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Author Topic: Questions about lock picks.  (Read 1197 times)

Offline Cosmos

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Questions about lock picks.
« on: 08 June, 2015, 01:41:05 AM »
Apart from a locksmith who would have a legal use for a set of lock picks?

Is it legal for someone other than a locksmith to own a set?

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Re: Questions about lock picks.
« Reply #1 on: 08 June, 2015, 09:15:08 AM »
Apart from a locksmith who would have a legal use for a set of lock picks?

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Re: Questions about lock picks.
« Reply #2 on: 08 June, 2015, 09:25:32 AM »

EXHIBIT A - Billy the Burglar's DIY kit.

If you want to know the time, ask a policeman...and if you want to know about the legality or illegality of carrying lock picks, go straight to a police website.

So I proceeded in an orderly web-wards direction and found this knowledgeable site run by British policemen (the best police force money can buy...ahem).


And on the site you'll find a discussion thread on your very subject, Cosmos.

Before you read it though, here is a potted consensus of what our UK cops think about going out and about all tooled up with lock picks...

The laws governing possessing lock picking equipment revolve around the offence of Going Equipped with tools likely to be used to commit an offence.

The site says in inimitable police jargon...

"A genuine Locksmith would have lawful permission / consent to gain entry to a property  Eg - Owner loses keys and calls locksmith out to gain entry to own property by whatever means the Locksmith deems suitable / least damaging.

Billy Burglar out at any time of day with same tools would have a lot of explaining to do."

Billy the Burglar indeed! Another cop followed up with a very good  point...

"Since there is no legal restriction on purchasing, owning or having fun with lock picks, you don't need a reasonable excuse to have them on you."

And, hello hello hello, there's this...

"It's all about context - if you have a lock pick and it's 3am near a dark garage, you will struggle.  If it's whilst at work you may have a lawful explanation.

I think you may still get suspected, but it is like most other aspects of law - if you are using it lawfully, then you have no issues.

You just have to expect that, dependant on the context, an officer might reasonably want to do some investigating to ensure your account is true and honest. 

An honest person with no history of theft carrying an object that he can account for by his work and in non-suspicious circumstances shouldn't have anything to worry about!!  The same object carried by a serial burglar with no obvious excuse and in a place where they cannot easily account for their presence will be treated very differently."

So the answer is that in the UK it is legal to buy and legal to own lock picks but possessing them can be regarded as 'suspicious'...and you'll need a good excuse for carrying them...especially at 3 in the morning while wearing a stripey jersey.

« Last Edit: 09 June, 2015, 10:25:53 AM by P-Kasso2 »
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Re: Questions about lock picks.
« Reply #3 on: 09 June, 2015, 09:13:09 AM »
I find this to be a most effective lock picking device; although not quite pocket sized!