I spent this morning reading over a book a href=”http://instapundit.com/archives2/016436.php”Glenn/a ordered called, a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0966608712?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0966608712″emHow To Open Locks With Improvised Tools: Practical, Non-Destructive Ways Of Getting Back Into Just About Everything When You Lose Your Keys./em/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0966608712″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / I remember as a kid that lock picking was almost a necessity when dealing with four other siblings. I learned how to pick locks early (very simple ones) but never went beyond the basics of using a hanger or paperclip to pry open a lock. However, as one who tends to be absent-minded and has locked her keys in the car on more than one occasion, I decided to read over and keep this book as a future reference for more advanced lock-picking.br /br /I never knew opening things was so complicated. I have always had a respect for lock-smiths, especially since getting some good advice from one-six-and a half foot giant who installed locks at my old office. He told me that no lock was impenetrable, but he never really cared –“if someone is dumb enough to break into my home,” he stated, “then they’re all mine.” Not a bad mind-set to have and it certainly worked for him. “Who would break into his place?” I thought. Anyway back to the book and the mechanics of lock picking. br /br /The book empasizes the mental aspects of successful lock bypass (sounds like some type of surgery). First, the author says, try not to need it. “Make a habit of physically checking to see if you have your keys before going through a door or leaving your car. If you think you are holding them, look down and visually confirm it.” You should also try to find a spare key, roommate or some other way of getting into your car, home etc. before attempting to pick a lock. br /br /If one does have to open a lock, they are advised “never to force a mechanical part to move.” The most force that should be used “is the same amount it would take to use the key or inside handle.” The greatest cause of failure to open a lock is using the wrong method of entry. “You might have half a dozen bypass ideas in mind, but you have to choose the right one to get the job done….Having the wisdom to determine how much of what you know is specific to the lock in front of you and having the ability to apply that knowledge is at least as important as the knowledge itself.” Finally, the author advises, take your time. “If you give up too easily or lose patience, you aren’t allowing yourself a fair shot at it. Do not be sloppy in the way that you use your tools. A professional differs from the incompetent mostly in attidue, in the willingness to proceed carefully and with full attention.”br /br /The rest of the book focused on how to do a successful lock bypass on various locks ranging from doors, to handcuffs(!), and cars. There are also sections on how to make tools, use them and how to beef up security around your own house using what you have learned about locks. The book is really helpful. br /br /Okay, so picking locks is not much different than picking minds, that is, you have to be patient, never force change if not necessary, don’t use the wrong method of entry and do not give up too easily. Okay, you may think I am being really dumb here,comparing locks to minds, but look, I am not very mechanically inclined, so I guess I have to put everything into a framework that I can understand–it makes it more fun and more of a challenge. Wish me luck the next time I lock my keys in the car.