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Published on December 19th, 2011 | by Ruth

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Picking Locks With Brockhage And Safekeeping Valuables With SentrySafe

Lock pick­ing has al­ways held a bit of ro­mance for me. It sug­gests ad­ven­ture, just a bit on the side of the seedy side, but usu­al­ly with no­ble out­comes. I pic­ture some­one in a news­boy cap and short pants, or per­haps sun­glass­es with a silk scarf cov­er­ing the hair (a la Au­drey Hep­burn), with heists (some­how for a good cause) in the works. I al­so imag­ine un­bend­ing a hair pin or a pa­per clip. It turns out that tech­nol­o­gy is much more ad­vanced than that, in the form of a lock pick gun from Brock­hage.

The Brock­hage pick gun can be used to open most pin tum­bler locks. We have to ad­mit, we weren’t sure which those cov­ered, so we tried it out on our front door over Thanks­giv­ing. As ab­so­lute lock-pick­ing novices, it took us about five min­utes of con­stant work (or about as long as it took to put out the cru­di­tee plat­ter) to go from locked door to in the house. It took a sur­pris­ing amount of hand strength to con­stant­ly pull the trig­ger, re­sult­ing in a slight­ly sore hand (this didn’t stop us from us­ing the fork lots at din­ner lat­er). Be­fore you start en­vi­sion­ing us giv­ing up writ­ing or a life of cat bur­glary, let me add- it was loud! It sound­ed like a car back­fire each time we pulled the trig­ger. Some­how we imag­ined that it would be a bit more of a fi­nesse tool, but it got the job done. We’re told that if you’re a pro­fes­sion­al, it’s much faster. The pick gun is avail­able for about $45. We’re not ex­act­ly sure how to make keep­ing one on hand use­ful, but there must be a way, right? You could keep it in your garage or car, in case you get locked out of your apart­ment, for ex­am­ple (it’s pret­ty small- the main body about the size of a cred­it card, but heav­ier and much thick­er). Or just car­ry one with you all of the time, in case an ad­ven­ture op­por­tu­ni­ty aris­es. Along with dark sun­glass­es and a scarf.

Just in case some­one is try­ing to get at your valu­ables with ne­far­i­ous de­signs (un­like us, with our lock­pick gun), we sug­gest a safe. We had to op­por­tu­ni­ty to try one out from Sen­trySafe. At 90 lbs., this is not some­thing you want to toss in­to your bag. It’s a nice black on the out­side (so not an eye­sore) and fea­tures a three-num­ber com­bi­na­tion lock, with click­ing di­al and tubu­lar key lock, four live-lock­ing bolts and a met­al han­dle. Ba­si­cal­ly, it’ll keep your stuff hel­la-safe.

It’s al­so ver­i­fied for up to one-hour pro­tec­tion of CDs and DVDs in a fire and against 8″ of wa­ter for a 24-hour pe­ri­od of time. The safe al­so with­stands a 15 foot drop. This is a tough box, de­signed to give you peace of mind when you’re away from home. It al­so has handy in­side or­ga­ni­za­tion- it kind of looks like a mi­ni-fridge for your valu­ables. At 13.9 x 12.6 x 11.9 inch­es it’s about the size of a mi­ni-fridge, too. The size and heft make it a pain to haul around, but I guess that’s kind of the point to a safe. It’s avail­able for $196 on Ama­zon. 

Whether you want to be break­ing in places, keep­ing things safe, or both, the Brock­hage lock pick gun and the Sen­trySafe Safe are use­ful, ver­sa­tile and rea­son­able af­ford­able. Grab your fa­vorite trench­coat for in­trique, dim the lights, and live your own Noir ad­ven­ture.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.



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