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(SFGate)   You are the mayor of a city besiged by crime. Do you: advertise a class on lockpicking in your weekly newsletter   ( divider line
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2013-03-02 08:38:52 PM  
2 votes:
For f*ck's sake not only is this a repeat, it's still stupid.

Lockpicking classes are not something that actual thieves or burglars take. They are typically hobbyist-oriented affairs that allow people who are interested in problem solving and the actual mechanics of modern locks take.  Any criminal that bothered to take a lockpicking class would realize that picking a lock is absolutely never the fastest, best or more sensible way to bypass a lock.

Those methods are typically referred to as "a hammer" or "bolt cutters".
2013-03-03 06:31:53 AM  
1 vote: Criminals don't pick locks. Lockpicking is a skill that taks time and effort to learn. The average break-and-enter is a crime of opportunity (a window near the door, they notice you are on vacation, etc).
2013-03-03 03:09:04 AM  
1 vote:

TheGogmagog: I just got a lockpick set for Christmas. Finally got around to working on a file cabinet that I lost the key for. Didn't have any luck. But only gave it a half hearted attempt. I'd appreciate any suggestions or links that wouldn't come up in a simple web search (or terms to search for)

TOOOL rocks, and they maintain high ethical standards, not the least of which is that you only pick locks that you, personally, own. If it's your filing cabinet, start here (TOOOL's own presentations) or read this (PDF warning, this was the document from the 90s that helped popularize locksport in the US), and keep trying. If you're still stuck, find a local chapter or attend a Lockpick Village the next time your local hackerspace or other nerdy gathering happens, and play with some locks. With a little patience and persistence, anyone, even a child, can do it.

Like any other skill requiring fine motor control, it'll take a while, but unless you have a very expensive filing cabinet, we're talking about an hour or two, not years. When, not if, you get the cabinet open, use a pair of pliers to take the lock off the cabinet and pick it a few more times. The basic idea is a lot easier to pick up when you have the cylinder in your hand. Rekey the lock by swapping the driver pins around and pick it again. It's fun.

Or did you you just want to open the damn thing?

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Go to your local hardware store and get a tungsten step drill and a replacement lock. Put a few drops of oil on the bit, and 30 seconds with any battery-powered drill will do the trick. It's more fun (and takes longer) than bumping the lock, but it's nowhere near as much fun as doing it the hard way. You've already got the tools for the job: your picks, and your brain.
2013-03-02 11:59:16 PM  
1 vote:

TheGogmagog: I just got a lockpick set for Christmas. Finally got around to working on a file cabinet that I lost the key for. Didn't have any luck. But only gave it a half hearted attempt. I'd appreciate any suggestions or links that wouldn't come up in a simple web search (or terms to search for)

Put the flat end of a half diamond up against the pins push them up and count them. Do that again with your tension wrench in and give it some heavy pressure. Slowly let up pressure on the wrench til you hear all of the pins click. Now you know how many pins you have and how much tension to put on the plug. Play around with single pin picking before going for the rake. I like the short hook, but the half diamond seems to be the pick of choice for most people.
2013-03-02 10:32:24 PM  
1 vote:
While a burglar might try a bump key or perhaps a rake, they are unlikely to use any pick requiring a class.  If it takes much longer than about 10 seconds (quickly enough to look like a legit key to a passerby), they are more likely to just break a window, use a crowbar or similar.  Fiddling with a lock for a couple minutes will get them caught.

If breaking a window gets them in and out more quickly, that's what they'll do.  They don't care about people realizing that they broke in.  If they are gone before anyone notices, it doesn't matter.

Picking a complicated lock the hard way is almost like meditation.  You have to relax, focus on the lock and be in complete control of very tiny movements.  Too much tension and you'll just bind all of the cylinders.  Too little and they'll all snap loose.  That's not something the common criminal wants to deal with.
2013-03-02 09:52:54 PM  
1 vote:
Hey I'm a frumpy stay at home mom, and I would totally take that class. Sounds fun.
2013-03-02 09:11:19 PM  
1 vote:
Ranked-choice voting put this clown in office. She was almost nobody's first choice, and few people's second choice, but by process of elimination, she beat the two front-runners. She never expected to actually win, has been in way over her head from Day 1, and at least half the fiascos that have landed Oakland in the news in the last few years can be laid squarely at her feet.

Oakland's 2010 Mayoral election is Exhibit A in why ranked-choice voting, while a significant money-saver in races with multiple candidates, is a really bad idea.

I'd say I can't wait until 2014, but unless ranked-choice is jettisoned (or voters learn how to properly game it by voting only for 1 or 2 candidates instead of 3), there's a better-than-even chance we'll end up with someone just as unqualified and unprepared next time too.

When voters here approved ranked-choice voting, they didn't understand what they were getting themselves into.
2013-03-02 08:30:23 PM  
1 vote:
What a TOOOL
2013-03-02 07:49:26 PM  
1 vote:
What if the criminals are going around locking everything up?
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