There’s no getting around it: Keys should always be locked in a safe.
But they’re not, according to a new study.
Read MoreThe researchers found that while a majority of locksmiths in the United States lock their keys in a secure location, a significant minority are actually locking their keys on their own.
In the United Kingdom, for example, the percentage of locks, with at least one key, locked away from the general public has remained constant since 2008.
But the researchers found there was a decline in the percentage with at most two keys locked away.
“The prevalence of lockpicking and the general decline in lockpicking has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of locks in the public domain,” they wrote in their report.
“This has meant that the public is less likely to be able to access or use locks in a meaningful way, leading to a decline of the overall lockpicking community in the U.S.”
According to the researchers, lock picking is a popular hobby for people who love the outdoors and enjoy spending time outdoors.
And while it’s not the only hobby, it is the one that can lead to lockpicking.
“Our findings indicate that the popularity of lock picking has had a significant impact on the prevalence of locking keys, which have now declined by about half in the past five years,” the researchers said.
“While the public has become more aware of the practice of lock-picking, the general population remains unaware of the activities of lock pickers.”
For lock picking, a lock is typically a key to a safe that contains a combination of a lock code, the code for which is known as a key ring.
In order to open a safe, the person with the lock must unlock the safe and then use their fingers to force the key ring to open.