LOCKPICKING TECHNIQUES: WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The lockpicking process begins with you unlocking a door, or a window or door frame, or opening a drawer or closet door, then unlocking the lock with a key or a key ring.
Here are some of the most common locksmith methods: If you’re unsure if you need a lockpicking certification or if the locksmith is an authorized locksmith, try an in-person consultation.
Many locksmith services also offer an online or phone consultation.
In some cases, you can hire a professional locksmith to assist you in choosing a locksmith who will perform your specific job, according to the American Association of Lockdown (AAL).
But be careful not to pay for locksmith certification without an in depth interview, AAL warns.
“Do not purchase locksmith training if you are not sure what you are looking for in a lockscreen,” AAL said.
“Make sure you understand the type of lockscreen you are purchasing and that you understand what you can expect from a professional.”
A lockpicking professional can also provide additional training for those who want to apply for certification.
LOCK PICKING DEVICES: WHAT NOT TO DO: When picking locks, try to pick the correct type of lock, or try to find the lock in a different room, according with AAL.
The professional will then recommend the lock to you and then show you the lock.
It’s important to avoid using a pick that’s not certified by the American Institute of Lockmiths, AALS says.
A lockscreen is also not the same as a full-body camera.
“Always be aware of the lock you are picking.
If you are trying to open a door or window, make sure you have the right tools to do so,” AALS advises.
You can also ask to see the lock’s serial number.
Lockscreen locks have a different appearance than other locks, but they’re still useful to look for, said Mark A. Cianci, a locksmaster and owner of Lock Pickers for Life in Miami.
He also has several locksmith certifications.
“The best way to learn is to go out and pick locks.
That way, you will understand what a lockscreens features are and how to apply them,” he said.
You should also look for the lock by its color, not the brand name, as that will tell you what type of the lockscreen to use, Ciancsi said.
LESSON PLANNING: It can be helpful to have a plan, so you can plan for different events when you visit different locksmith locations, according Ciancesi.
“It can also be helpful if you can have a list of things that you want to do when you come in, so that you know when you can come in and when you are going to be able to come out,” he explained.
To learn more about locksmithing, go to the National Lockdown Training Center website.