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An expensive bottle of milk - John C. Kirk

Dec. 3rd, 2011

10:50 pm - An expensive bottle of milk

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From:elvum
Date:December 5th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
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In theory, carrying locksmithing tools while not being a locksmith could be problematic - if you found yourself in a situation where a police officer had a suspicion that you had them for the wrong reasons, they could arrest you for "going equipped", but it would be unlikely IMO, especially if you weren't actually going to carry it around when not required. (see http://www.ukpoliceonline.co.uk/index.php?/topic/43110-what-constitutes-going-equipped/page__view__findpost__p__459173 for a police viewpoint).

If your door lock is so insecure that it can be opened by a £1 piece of plastic, you might want to consider a different course of action, mind you - or perhaps you have a secure mortice lock as well as the night latch that presumably was the cause of the problem on this occasion?
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From:johnckirk
Date:December 5th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
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The door to my flat has two locks: Yale and mortice. Since I need the key to lock the mortice lock, it would be difficult to lock myself out that way, but it does make the flat more secure if I'm not here. If I'm literally just going across the road (within sight of my flat) then I probably won't bother with the mortice lock, but I use it when I go to work etc.

There are also two locks on the street level door (along with bolts), but it's a bit more awkward to use the mortice lock there because it's a shared door so I don't know whether the other people are inside or outside. In the event of a fire, I wouldn't want to get trapped inside without the key to open the front door.

Once I get the plastic through, I'll test the Yale locks on both doors. I may take it to some friends' houses if they want to test their locks too, but I'm not planning to carry it around with me as a matter of routine. I see it more as the equivalent of a "universal spare key" that I can hold onto for other people.
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