I was kinda curious if lock picking's legality in other countries. Im a little worried that I might be caught and charge if I am caught possessing lock picking tools or bump keys. And read about this.
Lockpicking is generally allowed when permission is granted to the lockpicker by the owner of the lock. In this sense, picking locks that you own is legal. This is similar to the digital laws that allow you to legally hack your own computer.
Most governments require that the intent to commit a crime be present before possession of lockpicking tools is illegal. For example, crowbars and hammers can be used as burglary tools, but until intent is shown or a crime is committed they cannot be considered burglary tools. The same goes for lockpicking tools.
One important consideration is whether your state, local, or national laws consider possession to be prima facie intent to commit a crime. This establishes that possession of tools is illegal because it is "self evident" that tools will be used for malicious intent. In these jurisdictions it is usually required that you be in one of the following categories to legally possess tools:
- Government/Law Enforcement
- Lock manufacturer/distributor
- Locksmith (certification required, usually)
- Automobile dealer