A new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that people with poor locksmithing skills are more likely to fall victim to burglaries, according to the findings.
The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that individuals with poor lock-picking skills are 3.5 times more likely than their peers to be burglarized, even after controlling for factors like neighborhood crime and mental health.
“If you are a lockpicker, you are in a bad position,” study author Mark Kranzinger, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, told Business Insider.
“I’ve seen many cases where I’ve worked with people with very good locksmith skills and they’ve gotten into homes, but they’re the ones who didn’t pick locks.”
He added, “People who are poorly equipped are at greater risk for burglary.”
Kranzer said the findings suggest that the lack of skill in lockpicking is an important problem that needs to be addressed.
“There’s not a lot of training that goes into it,” he said.
“The more you can teach people how to pick locks, the better.”
This is the first study to look at the effect of poor lockpicking skills on burglary risk.
“Locksmithing is a skill that people can learn and get into,” Kranzy said.
For instance, it can help you get into a locked door and make sure it doesn’t get unlocked by someone else.
And you can learn how to get into your house’s locks and open doors.
But a good lockpicking job also requires training.
Kranzen said it’s not always easy to find a good professional who will take your locksmith class, but there are some companies that offer a great deal of lockpicking training.
“You have to have some kind of certification, but you can get some of these companies to offer a certifying process,” he explained.
Krantzinger said that even though locksmiths are highly skilled, the lack or difficulty of securing homes is a problem.
“Lockpicking is a highly skilled profession,” he added.
“It’s not something you can just pick up and do, and you can’t just come up with a system.”
Krantzer and his colleagues found that locksmith training was associated with lower burglary rates in areas with higher home values, while poorer locksmith students were less likely to commit burglary.
The researchers also found that lockpickers with low levels of lock picking were more likely not to have good locks for their homes, which could affect burglaries.
“Some people are just not skilled enough to get things done with their own hands,” Krantzin said.
But, even though the study didn’t find that lockspotters with poor skills are much more likely of committing burglaries than locksmith graduates, Kranzin said it was important to keep an eye on locksmith jobs in order to make sure their quality and experience are being met.
“We have to be very careful to ensure that we are paying the right amount of attention to the quality of the training,” he told Business Insider.
“Otherwise you’re not paying the same attention as you would with a professional.”
Krasner also noted that people who are skilled in lock picking can have an impact on the quality and safety of their homes.
“When you’re working in the locksmith business, you’re dealing with a wide variety of products, and lock picking is one of them,” he noted.
“In terms of the quality, if you’re going to have a locksmith that’s good, you can trust that they’re going be the best in the business.
They’ll do a great job.”
The study was funded by the National Science Foundation and by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health.