Lock Picking – Two Step Rule

I teach, train, operate and try to live based on a few principles. As far as my favorite hobby “Tactical Lock Picking” goes, this is one of my favorite principles I have used several times in RL (For those of you that aren’t initiated that means Real Life).

Jumping right into it, I want you to think about every/any house or office, car, company car, file cabinet, tool chest, shed padlock, basically anything with a key in your life that you owned or had access to, or any of those items that belonged to a friend of family member. There aren’t very many people that keep every key that they own and use on their person at all hours of the day. Keys are often carried as needed. That means that sometimes they’re not carried at all, so they’re sitting somewhere unattended. We can now also add spare and duplicate keys into the mix. Duplicates are usually carried by people that use them but spares are just that, spare, waiting around until the owner fucks up and needs it.

The MOST COMMON example of this principle is seen in books, on tv, in the movies, and yes in RL: (Over the phone) “Hey family member, you’re welcomed inside my house, sorry I’m not home in time but the key to the front door is:

  • Under the mat
  • Under the flower pot
  • In the flower pot
  • Above the door frame
  • In the mailbox
  • Etc.

Ring a bell yet?

The Two Step Rule:

“…Because most people are lazy, and because security is usually not much more than an illusion, the keys and passwords to obstacles are often within arms reach of the obstacle, or at least within two steps.”

This is a principle that for some type of fear of self preservation people (not always) often utilize themselves but sometimes forget that other people use as well. “The key can’t possibly be under their mat, who would be stupid enough to do that? (I mean I do it, but that’s different)” They do it. And not only do other people do it but high security buildings do it and it happens not only with spare keys but with computer passwords and gate codes as well.

I have several case studies that will be posted in the future that follow this principle as well as others that you will be seriously shaking your head at, and the real life case studies keep adding up every day.

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Field Training

Do yourself a favor in the form of some free and easy tactical training. In the next 24-48 hours, every time you touch a door handle or a key or a lock, think about if you have a spare key or if you think it might be nearby and where you would put it if it were your lock. This one doesn’t even require any physical effort (unless you decide to go looking for spare keys of course, but remember Always Be Legal!)