Oftentimes we associate people who pick locks with ski masks and safe-cracking. Either that or you're more familiar with the kind of lock picker you pay $120 to let you back inside your house after locking yourself out.
You might be surprised to find out that picking locks is a growing hobby for many, and that its practice is organized a little bit like "Fight Club."
“Oh gosh," there is such a hardcore group of nerds that do it.”
That's SQ33K - pronounced 'squeak.' She's the founder of Oak City Locksport, a North Carolina lock-picking group that gathers once a week. Some find it odd to walk into a bar and see a dozen people all popping open the same locks they use to keep their bikes and their sheds safe. But those people should relax. The meetings are not for people trying to find ways to break into their neighbor's homes, but an open place to exchange thoughts and ideas. SQ33K says that these meet-ups are super common in the lock-picking community. In fact, there are people that meet in every state to solve the puzzle that picking locks provides.
“When I have gone to other cities and visit, just a Google search will show you. I mean, there are international lock picking organizations that have chapters all over.”
There are enough handbooks and YouTube tutorials out there to learn how to pretty much crack into a bank vault, so these groups see no harm in getting together to break bread over a common interest. Plus, with security being an issue in online life, some people find security in the knowing that their front door has the tightest dead bolt around. The only way to know that for sure? Put it to the test yourself.