"It's hard to find technical details on this subject: locksmiths are relatively close-mouthed about the craft of their trade. Laypeople to professionals will thus find this a winning reference: it covers all types of locks and keys from old-fashioned to modern electromagnetic locks and vending machines, providing the basics of locksmithing and different system operations." --Midwest Book Review, on the Fourth Edition INCLUDES PRACTICE TEST FOR THE RPL EXAM! The standard reference in the field and a comprehensive source often used as a classroom text or for self study Whether you want to learn lockpicking or locksmithing--or want to choose locks that are virtually impossible to defeat--Bill Phillips' classic THE COMPLETE BOOK OF LOCKS AND LOCKSMITHING is perfect. For years the top reference in the field, this book suits everyone from beginners who want to master techniques step by illustrated step, to pros who need an up-to-date, all-inclusive shop manual. This is a book that can help almost everyone, at one time or another, and an insider's guide to every facet of the world of mechanical security. FEATURES: *Complete, illustrated coverage from a master locksmith *The perfect tool for teaching yourself lockpicking and lock fixing *Safe opening and servicing techniques *Coverage of electronic and high security mechanical locks *Auto lock opening and servicing how-to's *Lockmaking instructions *More than 100 new practice exam questions *Lists of tool and equipment sourcesPhillips, Bill is the author of 'Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing', published 2001 under ISBN 9780071374941 and ISBN 0071374949.