Lockpicking & Lock Forensics

Instructor: Schuyler Towne


A small sample of Schuyler’s locks.

Get comfortable with basic lockpicks, open some security pinned locks (and possibly high security), and have an understanding of Pin Tumbler, Wafer and Disc Detainer locks.

This workshop is based around understanding both how to pick locks and how to analyze the evidence picking leaves behind. We will explore myriad methods of entry on basic pin tumbler locks, then, after each method is fully understood, we’ll place the components of the locks you’ve opened under a high-definition microscope and explain how to interpret the tool marks you have left behind.

The methods of entry covered will include:
  • Single-pin picking
  • Raking
  • Percussive attacks (pick guns/bumping)
  • Impressioning
At the end of the workshop we’ll test your new knowledge by examining a few lock examples I’ve brought along under the microscope and analyze them together.


About The Instructor

Schuyler Towne is obsessed with locks. While he got his start picking locks competitively, his interest has since exploded into every aspect of their history, design and manipulation. He’s taught hackers, authors, cops and even toy designers. There is nothing Schuyler loves more than to talk locks with anyone who will listen. His interests in the history of physical security and design of locks provides a passionate background to his lectures and workshops on lockpicking. Currently he is writing an Almanac of Locksport for O’Reilly and studying media portrayals of lockpicking.

Title: Lock Picking and Lock Forensics

Instructor: Schuyler Towne

Date: 6/4/2014, 9AM-5PM

Cost: $250

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