Is lock picking just for criminals? No it is not. Learning about locks and knowing how to pick a lock may expose vulnerabilities in your own home and help you to harden it, it will help you to improve your own security, and will provide you with a practical skill which may prove beneficial from a survival standpoint.
Learn the fundamentals of pin and wafer tumbler locks and learn how to exploit their weaknesses. Learn picking techniques such as lifting and raking. Learn about tension and jiggler tools. Learn shimming, bumping, and bypassing.
While browsing various categories of books related to survival preparedness and security, I came across this top rated one, written by Deviant Ollam, one of the security industry’s best-known lock picking teachers,
Practical Lock Picking: A Physical Penetration Tester’s Training Guide
Having skill sets are prerequisite to self reliance and self sufficiency. Understanding and knowing the basic fundamentals of locks and how to pick locks, will open your eyes as to what a common (or professional) burglar knows and will shed much light on to your own security situation with regards to door locks and more.
The prepper community puts a substantial amount of time into their own security, and often mistakenly discounts or is ignorant to the skills of their potential enemy. The tables can be turned if you understand what they know, and have the ability to do what they can do. Being able to quietly unlock a door into an abandoned warehouse (or fill-in-the-blank) in a lawless post-collapse world, will be a very high advantage for you. While we obviously do not advocate breaking the law, we also realize that the social situation could potentially be quite different in a world that has cratered into violence and chaos.