A Cardboard Crime Scene Investigation

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How a crime scene could be made possible with a piece of cardboard

A cardboard pizza box by exopixel (via Shutterstock). A crime scene accessory?

A Crime Scene Accessory? A thin strip of cardboard, such as one from this pizza box could be used for lock picking. Image by exopixel (via Shutterstock).

We have lost track of the times where we have waxed lyrical over the versatility of cardboard. In many cases, as furniture; musical instruments; and adorable toy giraffes. This week, we have learned about another use: cardboard as a lock picking device. In other words, the possibility of a cardboard strip being an accessory to theft. Thanks to the Metropolitan Police, here’s a video clip of cardboard’s role in a crime scene.

The crime scene clip shows how easy it is to break into somebody’s house with a piece of cardboard. In the Met Police’s 30 second video, it takes the intruder 10 seconds to break in. How is this possible? The door was unlocked.

Using a strip of cardboard, the intruder signals to his accomplice that the door was left unlocked. Being as it appears to use an old style non-Yale lock, he slides the strip of cardboard into the recess of the door. On touching the latch, the door opens. Within ten seconds.

Where being a hero means preventing a crime scene

Topping the concerns of most Londoners is burglary, hence the Metropolitan Police’s #BeAHero campaign. This is aimed at reminding them how to protect their home through the most simple of measures. Like locking the door afterwards, or having additional locks.

In this second clip, we see a woman being hailed a hero by her community for preventing burglars from getting to her house.

Further Reading:

Romiley Board Mill, 01 December 2016.

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