Things can nosedive quickly in a disaster situation.
When that happens, conventional methods of survival may not be an option.
Here’s one desperation survival skill that could save your life if full-scale chaos breaks out.
Widespread emergencies often cause individuals and families to become displaced.
If you find yourself on the move after bugging out, you may be in dire need of shelter.
In that scenario, you might come across an abandoned building or home.
If so, you may have no choice but to break in for the purpose of surviving the elements or hiding from dangerous marauders.
The ethics of breaking into an abandoned home are obviously gray, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
When faced with that terrible dilemma, it’s best to know how to break in without damaging the doors or windows.
That’s where being able to pick a lock comes in handy.
Here are basic steps for picking a lock in a survival crisis.
There’s no universal way to pick a lock since there are different types of locks that require different methods of approach.
However, the most common lock is the pin tumbler lock.
The pin tumbler lock has five essential components:
Housing — This is the part that holds everything together.
Plug — The key gets inserted into this part.
Driver Pins — These are located above the key pins.
Key Pins — These are located below the driver pins.
Springs — These hold down the driver and key pins.
While an expert could unlock a pin tumbler lock with a hairpin, a set of lockpicking tools will make the task much easier.
The tools are surprisingly inexpensive and can even be purchased on Amazon.
However, before you make any purchases, familiarize yourself with the laws of your state.
A few states actually make it illegal to own lockpicking tools.
The most important tool is the tension wrench, which aids in turning the plug and keeping the pins at the shear line (when a key enters the cylinder, it pushes the key pins level with the shear line).
A rudimentary approach is the single-pin picking method.
The objective is to raise each pin one by one with a hook-type pick, which should be in your lockpicking set.
First, insert the tension wrench in order to locate the binding pin.
The binding pin stops the plug from being fully turned and opening the door.
Only one binding pin at a time actually impedes the plug, so the idea behind the single-pin picking method is to disengage the binding pins one by one.
Apply constant pressure with the tension wrench to find the binding pin, then insert the hook-type pick and gently lift the pin.
As you lift the pin, you should feel a subtle amount of give in the plug, which means you moved onto the next binding pin that’s in the way.
The more pins you lift, the more the plug will turn until the lock is fully disengaged.
The task will feel very challenging at first, but as is the case with other valuable survival skills, it will get better with practice.