lock to open.
The most common type of lock for residential use is a cylinder lock. It works by inserting a key into a barrel (the cylinder) and, when the key is turned, the locking mechanism is turned in one direction. Only a certain key can open the lock; the key’s grooves must align with pins and tumblers within the lock’s cylinder. Once all the pins and tumblers are in alignment with the key, then the locking mechanism will open so the latch can be turned in one direction or the other for locking/unlocking. When the wrong key is inserted, the pins cause the lock to jam up so it cannot be opened.
Pin and tumbler cylinder locks are generally the easiest to pick and even a novice locksmith Indianapolis can open them quickly. In some cases, a paper clip can even open these locks just by pushing the pins upwards so the cylinder is in unlocked formation.
Locksmiths generally only need two tools to pick a lock: a pick (a long slim piece of metal or wire which curves upwards at the end) and a tension wrench (functions like a key but doesn’t have any grooves). The locksmith will put the pick into the lock to push the pins and tumblers into formation. Then he will put the tension wrench into the lock to turn the lock open. Another way that Indianapolis locksmiths can pick a lock is raking. With this method, a pick is inserted into the depths of the lock’s cylinder and then quickly removed while the lock is pushed into open formation. As the pick is removed, the pins inside can bounce into open formation. This method of lock picking is not very precise and best residential locksmith Indianapolis do not use it.
Other types of locks are much more difficult to pick, such as tubular locks. Tubular locks have pins and tumblers surrounding their interiors so it is much more difficult for a single pick to push them all into alignment. A locksmith will be able to give you advice on which locks are best for preventing home invasions.