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    Hi All,

    Did a quick search but couldn't find anything specific.

    I'm interested to know; for those of you that do carry a specific set of lock picks, how do you carry them?
    Hopefully you don't mind sharing such info on an open forum... Welcome to say "on my body," or "what's a lock pick set"... in which case I'll take the hint .

    I generally keep a set in my wallet, the handle taped together & all fits neatly into a 'card slot'.
    Another, new set which is still in its frame is kept in my computer-cord bag.

    Airport doesn't quite like this, but managed to convince them it wasn't as bad as my 'card-shark' knife (which I had been allowed to return to my vehicle a few minutes earlier).

    Thanks in advance. Cheers.

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    Aren't those considered burglar tools unless you are a licensed locksmith ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamewolf View Post
    Aren't those considered burglar tools unless you are a licensed locksmith ?
    Hmm, not in South Africa; thankfully.

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    I guess I have never given them a thought.....and most likely won't in the future.
    If I did carry them, it would be with the pry bars, sledge hammer, and bolt cutters.

    Gotta ask.....Why would you need a lock pick set in the wilderness?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamewolf View Post
    Aren't those considered burglar tools unless you are a licensed locksmith ?
    Is there such a thing as a "licensed" locksmith?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter63 View Post
    I guess I have never given them a thought.....and most likely won't in the future.
    If I did carry them, it would be with the pry bars, sledge hammer, and bolt cutters.
    Gotta ask.....Why would you need a lock pick set in the wilderness?
    I have a mini pry bar in Bowler N690 which comes in handy at times.
    Yeah, bolt cutters etc definitely more useful; but don't always have the finesse that a lock pick has... or the space to carry them.

    I guess my focus was based on the "Bug Out Bags, escape vehicles, 48 hour emergency kits" topic of this section of the forum, not really on the 'wilderness' aspect, although lock picks wouldn't be entirely useless there.

    Sometimes one needs to get through a locked gate/door/barrier etc, especially if trying to escape/evade a 'less than tasteful' situation.
    - Let's say I'm in a shopping centre, something happens that requires me to get out of there quickly...the route I take may have a locked door, and going another way would be 'dangerous' or impossible (Just today a local shopping mall had a fire).
    - Maybe I drive up to a locked gate on my way out of 'dodge'...
    - Maybe while hiking in the mountains; the hut that I chose to stay at wasn't unlocked in time...

    Options are endless... The skill set is easily learnt and tools easily carried; even if I don't need to use them.

    Hope that makes sense?


    Quote Originally Posted by cow_rancher View Post
    Is there such a thing as a "licensed" locksmith?
    Was wondering the same thing, but not that I know of down here.

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    They are not illegal in the U.S. unless there is a state specific law. There is not in my state. I do have a set and a jiggle gun. I have used them a few times to get into my daughters house when she locked herself out. That's the reason I purchased them. I do not carry them with me and have no need of them otherwise. If you have them with you in the states be prepared to answer some tough questions if stopped by law enforcement.

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    I have thought about it. However, I need to learn the skill before I know what tools are best. I have seen some good videos on youtube just haven't gotten into it yet.
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    In Ohio, we have a law where it is illegal to own "criminal tools". Basically, you can own anything, but you commit a crime then you can get two charges.

    In other words, own lock picks and your fine. Break into a house and you get charged with burglary and poses sion of a tool to commit a crime.

    Personally, I have no experience with them. I was taught to simply kick in the door!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cow_rancher View Post
    Is there such a thing as a "licensed" locksmith?

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    Uh yes, at least where I live there is ! Only certain folks are allowed to legally have things like lock picks around here, and if you do, you better have a good reason especially if there has been any burglaries !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamewolf View Post
    Uh yes, at least where I live there is ! Only certain folks are allowed to legally have things like lock picks around here, and if you do, you better have a good reason especially if there has been any burglaries !
    I thought you lived in Ohio?
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    I have to wonder how many burglar use lock picks or a big wad of bump keys or a jiggle gun. By the way I have a rechargeable jiggle gun and don't use it for burglary lol.
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    I have several pick sets. All legal here in Florida.

    Possession of burglary tools is a crime. If you have no intent to burgal it ain't a burglary tool

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    In my area most burglars use a big rock or a crowbar.

    And most are kids with a few being drug addicts looking for stuff they can sell quick for a fix.

    If they owned a jiggle gun or set of lock picks they would pawn them for dope money!

    I have seen the police charge people with possession of burglary tools because there was a rock on the ground next to a broken window! It is a catch all term for unlimited add on charges at the time of arrest.

    Same with car keys from '90s era vehicles where when the key wears down and the ignition gets old one key might open just about any vehicle of that make you walk up to. Got yourself a "bump key".
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