The idea of locks and keys is an old one, and throughout the centuries, locks and keys have controlled access to buildings and rooms, bank safes, and even treasure chests. This is still true today, and locks are also used to secure gym or school locker doors, as well as cars. No one wants a stranger to break into their car and drive off in it, after all. But sometimes, a lock may turn against its owner if the key is lost, or if a key breaks off in the lock. In other cases, a person might forget the combination to a lock or safe, or the electronic keypad might malfunction. Fortunately, there is an entire industry built around helping people with afflicted locks, and these experts may use lockpick sets, auto jigglers, car lock picks, key extractors, and more to help out. This can help a person get access to their property, or in some cases, lockpick sets can help police capture a criminal or help first responders save a life.
Car Lockpick Sets and Fobs
It is common for Americans today to call upon lockpick experts because they accidentally locked themselves out of their car or pickup truck. These vehicles have locks on all their doors, but a person might leave the keys inside, lock the doors, then shut the door before they realize what they just did. If this happens, the car owner may call local lockpick agencies, and an expert will be sent to the location the caller specifies. Now, once the professional verifies that this person indeed owns the car, that expert will use lockpick sets and auto jigglers to work a car door’s locks and open it. This allows the owner to get inside and retrieve their keys, and drive their car home or anywhere else.
In other cases, a key may have broken off inside a lock, and that means trouble. The lock can’t be turned if the owner can’t handle the key correctly, and the broken key piece blocks others keys from getting in (and may prove difficult to extract). This is why some lock experts will use key extractor tools, to remove that key piece and restore access to the lock. A replacement key may be made, too.
What about fobs? These are small, electronic remotes that car owners can use to remotely lock or unlock their car, or even use the panic button if need be. But a fob may get damaged, lost, or fail to send a signal to the car. If this happens, the fob owner may consult local auto shops and have a new one made. Or, they can have their current fob repaired or reprogrammed to work with their car.
Houses and Safes
Some citizens may call upon lockpick experts because they locked themselves out of their house, and all windows and doors are locked tight. Here too, a lockpick expert might verify the owner first, then use lock tools to open a door and allow the resident to go inside. In other cases, this might be done if a resident called for medical aid but they can’t open the door on their own. A lone, elderly resident may call 911 but then collapse, and first responders may face a locked door. If they don’t force the door open, they may instead use lockpicks to gain entry without damaging the property. Law enforcement agents, meanwhile, may use lockpicks to get inside a house or public building that a fleeing burglar has holed up in, and purse that person. This may be done to avoid damaging property, or avoid alerting the criminal to the law enforcement agents’ presence.
Lock picking may also be done on safes, and many Americans use portable safes to store either personal items or work-related items. If a safe gets jammed or malfunctions, or if the owner loses a key or forgets a combination, they may call for help. It is difficult to simply break a safe open, so an expert may pick the lock or hack the dial or the keypad to open it. These experts might also help the owner program in a new code, or refer them to a different expert who can help with that.