Picking locks for sport still an underground hobby here

The tools for locksport typically include a transparent practice padlock and an array of lock-picking hooks. Sometimes, a lockpick gun is also used. Mr Zach Goh shows how a lock can be picked by using a tension wrench and a lockpick gun to ease open
The tools for locksport typically include a transparent practice padlock and an array of lock-picking hooks. Sometimes, a lockpick gun is also used. Mr Zach Goh shows how a lock can be picked by using a tension wrench and a lockpick gun to ease open a padlock.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

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When he was in secondary school, Mr Zach Goh, misplaced the keys to a locked drawer containing his video games and toys.

Desperate to open it, he tried picking the lock with a paper clip - something he had seen done successfully in television shows and movies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2018, with the headline 'Picking locks for sport still an underground hobby here'. Print Edition | Subscribe