Competitive lock-picking growing in popularity

2010-07-28 12:03

More and more people in the US are discovering the intellectual thrill that comes with playing the competitive sport of lock-picking.

Enthusiasts include 26-year-old Schuyler Towne in Massachusetts, who easily picks a brass lock in less than 20 seconds.

He says sport lock-pickers are ethical and believe they should never pick locks they don’t own. They also help find flaws in locks for lock-makers.

But James Pasco of the National Fraternal Order of Police is among law enforcement officers who worry about the practise falling into the wrong hands.

He fears the sport pickers run the risk of “educating criminals who might be inclined to pick locks for illegal purposes.”

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