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on 12 December 1999
A fairly short book (less than 70 pages, and padded with big diagrams), but not a bad introduction to basic lock picking for all the common lock types. Good sections on making your own tools, including templates for basic picks and ward-lock skeleton keys, and a very good description of pin and wafer lock picking. The section on combination locks missed out the well-known probe method which is good for briefcases and some padlocks, and some of the more complex lock diagrams could do with better descriptions. Although it is US-published, the information applies pretty much worldwide.
On the whole, a good all-round beginner's book, but not for the experienced picker.
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on 18 October 2011
Lockpicking is not for me. The hobby does have some potential from the problem-solving angle but leaves me stone cold otherwise. However, I have given the book 5* because what it has given me is a very good insight into what makes for a good lock or a poor lock from the security viewpoint. Lock manufacturers frequently give lots of waffle about hardened this and reinforced that, but seldom offer any insight into what now appears to me to be the weakest part of the lock, i.e. its mechanism and how easily it may, or may not be defeated. This book certainly opened my eyes.

I have no idea how prevalent lockpicking is as a method of entry for criminal purposes, but I can recommend any houseowner to read this book from the viewpoint of home security and making life more difficult for the thief both at the entrance door and those locks that protect valuables once inside the house. Don't forget to have a chat with you local Crime Prevention Officer too.
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on 1 November 2012
This book was written before the days when anyone could purchase lock picking tools. Uses safety pins as picks.There are much newer books like practical lock picking published last month.
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on 22 October 2013
a great book,really a pleasure to use ,the designers know what they do to the book was relible,i would recommend this book
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on 15 September 2014
Fine for a good read
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on 29 December 2009
a good but small book that covers the basics and more of a variety of everyday locks ,and contains many usefull diagrams . easily worth having .
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on 17 August 2015
Ok
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