For all of us, the one thing that stands between our loved ones and valuables is most often just a good solid set of locks on all of the doors in our homes. Locksmiths ply their trade to let us back into our homes whenever we loose our keys. Like with all other sources of technical knowledge, the skills of a locksmith can also be used for unlawful purposes.
Since most locks are based on pretty similar concepts, you would be surprised how easy it is for someone to learn how to compromise a lock, especially with the Net being full of how-to guides on the subject. If you don’t believe me: The MIT Guide. As I have said before, one of the easiest ways to foil a home burglar is to learn how they think, and familiarize yourself with the techniques they use to victimize you. In any event, it is an eye opener so see for yourself how vulnerable you really are.
Don’t be a victim to burglars with this knowledge, or so-called “bump keys”, invest in a high-end mortise lock. They cost a fair bit more, but will foil most home burglars. Or you can use a new product called “Pickbuster“, a liquid that renders your lock essentially pick-proof!