The LockPickingLawyer

Mike Stafford

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A friend of mine was doing some research on padlocks to secure a travel trailer he recently bought and came across the website of the LockPickingLawyer.

This guy picks locks while you and I are fumbling with our keys. I mean it is quite unbelievable how quickly he can pick a lock.

One of the videos that I found particularly interesting was his take on "the strongest lock in the world" which is a 9 pound padlock made in England called the Squire Stronghold SS100CS. He picks it and disassembles it in less than 10 minutes.


After watching a few of his videos all I got to say is quit wasting your money on locks. You might as well just use a zip tie for all the good they do keeping your stuff secure from a guy with his skills.
 
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Locks are just to keep honest people honest. The others can get in no matter what the prevention. Where there is a will there is a way.
David
Amen, Bro. I once had my stock trailer 'borrowed' for an extensive period of time. It had a quality lock on the hitch receiver for the ball. The 'borrower' was able to defeat it, apparently easily. :mad:
 
A team of thieves locally was just unbolting the hitch assembly from trailers and slapping their own on to tow them away. You have to kind of look at the whole thing holistically... and you're basically shooting for "harder to steal than it's worth the risk".
 
Knowing an older locksmith during my college years I can vouch that knowing the science of the mechanism makes most locks vulnerable in a surprising amount of time. It's like; wait, you can hand cut dovetails in maple AND in walnut!?! Genius! :D. A great skill set and impressive to watch. I really enjoy his videos.
 
For the less sophisticated, when noise doesn't matter, seems like a cordless angle grinder with a cutting wheel would defeat almost anything metal.
Very much so. Back in the day when I operate a power equipment sales/service shop, break-ins were just a part of doing business, but in those days they would break locks with breaker bars or drive trucks thru' garage doors. These days, a battery powered grinder with a diamond disc on it are faster, quieter and cause less damage. Padlocks are (as already said) for honest people so they don't suffer temptation.
 
A team of thieves locally was just unbolting the hitch assembly from trailers and slapping their own on to tow them away. You have to kind of look at the whole thing holistically... and you're basically shooting for "harder to steal than it's worth the risk".
Bingo. Just like securing your home in an urban neighborhood; you can't keep them out if they want in but, you can make it annoying enough that they will go to another house.
 
Back in the day when I owned a boat I secured it at home with a dead man buried 3 feet in the ground and a log chain wrapped around the axle. That was in addition to a heavy lock on the coupler that was welded onto the trailer's tongue. In the 17 years I owned that boat the only thing that was ever stolen was the spare tire under my truck.
 
Speaking of log chains....

This kid was dragging a huge section of log chain down the dusty old road. An old man was sitting on the porch watching the little boy struggle.

He asked, "Hey kid, why you dragging that chain down the road?"

Without missing a beat the kid responded, "You ever tried to push one, sir?":D
There must be a LINK to a joke there somewhere.
 
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