Today was one of those days when you wonder about quality control (if there is such a thing in modern manufacturing) and we found ourselves locked out of our floating paradise by a faulty lock. A disc lock not too different from this one.
Just a ‘tad’ bigger and ‘beefier’.
The innards of the lock had failed in such a way that you just couldn’t insert a key.
Only what’s a guy to do?
Especially as his bypass tools were safely locked away IN THE BOAT!
Know what security is? It’s a myth promulgated by insurance firms.
A delaying tactic at most, an inconvenience to some, and a challenge to others.
Only to the prudent prepper or survivalist, bypassing security is an essential skill.
You might note I’ve said BYPASSING.
That’s not being an idiot and using brute force i.e. ‘breaking and entering’.
The last thing you need to do is attract attention to yourself by smashing the place apart.
Apart from anything else it really pees people off more than what you’ve taken.
Side step for a minute.
Tell me, are you the kind of person that follows the Gray Man philosophy.
Planning your movements and constantly surveying your surroundings.
Walking into somewhere and looking for the security, exits, choke points, etc.
Then in your own home, do you look out for weak or weakening security.
Can you list the obvious and not so obvious ingress and exit points in your home?
Can you circumvent your own security?
I ask because if you can, so can someone else.
We do the same BUT despite our precautions and security, we still know how to access our own property (boat) through our security. It’s kinda hard too as we can only access through destructive means i.e. breaking and entering.
Back to today.
So today was no exception and we chose to attack the lock as opposed to destroying a perfectly good hardened hasp and staple and mucking up our paint job.
Ever drilled out a lock cylinder in a quality security disc lock?
It’s “interesting and character building” i.e. bloody hard BUT the secret is to start small, not forgetting to use hard plate drills and locking the “anti drill” plate over the weaker lock cylinder.
With the right equipment to hand it took less than 5 minutes.
That’s all it took to kill a decent quality high security padlock.
Remember, security is a delaying tactic at most, an inconvenience to some, and a challenge to others.
Reflect on that one guys and girls.
You think you’re safe behind those locks?
Dream on and think quantity over singleton quality.
I say that because there is always someone out there with the tools and skills to circumvent security.
The problem for them is time and the only way to discourage them is to make the task of gaining entry one long “exposed in the open” problem.