When lockpicking comes up in polite conversation in my life, as it often does, there is a common theme of disbelief. This disbelief is not of astonishment (I wish!), but of misunderstanding. Something like, “I can’t believe that anyone would learn to pick locks as a hobby. Sure, they might say that, but there’s something else going on.”
And, yes, for me it’s a component of work, but to say that it’s either because you’re a “bad guy” or protecting the world from “bad guys” (or mindless lockouts) is both narrow in sight and completely removes the majority of security enthusiasts, but to make my point, we need an example that could be the gold-standard of examples.

Let’s call it “That One Awesome Time my Girlfriend (through no fault of her own) was Locked Out of her Car.”

No, this is not a stereotypical story about an absent-minded girlfriend helplessly being locked out of her car and calling on a “knight in shining armor” to rescue her. This is a story about the highly skilled woman that I’ve been in a relationship with for more than half a decade and her radical self-reliance when it comes to cars, locks, and life! So buckle up!

The story begins with both of us on a trip to the desert for a week. While we were away she had scheduled some maintenance on her car at a shop. This shop will be the center of the conflict. Now, here’s the setup: We are both being driven back by a friend that was on the trip with us, and several other people, she has work early the next morning, the time is 4:15 PM (45 minutes before the auto shop closes), and the kicker: the auto shop has her keys.

Normally, none of this would be a problem, but when she is dropped off at the auto shop at 4:15… it’s closed. No holiday. No phone call. No reason. Just wanted to close early. With the car locked, the keys inside the shop office, and a dead cell phone, normally this would be a problem. Not for my girlfriend! Knowing that she had a spare set of keys not 5 feet inside her front door, she had a second option: break into her own apartment, get the second key to her car, head back to the auto shop, “borrow” the car off the lot, and be at work on time at 7AM (an hour before this particular auto shop opens).

She walks the 5 blocks to her address, around the corner, through the parking lot, up the stairs, and to the door. Now, normally we would have a problem here, with the auto shop having her keys, but my girlfriend, incredibly prepared as she is, pulls out her “emergency” pocket pick set and a quick 30 seconds in front of the door handle and another 2 minutes on the deadbolt and she’s in with her keys headed back to the shop to be on time and stress free for work tomorrow.

There are few things that I can say about the situations that require lockpicks and skills with much certainty. But one that I have a strong conviction about is that They will come when you least expect them and won’t have time to prepare. Therefore you must already be prepared. My girlfriend prepared herself 3 years before when she learned to pick locks and got herself a kit, 2 years before when she got herself an “emergency kit,” 1 year before when she practiced on her own front door to know the imprint, and 7 days before when she threw her pocket pick set into her bag “just in case.” Here at Lockpicking.com we will teach you the skills, we can get you the set, we can give you the practice, the only thing we can’t do is throw it in your bag… but we’re working on it.

-Nick Fedoroff
Professional Magician
Lockpicking.com