In my lmited experience... I've found that Burglers tend to be very professional, and also somewhat specialists. Hotel creepers tend to stick to hotels, window burglers tend to sneak in windows, Home invaders tend to stick to home invasion etc. One of the most interesting is the bubblegum burgler.
I've also come across a host of unlikely burglers tools. A roll of black tape, Playing cards, store discount cards, A bristle from the brush of a street sweeping vehical, A big channel-lok pliers, and a big screw driver and of course... bubblegum. I am currently involved in an investigation of a series of burglaries. They use the same method that the police use to open doors. The police use a hydraulic jack, and air bag. This crew is using a 2X4, and a automobile jack.
It's difficult to discuss some methods in an open forum. But I'd be very interested in hearing what other people have found burglars using as tools, and methods.
Another thing I find interesting is... Burglars are the only criminal (in my experience) that actually plan for the arival or security, or police.
( sorry if I took it off topic)
I don't know why it is but I haven't heard of any Hotel creepers in about 10 years. We had 1 that I caught so many times we used to say hello to each other when we saw each other on the street.
That is sound advice. No key or combination locking devices are pick or manipulation proof there are only degrees of pick and manipulation resistance. Should one decide on a padlock device ensure you understand the principles of shimming and rapping. If such a device is deemed necessary would it meet the standards contained in MIL-Spec 17-802 (current series) and insist on cam operated shackle heel and toe. Mortise and rim locks should be chosen for the application intended.
Enjoy the day,
I agree with you that picking is possible to each lock only some will be picked easily and some will take time and most of the time tricky to be picked.