How to Break Into a Deadbolt Lock

Updated March 21, 2017

Locksmithing is a hobby that can provide hours of entertainment and help to improve fine motor skills as well as the ability to be patient. While it does not apply to all deadbolt locks, some deadbolts are nearly as easy to be picked using standard lock-picking tools as ordinary door locks. It is important to note that breaking a deadbolt lock is illegal if the property does not belong to you and is considered breaking and entering. Only break into locks that are installed on your own property.

Hold the power drill up to the dead bolt lock and drill through the keyhole. This will permanently disable the lock, allowing you to remove the lock once it is open. You may need to drill multiple holes or use a bigger bit in order to break the locking mechanism.

Insert a screwdriver into the lock where the hole has been drilled. Twist the screwdriver, trying to turn or pry the locking arm of the dead bolt lock so that it disengages from the door latch.

Hammer the screwdriver through the dead bolt lock so that it passes all the way through the lock. Remove as many parts of the lock as possible using this technique until the lock can move freely back and forth where the dead bolt used to be located.

Insert the torque tool from the lock picking set into the dead bolt lock, similar to how you would insert a normal key into the lock. Apply a minimal amount of pressure onto the lock in order to prevent any of the pins from becoming engaged into the lock again. It is important to apply a continuous amount of pressure so that once you have disengaged all of the pins from the lock, the torque tool will turn the lock, releasing the dead bolt latch from the door.

Push the pick of the lock picking set in and out from the dead bolt, pushing up on the pick so that the pins are depressed. Eventually, each pin will be set into place, disengaging from the lock. Continue to push the pick in and out of the lock until all of the pins are set.

Push down gently on the torque tool. Once the lock is disengaged from the pins, the lock will begin to spin. Add more pressure on the torque tool so that it's rotation is smooth and pulls the dead bolt's latch from the door.

Things You'll Need

  • Power drill
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Lockpicking set
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David McGuffin is a writer from Asheville, N.C. and began writing professionally in 2009. He has Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and Montreat College in history and music, and a Bachelor of Science in outdoor education. McGuffin is recognized as an Undergraduate Research Scholar for publishing original research on postmodern music theory and analysis.