No, I haven’t locked the children in the basement.
I have an ongoing deal with my kids that I will teach them ‘spy skills’ as they grow up, that is to say, skills that they may find useful should they find themselves in a James Bond type situation, or simply useful in life. So far this has included things like: rock climbing, archery, karate and piano - okay, so I’m pushing it with music, but you never know, it may be part of the back story some day - and will someday include firearms, but this is a little more difficult to set up in Canada. This scheme is likely partly derived from my eldest brother teaching me how to leap from a moving car when I was a child, ‘just in case I needed it’.
However, I was interested in something a bit more ‘classic spy’ for them. I was considering getting lockpicks, and learning how to pick locks. This raises a couple of questions:
-Legality- my current understanding is that it is legal to possess lockpicks, and to learn how to use them, however, having them on you out in the world would potentially constitute burglary tools. Is this correct?
Practicality - How hard is this to learn? Does one start with door locks and move to padlocks or the other way?
Apparatus- you can spend $15 for a book and some picks, or $100 for a ‘lockpicking course in a box’, or zillions on videos. What’s the best point of entry (:D) for an amateur.
Please note, I am explicitly asking about the legalities, and I have absolutely zero intention of committing any illegal acts. I am not interested in any discussion of illegal activities, except discussions of where the line would be.