Detroit Locksport is a free, open, competitive lockpicking group interested in physical security. We meet once a month to pick locks, discuss picking, trade skills, and teach others.

Why do we teach lockpicking to just anyone?

Physical security is no less important now than it ever was before. However, while information security gets so much of the limelight these days (everyone is constantly reminding you to rotate your passwords, major news orgs review antivirus software, etc), very little attention is paid to the security mechanisms you trust to keep safe your homes, workplaces, tangible valuables, and family. We have run tables at street fairs where we’ve taught 5 year old children how to pick the same locks you find on the front doors of nearly all American homes. If a child that young can learn to open the country’s most popular locks in a few minutes, how can you expect them to keep out a determined trespasser? By practicing and demonstrating competitive picking, we hope to open a dialogue with the public about their choices in home security. There are plenty of good locks out there, but they rarely advertise to the public, your local home improvement store doesn’t carry them, and even the neighborhood locksmith often doesn’t let you know they exist. We don’t make specific recommendations very often (we have no sponsors, and we’d like to keep it that way), but we will explain in as much detail as you want the technical aspects of lock mechanics, and features and drawbacks of different systems so you can make an informed decision the next time you update your doors.

Where are our meetings?

Meetings are currently held at OmniCorpDetroit in Eastern Market on the first Thursday of every month at 8:00pm.

How can you become a member?

Membership is free and open to anyone who is interested in participating. To participate, just come to the meetings! There are no dues or fees, all expenses are (almost) covered by the ticket cost at events we host. Events are staffed by volunteers from the group.

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