How to Pick a Lock

A lock is installed on doors and containers for security purposes. A key is used to open these locks. In cases where a key is misplaced, people attempt to access the locked area by removing the lock itself. During some instances, the lid of the container or the doorknob itself is taken apart or broken down.

Picking a lock is a way of manipulating a lock without using a key. A key has notches and markings that correspond to the internal structure of the lock. This allows specific keys to open certain locks. Picking a lock may mimic a key by fitting into the internal structure of the lock or by overriding the lock in another way.


Tools That Can Be Used to Pick a Lock


There are a lot of tools you can use to pick a lock. You can choose a hairpin, a scissor, a card, a small screwdriver or a Swiss Knife.

  • To use a hairpin, you need to straighten it first. Insert it in the lock. Place the ridged side against the turning mechanisms where the ridged area of the key is placed. Turn the hairpin gently in the direction where the lock opens. Use steady and gentle pressure as you twist it open.
  • If you choose to use a scissor or a Swiss Knife, insert the blade into the keyhole and move it in a counter clockwise direction. You can use any of the blades of a Swiss Knife until it opens the lock. Be careful not to hurt yourself with the blade.
  • If you choose to use a screwdriver, pick the size that is approximately the same as the size of the keyhole. Insert it into the keyhole and wiggle it in any direction until the lock is opened. Be sure to do it gently to avoid destroying the whole mechanism inside.
  • If you will use a card, simply slide it between the door and the frame. Slide it downward until it reaches the doorjamb and releases the bolt part of the lock. Continue exerting pressure until you push the mechanism responsible for closing the door. Cards can only be used for doorknobs or deadbolts and not for any other type of locks.