[tog] is a chubb lock harder to pick from the outside when the key is in the lock (on the inside)?

Martin Mitchell jester.ie at gmail.com
Tue Nov 8 17:50:24 GMT 2011

replied to directly.


On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 5:07 PM, Robb Mitchell <robbathon at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello lockpickers,  Please can you help a damsel in distress?
> A friend of mine was locked out recently and thus engaged the services
> of a (so called) professional locksmith.
> The locksmith managed to open the door, but has since been sending her
> a number of unwanted saucy SMS messages.
> I am sure you can imagine that unwelcome attention is even less
> welcome when it comes from someone who knows that you live alone and
> has a proven ability to open your locked front door.
> Its just a temporary rented flat (with no chain) so installing extra
> locks not a real option.
> There are already two locks on the front door to the flat. What I
> would call a normal one (smallish flat key) and also what I think is
> called a chubb (one where the lock mechanism is inside the body of the
> door). The key looks a bit like a less rusty version of this
> http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3134/2814254383_990fa147e8_z.jpg
> Can she sleep more soundly at night if she leaves the Chubb key inside
> the lock after locking it?   I imagine this makes it harder for a
> picker to do their picking, but maybe it brings other vulnerabilities?
> (the door is fairly "airtight", so there is not a possiblity of
> knocking the key out onto a sheet of newspaper and then scooping the
> key under the door).
> Thanks very much for any tips (or reassurances) you can offer.
> cheers
> Rob
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