Many petty thefts are crimes of opportunity. If something is left in plain sight and it's easy to nab/steal, there's a higher chance someone's going to grab it versus whether or not it's left under lock and key.
Depending on the "area" and how bold certain thieves are in certain areas, you might have to take extra precautions. Years ago I left two backpacks in the backseat of my car while I hopped on a train to NYC for a quick trip. I was gone for a total of three hours from when I boarded the train and lo and behold, when I got back to my car, my back window was smashed to bits, both of the backpacks - gone.
I was more upset that I now had a window to fix, but I should've known better — I did leave my car in Newark. Whenever I kept stuff in my trunk, I never had a problem because out of sight, out of mind.
Same goes for using gym lockers. I can't count the number of times I've "risked it" by leaving my belongings unguarded after I lost my lock. Yes, I'm too lazy to get another one, and if someone really wanted to get at my stuff, they could just use some bolt cutters and make away with my underwear socks and discount Marshalls shoes.
But walking around with bolt cutters does look a wee bit suspicious, especially if you're just waltzing into a locker room. Plus, you have to go through some trouble to hide them. But a tiny screwdriver is another story.
Now if you're buying a fancy-shmancy padlock that has a fingerprint scanner, you'd think the thing would be extra secure, right? It probably wouldn't pack a design flaw so obvious that anyone could take it apart in a few seconds with inconspicuous tools, yeah?
Apparently whoever made this lock doesn't think it's that big of a deal to make it so that just about anyone with a knowledge of what screws are could not only take apart your lock, but put it back together after burgling your stuff and make it look like no funny business happened whatsoever.
What's even crazier than this obviously terrible design is that the company that manufactures and sells these locks provided some baffling logic to who these locks are uncrackable for.
Posted by the Lock Picking Lawyer, a social media account that tests and reviews commercial locks that shows you how easy they are to crack. He reached out to the company to ask them about this brain-numbingly bad design flaw and got this response.
He reached out to the company to explain why he's unable to provide a positive review of their product and makes it very clear why he can't.
Well, not for the company that sells the lock.
For all of you who were wondering “what were they thinking?” ... Well, now you know.— LockPickingLawyer (@LockPickingLwyr) June 15, 2018
Turns out that there are similar locks that are just as easy to break into.
Did u look at a tapp lock also? back cover twists off and then all you need is a screwdriver.— Matt Foley (@saucetweet) June 16, 2018
But all you need to do is screw off its backplate with a go-pro and then get out your phillips head screw driver to take the bad boy apart.
For $100, you'd expect something a bit more secure, no?
Then again, we are talking about crimes of opportunity here and if you just want something that'll inconvenience someone who isn't constantly thinking about jacking your stuff, then it might be fine.
But why pay all that money for something that isn't as functional, secure, or affordable as other offerings on Amazon? This lock costs about half of the Tapp one, sure, it doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, but it's got a lot of good reviews.
Plus, it's got "Rock" in the name, and anything that is remotely related to Dwayne Johnson is awesome.