| submitted by /u/Mister_Maintenance
Lockpicks have been available to the general public forever, and it’s not like you come across a bunch of break-ins where the lock was picked. Thieves gonna steal, securitys gonna secure and the cycle goes on forever. I’d like to see some idiot use one of these cheap knock offs to pick a 4-track HS keyway. That said, this is one good reason for states to regulate locksmiths. If you find this in someone’s possession, outside of their home and w/o a license, there should be legal consequences.
I went to do an open up at an office building downtown. It was a wesier smart key entry knob, the guy had locked his keys in his office. I could see the latch pretty clearly, so I decided to slide the latch. Just as I was about to start, the customer said “what are you doing? Why don’t you use your master key” It’s always hard not to laugh in that situation. So I told him we don’t have master keys for every single door in the city. He said that if he knew I was going to slide the latch, he would’ve just done it himself, so I started to pack up my tools and I said “okay, I guess you don’t need me then” and I left. About an hour later he called back, still locked out, I returned to find some pretty serious scratches and damage to the wood frame. I pulled out my tools and had it open in 30 seconds.
Sad part is, the customer will be none the wiser. All they care is that the job done and they can sign off on it. So what if in a few months it comes apart, or gets caught on something and gets yanked out. Sure, maybe the locksmith gets to make a few more bucks on a repair… or maybe what it is is an incompetent job and a waste of money, time, and effort by everyone involved.