Training: Hands-On Lock Picking

Instructor: Schuyler Towne

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.  Learn the baseline knowledge to plan your own facility security, and get a number of excellent references to help continue your study.

The focus will be on Pin Tumbler locks, as they are what a North American audience will encounter most often. You will begin picking these locks early and get plenty of practice with access to the instructor’s lock library, including various specially prepared mid- and high-security locks. From there you will branch out to other locking concepts, and gain an understanding of a wide range of lock types, from safes to magnetics, with particular attention to Wafer and Disc Detainer locks as they are also quite common in the US. The basics of facility security, including what to look for in modern digital locks, will also be covered.

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: Hands-On Lock Picking

Instructor: Schuyler Towne
Date: 6/3/2015, 9AM-5PM
Cost: $250.00
Class Size: 20 seats are available total

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Praise for Schuyler Towne’s Class

“I attended Schuyler Towne’s lock picking class at RVAsec a few years ago, and it was bloody amazing. Literally…. it drew blood. This was hands-down and in cuffs one of the best classes I’ve ever attended. Schuyler is very passionate about what he does and incredibly skilled at not only picking locks (though he still has to successfully pick the Ruko locks I gave him), but also passing on his knowledge in an exciting and entertaining manner. Whether you’ve never picked a lock in your life (just like I hadn’t) or quite skilled at it, you will definitely learn something from this class. Challenges are tailored to each attendee’s skillset, and there are both simple locks, advanced locks, digital locks, handcuffs, and combination locks to play with. I definitely recommend this class.”

– Carsten E

“I think the classes [lock picking] are fascinating and valuable whether you’re a hobbyist, or if physical security testing is in (or you want it to be) your job description. Schuyler’s passion for research, and his presentation style really make the whole experience a joy.”

– Nick P