Re: Confessions of a bolt cutter
I'm wary of responding because I was downvoted for recommending a padlock, and this rambling won't endear me.
I used to be dexterous, I could solder small cubes of wire together. I enjoyed learning about lockpicking but I never mastered it. I never spent much time learning how to pick locks because I worked around them. I invented a pocket ladder to get over MoD fences to avoid vandalism charges for breaking locks or cutting fences.
A "common criminal" I met recommended freezer spray to make locks brittle before smashing them with a hammer - unsubtle, but I was impressed someone outwith the electronics industry knew about freezer spray.
Bike theft is the most common crime in Amsterdam, the stolen bikes are sold on 'Junkie Bridge' by, you know, junkies. Most bikes in Amsterdam are stolen, and so cheap to buy second hand that it's barely worth locking. Instead people who love their bikes weld features on them to make them distinct - a neighbour had huge metal antlers on their handlebars, which was funny but obviously dangerous.
Locks give a false sense of security, but if they are easy to pick then it's a testament to human decency that they aren't picked more. Saying that I caught two local young men trying to break into my parents house and I beat them up. Funnily enough they threatened to call the cops on me. As if. Years later and they are still very polite to me in passing.