Locks & Locksmiths FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I get a lock pick set?
Try a locksmith supply house. Look for Locksmith Equipment & Supplies and ask about the right tool for the job at hand. Your locality, state or the company may have requirements, such as having to prove you are a locksmith or showing a drivers license; call and find out. Look for mail order houses in the Appendix. You can also check on the Web for suppliers.

What is a jiggler key?
A thin piece of metal cut in the general shape of a key, the jiggler slips into the keyway of many locks and most car locks. The jigglers in the set come with a variety of general cuts that vaguely resemble cuts on keys. A jiggler is slipped into the lock and moved around, much as using a rake type pick, until the lock opens. If one jiggler does not work then the next one in the set is tried. Probability of success depends on the skill of the user and on luck. For more information about keys see which locksmith keys are available at Locksmith New York.

Is there an ethical dimension to locksmithing?
Yes. Locksmithing is an old craft, and there is a strong tradition of ethical responsibility. A trainee (apprentice) learned about locks and security, and was supposed to have the personal integrity to avoid abusing that knowledge. This "do no harm" concept has been incorporated into the 'hacker ethic' which is found at MIT (in the "hacking community") and elsewhere.

If you have any additional questions please contact New York Locksmith and our locksmiths will be happy to help and answer any lock and key question you might have.

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