How to Pick Your Way Out of Handcuffs

by A Manly Guest Contributor on February 22, 2012 · 65 comments

in Manly Skills, Survival, Tactical Skills

Editor’s note: This post was written by the ITS Tactical Crew and originally ran on ITS Tactical.

Today we’ll be showing you how to pick your way out of handcuffs using only a bobby pin. We realize this may be a sensitive issue to some out there, as this information in the wrong hands could be detrimental; here’s our take.

The current “swinging bow rachet – type” adjustable handcuff design dates back to 1912 when the Peerless Handcuff Company patented it. Even the “double lock,” that we’ll get into later in the article, came about shortly after this. First off, why are we still relying on this outdated technology to keep our officers safe? Why are law enforcement grade handcuffs readily available at nearly any surplus store, readily available to be used on someone during a home invasion? Lastly, why is this simple key design still being used?

It’s an undisputed fact that handcuffs can be picked with a simple bobby pin, which reveals a fundamental problem with the lock design. We feel the more awareness that is brought to this issue, the better.

How to Pick Your Way Out of Handcuffs

Handcuffs, like the Model 100′s made by Smith & Wesson that we’ll show, are in use by law enforcement across the United States and abroad and available to purchase by nearly anyone for around $25.

We hope that articles like this help to convince law enforcement that changes need to be implemented. Unfortunately one of the main reasons it would take a fundamental change across the country, is the simple key design that almost every model of handcuffs uses. Changing the locking mechanism on cuffs would require every single officer to switch to new keys; this could be the main reason no change has ever come about. Especially today, when most law enforcement officers aren’t even issued a trauma kit and are solely dependent on EMS in an emergency situation.

Our reason for presenting this information is not only from an awareness perspective, but also a skill-set perspective. The chances of ever winding up in a situation where you’re unlawfully handcuffed against your will (which means not by a law enforcement officer) are slim, but with the knowledge you’ll gain from this article, you might not ever leave the house without a hidden bobby pin again.

At the very least, one stashed in your wallet will provide some peace of mind.

Lock Mechanics

The way a handcuff key works is simple. The key gets inserted into the lock to its stopping point. The stopping point is just enough to allow the key to slip past the handcuff housing and turn free in the lock.

When the key is resting in the proper position, a turn towards the cuff’s direction of travel will release the single lock. The reason we state “towards the cuff’s direction of travel” is that the direction to turn (clockwise or counter) varies with each cuff.

The double lock is set by taking the opposite side of the handcuff key (pin-like end), inserting it into the horizontal slit in the cuff, and pressing it away from the cuff’s direction of travel.

This engages the double lock and prevents the single lock from releasing until the double lock is unlocked. To do this, the key must now be turned away from the cuff’s direction of travel.

Once the double lock is unlocked, the key cannot be turned towards the cuff’s direction of travel to release the single lock.

Prepping the Bobby Pin

The first step in picking handcuffs is to prep a bobby pin. This is done by bending the bobby pin into a 90˚ angle and removing the plastic tip at the end of the straight section.

After removing the tip, insert the straight-sided bobby pin into the upper portion of the lock on a handcuff. Only insert the pin halfway into the lock–if the pin is inserted all the way in, the proper bend will not be attained.

Next, bend the bobby pin to the left, creating a 90˚ bend. Insert the pin again halfway past the first bend, and bend to the left 90˚. This will create a modified “S” shape (see photo above).

Picking the Single Lock

To pick the single lock, insert the pick (bobby pin) into the upper cutout of the lock pointed towards the cuff’s direction of travel.

Once the pick has been inserted and is resting under the handcuff housing, add tension and press the pick towards the cuff’s direction of travel.

This motion will recreate the key’s raised area pressing against the locking mechanism, and release the cuff.

It will take a while to become proficient at this, and it truly is a skill, so be patient. We’ve added the video below to help illustrate the technique, as well as a few photos.

The photo that shows the cut-away view of the handcuff above, illustrates where your pick will press in order to release the single lock, as well as the double lock.

We highly recommend that you become proficient at the single lock before moving on to the double lock.

Picking the Double Lock

We’ll start explaining picking the double lock by looking at the aforementioned cut-away view of the handcuff. In the photo you can see the arrow pointing at a bar that appears to have a tooth pattern to it.

As we understand it, when the double lock is set, a spring is pushed away from the cuff’s direction of travel, taking the tooth-pattern bar along with it. The tooth renders the single lock inoperable .

When the double lock is unlocked, the bar slides back over and the single lock can be released again.

To mimic the key unlocking the double lock, insert the pick into the upper cutout of the lock as you did with the single lock, but this time point the pick away from the cuff’s direction of travel.

You must maneuver the pick under the handcuff housing and turn it in the direction the key would turn to release the double lock.

The double lock takes more pressure to move and thus requires more tension against the pick. What happens is the pick, when in the right location, presses the bar on the double lock and releases it.

After the double lock is disengaged, you’ll still need to pick the single lock too.

Notes

The best thing to do is get your own pair of handcuffs and study the movement of the key while it’s unlocking the single and double locks, which will give you a better idea of how to maneuver your pick. There are also cut-away trainers for sale to further aid in visualizing how everything works.

**These lock picking tips and techniques provided in this article are only to be used in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws and provided for lock sport (recreational lock picking) use only. Lock sport should be used to learn about the illusion of security, and how to properly protect yourself and your possessions. Don’t do anything illegal.**

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1 Tyler Smith February 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I’d be curious to how many criminals pick their way out of handcuffs each year.

2 Gregor February 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Now try it double locked, with your hands cuffed behind you, while sitting in the backseat of a car.

3 Charlie February 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

As a parent, I think this vital information. Every day I embark on a day of Houdini-level escapes and David Copperfield illusions. This article is rad.

4 Laurence February 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

AOM and ITS have to be two of my favorite sites to check out on a daily basis. Great post!

5 five-oh February 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Hey guys… I know the article ran somewhere else first, but that’s no real reason to re-post it here. We’re using old technology, yes, but it’s what we have right now, and until something better comes along we’d like to stay safe. Plenty of bad guys already know how to do this, and I could show you three other ways to get them off, (a guy in prison could probably show you 10), but still… help us stay safe out there, a little, please?

6 eric February 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Locksport is something often associated with hacking. I learned some through my local hacker convention and hackerspace. Rather fun.

7 JJ February 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

The idea that ordinary citizens shouldn’t know how to pick their way out of handcuffs because cops use them on bad guys, is as ridiculous as saying that ordinary citizens shouldn’t learn how to shoot a gun because cops use them on bad guys. The knowledge should be out there for everyone, even if that means that some bad guys will get a hold of it.

8 Josh February 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Except that when people are in handcuffs, it’s because they’ve done something illegal…not so much with gun ownership.

9 JJ February 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm
10 Shaftway February 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I always learned that handcuffs were never meant to be unpickable, unbreakable, or any fool proof method of detaining someone. They’re a convenient method of temporarily binding someone’s hands, but that person is still not to be trusted not to escape or be able to do something else stupid.

@Josh: I’ve had to pick my way out of handcuffs. Not because I was under arrest, but because my college roommates thought it would be clever to handcuff me to a stop sign in the middle of nowhere while I was passed out drunk.

And the single-key thing is an advantage, not a problem. This way a person can be easily transferred without any problem of making sure the other officer has matching keys. After all, if the cops standardized on something else, it’d be just as easy to make a copy and be able to use that.

11 The Dutch Dastard February 23, 2012 at 3:33 am

First: great article and great fun to try! But for all practical intents and purposes, wouldn’t it be much and much easier to carry a standard key in your wallet?

12 Frank February 23, 2012 at 3:34 am

The funny thing about this article is this; if you’re so worried about learning how to get out of handcuffs, learn how to defend yourself or never compromise yourself so you never get put in them. This article over simplifies how difficult it truly is to pick a properly applied set of cuffs. Unlike most of the articles I read on this site, this skill has no bearing on manliness. Save this type of story for the anti-government, anti-police, anti-everything sites and stick to what you’re good at.

13 KP February 23, 2012 at 4:48 am

Yeah! Be a man by learning how to escape from the police! Next week on AoM: hotwiring a car like a real man would!

14 Bruce Williamson February 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

Regarding bad guys learning this: I doubt any bad guys subscribe or read the AoM web site.

15 OJ Simpson February 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

Bruce Williamson, lets agree to disagree

16 Bruce February 23, 2012 at 8:29 am

Actually, KP, I think knowing how to hotwire a car would be a very useful skill to know and AOM should consider publishing an article about it. The bad guys find the information one way or another, why shouldn’t the good guys be informed in case a situation, however unlikely, were to arise when that particular skill-set would come in handy?

For instance, siphoning gas is an act many would relate to criminal behavior, however, it can be used for purely innocent reasons or even in a survival situation.

I just don’t see any valid reason to attack this article. I mean, what next? Should AOM take off the articles about boxing since they could possibly teach bad people how to fight better?

17 E. B. Van Arsdale February 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

This information is pretty harmless.
1. cuffs are a designed to be a temporary restraint. 2.They are not easy to pick with your hands behind you palms facing outward and the keyholes in the proper position. 3.If you get caught by an officer trying to slip your cuffs, bad things happen. 4. If cuffed by amateurs your fingers will be virtually useless in about a minute because of loss of blood circulation and pressure against the ulnar nerve.

Besides there are faster ways to pick a single locked pair of cuffs.

Take this post for its entertainment value, The person on the video could easily be cuffed with a standard set of S&W 100′s and he would be unable to pick them in any practical amount of time. Most people who escape from police cuffs were improperly cuffed in the first place.

Look on ITS youtube channel for the videos on how to escape the hardware store zip ties more commonly used by terrorists and kidnappers. The information is much more practical.

18 Native Sone February 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

On the ability of being able to do this to yourself, by yourself:
1. The ability to do this also depends a lot on how you’re cuffed.
2. Tthere are variants of handcuff design that are not total duplicates of the pre WWI technology described or shown in the photos.
3. Handcuffs use a single key design simply because it is simple. Imagine the administrative and practical problems of a large police department, where every pair of handcuffs has a unique lock and key.

19 Danny February 23, 2012 at 10:53 am

Men dont wear bobby pins. Ha!

20 Jack February 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

“The chances of ever winding up in a situation where you’re unlawfully handcuffed against your will (which means not by a law enforcement officer)”

Being handcuffed goes against my will, PERIOD. I do not *ever* give my consent to being assaulted by anyone like this, including becostumed mercenaries.

21 Chicken February 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

This is definitely a great guide on law enforcement escape! Wonder if there are any criminals reading this…

22 jamfan55 February 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

These are TOY handcuffs, they’ve been obsolete for over 30 years.
Professional LEOs use handcuffs that take a round key, similar to the locks on soda machines. NO WAY you’re gonna pick those!

23 Claude February 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

I think most of the reasons to not post this article have already been de-bunked, so I won’t add to that. However no one has addressed Frank’s statement yet, so

@ Frank
You’re making the assumption that if you know self defense, you will never be taken down. Pretty naive and dangerous way to think, my friend. You may be a true bad ass, but there’s always someone tougher, and criminals fight dirty, sneak in when you’re asleep, ambush, etc.

24 Brandon Weldy February 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

This is some great stuff. I mean I would never think that I would compromise myself to be detained like that but it would be a great skill to have. It would also make for some fun father son time when my boys get older (hopefully just to teach them the skill and not so they would use it improperly).

25 Cory B in B.A. Ok February 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

Great article, although I was a little disturbed by this comment: “The chances of ever winding up in a situation where you’re unlawfully handcuffed against your will (which means not by a law enforcement officer) are slim,”. I understand our CYA attitude today given our overly litigious society; however, let us not forget to be vigilant about standing up for our constitutional rights. In our ever-increasing police state called the U.S, you may very well find yourself unlawfully placed in handcuffs by the police.

26 cowtown February 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

Police in Canada use zap straps. Cheaper, lighter, and you can’t pick them.

27 Brian M February 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

“The chances of ever winding up in a situation where you’re unlawfully handcuffed against your will (which means not by a law enforcement officer) are slim,”

That comment is so unmanly and anti-american it staggers the imagination.

28 Rob February 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

A short YouTube video on how to break out of zip-ties: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F97t_vgN6NE
(Note: More strength and pain tolerance is required.)

29 Eric February 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

@Gregor – Very good point. That’s why they make these:
http://www.magnalight.com/c-95-Plastic-Handcuff-Key-.aspx
Not as impressive, but more practical.

30 Dana LaBerge February 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Couldn’t you just get the pair of handcuffs and use the key to get out? Thanks for the links to buy cuffs so we can do it the easy way.

31 Chris Fowler February 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

If she put hand cuffs on me why would I want out?

32 jake February 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

If handcuffs are properly placed on the person being cuffed they wont be able to pick the lock because the key hole will be out of reach of the person’s fingers.

33 Keith February 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Shims work better and easier, just slide the shim into the latch and try to tighten the latch a bit and the shim will allow the cuff to undo itself.

34 Stephen February 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

why not just store a key in your wallet?

35 Mel February 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Most cops and jail personnel are going to do our jobs in the easiest way possible. That’s why a single key for most cuffs and shackles. The key (pun intended) to good LE is to be throrough in searching a prisoner, and to be vigilant when guarding one. Good article, BTW. This info won’t compromise anyone in LE, honest.

36 Kev February 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

The reason handcuffs don’t have a more complicated and harder to pick lock system is that they’re not intended for long term confinement, only until you’re able to place them in a cell or holding area. After searching someone, you should be reasonably sure that they have no materials which can be used to pick the lock.

37 Brendoon February 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Danny hit it on the head…. not all of us are manly enough to be captured along with a handily bobby pinned femme fatale, yet are still too manly to wear any kind of feminine apparatus in our short, manly locks.

Where do we GET a bobby pin if some kid decides to use some of these novelty cuffs on us?

Hmm… we don’t even carry billfolds in this age.

That’s it, I’m keeping my hands where I can see ‘em!

38 Josh February 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Lock picking is a good skill to know for a couple of lawful reasons. First, handcuffs are easy to buy and it’s often embarrassing to call a locksmith if you lose the key (e.g. bedroom play, drunken prank). This applies doubly so for normal locks, as everyone occasionally gets locked out of something they own. Second, it’s critically important to understand that no security is perfect. Most locks are trivial to bypass, a fact few know and many are terrified by. IMHO, that’s why people hate this type of article, it shatters their illusion of security.

39 James Petzke February 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Great post, I’ve always seen this in movies, but never really looked into it. Thanks for sharing this!

40 Prateek Modi February 24, 2012 at 12:36 am

Another different post which we all have seen in the movies but never really figured out how to do it ourselves. Though I hope I never land up in a jail. If I do, I’ll know what to do! thanks!

41 Anthony February 24, 2012 at 4:25 am

I understand that this is information that anyone can google or go to YouTube and find on their own, but what possible good can re-posting this do? I have been a copper for 10 years, my dad 30 before me and gramps 30 before him. In a large metro area mind you. Over 70 years of experience there, and with one exception (Gacy) we have never seen or heard of anyone that didn’t belong in handcuffs being put in handcuffs. With the G8 and NATO summits rapidly approaching my city and the intel we are receiving about different protest groups, mostly peaceful but some not so much I feel it is irresponsible to re-post information like this. I for one will not be returning to this site.

42 Mike February 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

I agree with Anthony. I am a 30-year veteran police officer and, although most of the posts are true (hard to do, no access to bobby pins, etc.), why put it out there again? If anyone thinks that only “good guys” look at this site, they are mistaken. As it probably won’t cause the death or injury to an officer, it certainly doen’t help. I have always carried exactly those-type cuffs (issued to me). I can think of one situation of an officer being killed after the prisoner overcame the cuffs, and another where an escaped prisoner had concealed his lock pick. By the way, if an officer is struggling with a bad guy to handcuff him, the guy will probably end up handcuffed “improperly.” I like this site, but this article is irresponsible. The remote chance of havng to get out of a stupid prank does not justify supplying information that doesn’t need to be supplied.

43 LT February 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I have been arresting people since the early 90s and have had some either slip out of the cuffs or step through them. I worry more about that than someone using a bobby pin to pick the locking mechanism. Of all the post here, E. B. Van Arsdale was the closest to a real world reply. The cuffs I use (and bought on my own dime) utilize a different double locking “push pin” style instead of the S&W model 100. Hopefully, that design change in conjunction with behind the back placement and lock holes facing up, will be enough to discourage a lock pick attempt.

I can tell you that an arrestee attempting to get out of his/her cuffs is an aggressive action and is met with counteractions that rapidly convince said arrestee that the idea was foolish to begin with.

Dilligence is key. With today’s patrol oriented camera systems, I can watch my prisoners live on my laptop while I drive them to wherever I have to take them. Any movement that is suspicious in nature gets the car stopped and investigated….and it is all documented and recorded.

Fellow officers would be well advised to assume everyone they put in cuffs will try to get out of them and take steps necessary to ensure that their prisoners don’t have the tools to attempt it. Until they come up with an “app for that” and you can pick a set with a cellphone, I am no more worried today than I was years ago. It’s rare that I even find pocket knives on the men I arrest now. Phones? Yeah, plenty of phones. Bobby pins? Haven’t found one yet. Besides, there are easier, faster, and better ways to get out of a set of cuffs. I’ll refrain from sharing them.

But the part about hoping bringing this to light in hopes that some changes might be made in the LE world? That’s laughable at best and is a thinly veiled attempt at avoiding litigation or hurting someone’s feelings. You lose cool points for that. Not a ton of cool points but enough to offset some of the finer articles here.

Regards.

Regards.

44 RDN February 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Why would you post this? Are you stupid?

45 RDN February 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Why would you post this? Are you stupid or just giving some useful information to the zombie land creatures from mobile home parks!

46 Pete February 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm

@JJ. If someone is breaking into my house I wouldn’t be going for my device to pick handcuffs. I would be going for 1 of my firearms to end before I’m handcuffed or better yet tied up (don’t think a dirtbag is required to carry handcuffs).

47 Frank February 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Why is everyone focusing on the extremely unlikely circumstance that one would be handcuffed by police or an evil doer – unless AOM and ITS readers are nefarious enough to be doing illegal things, or hanging around in really bad neighborhoods, it’s relatively unlikely that you’re going to be handcuffed by these types of folks.

Now for a real situation that this could ACTUALLY come in useful – suppose you forgot your wife’s birthday, or made a really really stupid comment about those jeans and her butt actually looking big. Well now suppose your wife is actually a clever little she-devil and doesn’t say a word about this. Instead she waits… A week later she’s still angry, but decides it would be wonderful to have a “naughty night” alone with you – and she slips on the “fuzzy handcuffs”, and leaves the room for a “moment.” Half an hour later you realize that she isn’t coming back, and that’s about the time that you realize that she replaced the “fuzzy cuffs” with real cuffs. You really need to go to the bathroom, but hey, she’s not coming back for awhile, and you’re stuck in REAL cuffs.

I hate to admit it, but my scenario is a much more likely situation for any of us to be in. Now – get yourself free of you’re wife’s evil trap, drain the snake, go buy her some roses, candy, and a new necklace, and apologize.

48 Xenocles February 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

“The chances of ever winding up in a situation where you’re unlawfully handcuffed against your will (which means not by a law enforcement officer)”

Because if a LEO does it it’s inherently lawful, right?

49 Indy February 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

Sorry to… wait… not sorry. Some of you LEO’s out there are nothing but selfrightious jerks (for lack of being able to say what I really want to call you here…). Some of you have claimed here that you are always right, the public is always wrong, and “nobody is put in cuffs unless they are a bad guy or doing something wrong”…. I’m pretty sure we all know, including you who make these statements, are full of BS regarding that. So can we please drop the PC public image holier than thou crap????

Good.

Now, to dispell all of you LEO’s that are currently thinking I’m a criminal or a miscreant or even just a nut job. I’m trained as an EMT, this requires a clean background and a good caring deminor. Not having anything to do with guard cards which I have had multiple of in the past, I currently hold two security clearances, one for the state of California, and one for the US Navy… I have been a childrens ski instructor, held a youth protection certification, and am prior service US Army Aviation with an honorable discharge. Oh, and I have worn S&W cuffs on my tac belt, one reg, one restricter, for several years and only had to use them for buisness once. I’m not going to talk about all the off duty fun which is why I’m on this blog and laughing with the guy who’s wife switched out the fuzzy cuffs. I will however talk about the more times than I wish to remember or count on two hands that I have been placed in cuffs by LEO’s and then left sitting on the sidewalk or in the back of their car for an hour to hours instead of leaving me in my vehicle with whatever girlfriend whom never seems to get touched by the LEO while he ransacks my vehicle looking for anything to justify keeping me in cuffs. Mind you, other than a few speeding infractions, I have NEVER done anything wrong, am anti-drug, and have several friends and relatives who are LEO’s, and I have had dealings with LEO’s that were nice as can be and there was never a problem as we both went along our merry way. But I have been detained, harrassed, painfully cuffed for extended lengths until I’m flopping like a fish begging and grovelling for them to be loosened, and in all cases released and sent on my merry way from the scene. Doesn’t sound right does it? You might be thinking I look like a gangster or have a bad attitude with the LEO’s, but no. I’m white, well off, clean cut, friendly and polite ALWAYS. I have chearfully followed instructions and been as helpful as possible right into the damned cuffs every time. I hate southern California…. lol. I was once detained with tight cuffs on for three hours in the back of a squad car in the middle of the day, about 20 squad vehicles, and thirty LEO’s all enjoying themselves and socializing while harrassing me, harrassing my friend and his girlfriend who were allowed to stand nearby, while they played with and threw my empty antique family heirloom revolver down on their squad cars, chucked it into their vehicles consoles, and tossed it letting it hit the pavement several times… all because I went out that morning to have breakfast with friends and am apart of the legal open carry movement. I was the only one carrying and it was open, unloaded, and on the hip totally exposed other than being strapped down. I won’t get into the debate here on open carry or the fact its our constitutional right to own and bare arms as this is supposed to be about picking cuffs. So… after three hours, I was released on the spot, yelled at some more, and had to refuse taking my firearm back for about 15 minutes until I could get feeling in my hands enough to hold it without dropping it, then allowed to reholster my weapon as I was completely legal, and allowed to walk away down the street still armed……….. this was in southern california, in the middle of a major city, done by a well known county LEO department.

So… you all tell me. Do people get put in cuffs by LEO’s pushing their own agendas and not following the letter OR more importantly the spirit of the law??? Do people get put into cuffs and have them put on viciously tight to cause tourcher by intent of out of control bully LEO’s (who in my personal belief were pushed into being nasty to the public by their morally out of touch training methods which make them mean to the public as SOP)????? Do people after doing nothing wrong get put into handcuffs and then released without charges without ever leaving the location they were detained at??? And I’m sorry but if you get cuffs put on you and or you are locked into a car or building against your will, you are arrested and no longer detained. I hate PC crap! Yes, arrested means you are charged with something. Soooo….. if you can’t charge somebody with something when you decide to put them in cuffs, THEN YOU HAVE NO REASON TO PUT THEM IN CUFFS AND ARE IN A SENSE COMMITING ASSAULT AND KIDNAPPING!!

Sooooo……… With the freedom of speech and the freedom to not have to put up with selfrightious overbaring LEO’s and as there is no law in the constitution or anywhere else in the U.S. that says its illegal to know how to pick a handcuff, I say SHUT UP and relearn your places as public servants, not public bully dictators! If I want to pick the cuffs you have put on me for no reason so I can atleast loosen them to restore bloodflow so be it! I wouldn’t have to if you guys would do your jobs with professionalism and above that curtisy!!! And if I want to remove my hands from behind my back and hand you your cuffs when you say I’m free to go, well…. what can I say?? Shake it off and laugh. I am. I’m already free to go so what’s the point of blowing up and making an international incident out of it??? As for the LEO that pointed out in a previous post that the arrested person in the back of his squad car is constantly monitored and would be dealt with… I agree and applaud you there. They are arrested. They shouldn’t be getting out of the cuffs. I wouldn’t try as all I want this for is as a parlor and comfort trick just in case the several keys including the hidakey are ever found and removed from me….

Thank you for reading this long rant.

Now I predict a lot of nastey LEO responses….. GO!!!….

50 Indy February 28, 2012 at 7:29 am

Sorry to… wait… not sorry. Some of you LEO’s out there are nothing but selfrightious ……. (for lack of being able to say what I really want to call you here…). Some of you have claimed here that you are always right, the public is always wrong, and “nobody is put in cuffs unless they are a bad guy or doing something wrong”…. I’m pretty sure we all know, including you who make these statements, are full of BS regarding that. So can we please drop the PC public image holier than thou BS????

Good.

Now, to dispell all of you LEO’s that are currently thinking I’m a criminal or a miscreant or even just a nut job. I’m trained as an EMT, this requires a clean background and a good caring deminor. Not having anything to do with guard cards which I have had multiple of in the past, I currently hold two security clearances, one for the state of California, and one for the US Navy… I have been a childrens ski instructor, held a youth protection certification, and am prior service US Army Aviation with an honorable discharge. Oh, and I have worn S&W cuffs on my tac belt, one reg, one restricter, for several years and only had to use them for buisness once. I’m not going to talk about all the off duty fun which is why I’m on this blog and laughing with the guy who’s wife switched out the fuzzy cuffs. I will however talk about the more times than I wish to remember or count on two hands that I have been placed in cuffs by LEO’s and then left sitting on the sidewalk or in the back of their car for an hour to hours instead of leaving me in my vehicle with whatever girlfriend whom never seems to get touched by the LEO while he ransacks my vehicle looking for anything to justify keeping me in cuffs. Mind you, other than a few speeding infractions, I have NEVER done anything wrong, am anti-drug, and have several friends and relatives who are LEO’s, and I have had dealings with LEO’s that were nice as can be and there was never a problem as we both went along our merry way. But I have been detained, harrassed, painfully cuffed for extended lengths until I’m flopping like a fish begging and grovelling for them to be loosened, and in all cases released and sent on my merry way from the scene. Doesn’t sound right does it? You might be thinking I look like a gangster or have a bad attitude with the LEO’s, but no. I’m white, well off, clean cut, friendly and polite ALWAYS. I have chearfully followed instructions and been as helpful as possible right into the damned cuffs every time. I hate southern California…. lol. I was once detained with tight cuffs on for three hours in the back of a squad car in the middle of the day, about 20 squad vehicles, and thirty LEO’s all enjoying themselves and socializing while harrassing me, harrassing my friend and his girlfriend who were allowed to stand nearby, while they played with and threw my empty antique family heirloom revolver down on their squad cars, chucked it into their vehicles consoles, and tossed it letting it hit the pavement several times… all because I went out that morning to have breakfast with friends and am apart of the legal open carry movement. I was the only one carrying and it was open, unloaded, and on the hip totally exposed other than being strapped down. I won’t get into the debate here on open carry or the fact its our constitutional right to own and bare arms as this is supposed to be about picking cuffs. So… after three hours, I was released on the spot, yelled at some more, and had to refuse taking my firearm back for about 15 minutes until I could get feeling in my hands enough to hold it without dropping it, then allowed to reholster my weapon as I was completely legal, and allowed to walk away down the street still armed……….. this was in southern california, in the middle of a major city, done by a well known county LEO department.

So… you all tell me. Do people get put in cuffs by LEO’s pushing their own agendas and not following the letter OR more importantly the spirit of the law??? Do people get put into cuffs and have them put on viciously tight to cause tourcher by intent of out of control bully LEO’s (who in my personal belief were pushed into being nasty to the public by their morally out of touch training methods which make them mean to the public as SOP)????? Do people after doing nothing wrong get put into handcuffs and then released without charges without ever leaving the location they were detained at??? And I’m sorry but if you get cuffs put on you and or you are locked into a car or building against your will, you are arrested and no longer detained. I hate PC bs! Yes, arrested means you are charged with something. Soooo….. if you can’t charge somebody with something when you decide to put them in cuffs, THEN YOU HAVE NO REASON TO PUT THEM IN CUFFS AND ARE IN A SENSE COMMITING ASSAULT AND KIDNAPPING!!

Sooooo……… With the freedom of speech and the freedom to not have to put up with selfrightious overbaring LEO’s and as there is no law in the constitution or anywhere else in the U.S. that says its illegal to know how to pick a handcuff, I say SHUT UP and relearn your places as public servants, not public bully dictators! If I want to pick the cuffs you have put on me for no reason so I can atleast loosen them to restore bloodflow so be it! I wouldn’t have to if you guys would do your jobs with professionalism and above that curtisy!!! And if I want to remove my hands from behind my back and hand you your cuffs when you say I’m free to go, well…. what can I say?? Shake it off and laugh. I am. I’m already free to go so what’s the point of blowing up and making an international incident out of it??? As for the LEO that pointed out in a previous post that the arrested person in the back of his squad car is constantly monitored and would be dealt with… I agree and applaud you there. They are arrested. They shouldn’t be getting out of the cuffs. I wouldn’t try as all I want this for is as a parlor and comfort trick just in case the several keys including the hidakey are ever found and removed from me….

Thank you for reading this long rant.

Now I predict a lot of nastey LEO responses….. GO!!!….

51 Indy February 28, 2012 at 7:31 am

Sorry to… wait… not sorry. Some of you LEO’s out there are nothing but selfrightious ……. (for lack of being able to say what I really want to call you here…). Some of you have claimed here that you are always right, the public is always wrong, and “nobody is put in cuffs unless they are a bad guy or doing something wrong”…. I’m pretty sure we all know, including you who make these statements, are full of BS regarding that. So can we please drop the PC public image holier than thou BS????

Good.

Now, to dispell all of you LEO’s that are currently thinking I’m a criminal or a miscreant or even just a nut job. I’m trained as an EMT, this requires a clean background and a good caring deminor. Not having anything to do with guard cards which I have had multiple of in the past, I currently hold two security clearances, one for the state of California, and one for the US Navy… I have been a childrens ski instructor, held a youth protection certification, and am prior service US Army Aviation with an honorable discharge. Oh, and I have worn S&W cuffs on my tac belt, one reg, one restricter, for several years and only had to use them for buisness once. I’m not going to talk about all the off duty fun which is why I’m on this blog and laughing with the guy who’s wife switched out the fuzzy cuffs. I will however talk about the more times than I wish to remember or count on two hands that I have been placed in cuffs by LEO’s and then left sitting on the sidewalk or in the back of their car for an hour to hours instead of leaving me in my vehicle with whatever girlfriend whom never seems to get touched by the LEO while he ransacks my vehicle looking for anything to justify keeping me in cuffs. Mind you, other than a few speeding infractions, I have NEVER done anything wrong, am anti-drug, and have several friends and relatives who are LEO’s, and I have had dealings with LEO’s that were nice as can be and there was never a problem as we both went along our merry way. But I have been detained, harrassed, painfully cuffed for extended lengths until I’m flopping like a fish begging and grovelling for them to be loosened, and in all cases released and sent on my merry way from the scene. Doesn’t sound right does it? You might be thinking I look like a gangster or have a bad attitude with the LEO’s, but no. I’m white, well off, clean cut, friendly and polite ALWAYS. I have chearfully followed instructions and been as helpful as possible right into the damned cuffs every time. I hate southern California…. lol. I was once detained with tight cuffs on for three hours in the back of a squad car in the middle of the day, about 20 squad vehicles, and thirty LEO’s all enjoying themselves and socializing while harrassing me, harrassing my friend and his girlfriend who were allowed to stand nearby, while they played with and threw my empty antique family heirloom revolver down on their squad cars, chucked it into their vehicles consoles, and tossed it letting it hit the pavement several times… all because I went out that morning to have breakfast with friends and am apart of the legal open carry movement. I was the only one carrying and it was open, unloaded, and on the hip totally exposed other than being strapped down. I won’t get into the debate here on open carry or the fact its our constitutional right to own and bare arms as this is supposed to be about picking cuffs. So… after three hours, I was released on the spot, yelled at some more, and had to refuse taking my firearm back for about 15 minutes until I could get feeling in my hands enough to hold it without dropping it, then allowed to reholster my weapon as I was completely legal, and allowed to walk away down the street still armed……….. this was in southern california, in the middle of a major city, done by a well known county LEO department.

So… you all tell me. Do people get put in cuffs by LEO’s pushing their own agendas and not following the letter OR more importantly the spirit of the law??? Do people get put into cuffs and have them put on viciously tight to cause tourcher by intent of out of control bully LEO’s (who in my personal belief were pushed into being nasty to the public by their morally out of touch training methods which make them mean to the public as SOP)????? Do people after doing nothing wrong get put into handcuffs and then released without charges without ever leaving the location they were detained at??? And I’m sorry but if you get cuffs put on you and or you are locked into a car or building against your will, you are arrested and no longer detained. I hate PC bs! Yes, arrested means you are charged with something. Soooo….. if you can’t charge somebody with something when you decide to put them in cuffs, THEN YOU HAVE NO REASON TO PUT THEM IN CUFFS AND ARE IN A SENSE COMMITING A$SAULT AND KIDNAPPING!!

Sooooo……… With the freedom of speech and the freedom to not have to put up with selfrightious overbaring LEO’s and as there is no law in the constitution or anywhere else in the U.S. that says its illegal to know how to pick a handcuff, I say SHUT UP and relearn your places as public servants, not public bully dictators! If I want to pick the cuffs you have put on me for no reason so I can atleast loosen them to restore bloodflow so be it! I wouldn’t have to if you guys would do your jobs with professionalism and above that curtisy!!! And if I want to remove my hands from behind my back and hand you your cuffs when you say I’m free to go, well…. what can I say?? Shake it off and laugh. I am. I’m already free to go so what’s the point of blowing up and making an international incident out of it??? As for the LEO that pointed out in a previous post that the arrested person in the back of his squad car is constantly monitored and would be dealt with… I agree and applaud you there. They are arrested. They shouldn’t be getting out of the cuffs. I wouldn’t try as all I want this for is as a parlor and comfort trick just in case the several keys including the hidakey are ever found and removed from me….

Thank you for reading this long rant.

Now I predict a lot of nastey LEO responses….. GO!!!….

52 Indy February 28, 2012 at 7:32 am

Sorry to… wait… not sorry. Some of you LEO’s out there are nothing but selfrightious ……. (for lack of being able to say what I really want to call you here…). Some of you have claimed here that you are always right, the public is always wrong, and “nobody is put in cuffs unless they are a bad guy or doing something wrong”…. I’m pretty sure we all know, including you who make these statements, are full of BS regarding that. So can we please drop the PC public image holier than thou BS????

Good.

Now, to dispell all of you LEO’s that are currently thinking I’m a criminal or a miscreant or even just a nut job. I’m trained as an EMT, this requires a clean background and a good caring deminor. Not having anything to do with guard cards which I have had multiple of in the past, I currently hold two security clearances, one for the state of California, and one for the US Navy… I have been a childrens ski instructor, held a youth protection certification, and am prior service US Army Aviation with an honorable discharge. Oh, and I have worn S&W cuffs on my tac belt, one reg, one restricter, for several years and only had to use them for buisness once. I’m not going to talk about all the off duty fun which is why I’m on this blog and laughing with the guy who’s wife switched out the fuzzy cuffs. I will however talk about the more times than I wish to remember or count on two hands that I have been placed in cuffs by LEO’s and then left sitting on the sidewalk or in the back of their car for an hour to hours instead of leaving me in my vehicle with whatever girlfriend whom never seems to get touched by the LEO while he ransacks my vehicle looking for anything to justify keeping me in cuffs. Mind you, other than a few speeding infractions, I have NEVER done anything wrong, am anti-drug, and have several friends and relatives who are LEO’s, and I have had dealings with LEO’s that were nice as can be and there was never a problem as we both went along our merry way. But I have been detained, harrassed, painfully cuffed for extended lengths until I’m flopping like a fish begging and grovelling for them to be loosened, and in all cases released and sent on my merry way from the scene. Doesn’t sound right does it? You might be thinking I look like a gangster or have a bad attitude with the LEO’s, but no. I’m white, well off, clean cut, friendly and polite ALWAYS. I have chearfully followed instructions and been as helpful as possible right into the damned cuffs every time. I hate southern California…. lol. I was once detained with tight cuffs on for three hours in the back of a squad car in the middle of the day, about 20 squad vehicles, and thirty LEO’s all enjoying themselves and socializing while harrassing me, harrassing my friend and his girlfriend who were allowed to stand nearby, while they played with and threw my empty antique family heirloom revolver down on their squad cars, chucked it into their vehicles consoles, and tossed it letting it hit the pavement several times… all because I went out that morning to have breakfast with friends and am apart of the legal open carry movement. I was the only one carrying and it was open, unloaded, and on the hip totally exposed other than being strapped down. I won’t get into the debate here on open carry or the fact its our constitutional right to own and bare arms as this is supposed to be about picking cuffs. So… after three hours, I was released on the spot, yelled at some more, and had to refuse taking my firearm back for about 15 minutes until I could get feeling in my hands enough to hold it without dropping it, then allowed to reholster my weapon as I was completely legal, and allowed to walk away down the street still armed……….. this was in southern california, in the middle of a major city, done by a well known county LEO department.

So… you all tell me. Do people get put in cuffs by LEO’s pushing their own agendas and not following the letter OR more importantly the spirit of the law??? Do people get put into cuffs and have them put on viciously tight to cause tourcher by intent of out of control bully LEO’s (who in my personal belief were pushed into being nasty to the public by their morally out of touch training methods which make them mean to the public as SOP)????? Do people after doing nothing wrong get put into handcuffs and then released without charges without ever leaving the location they were detained at??? And I’m sorry but if you get cuffs put on you and or you are locked into a car or building against your will, you are arrested and no longer detained. I hate PC bs! Yes, arrested means you are charged with something. Soooo….. if you can’t charge somebody with something when you decide to put them in cuffs, THEN YOU HAVE NO REASON TO PUT THEM IN CUFFS AND ARE IN A SENSE COMMITING A S S A U L T AND KIDNAPPING!!

Sooooo……… With the freedom of speech and the freedom to not have to put up with selfrightious overbaring LEO’s and as there is no law in the constitution or anywhere else in the U.S. that says its illegal to know how to pick a handcuff, I say SHUT UP and relearn your places as public servants, not public bully dictators! If I want to pick the cuffs you have put on me for no reason so I can atleast loosen them to restore bloodflow so be it! I wouldn’t have to if you guys would do your jobs with professionalism and above that curtisy!!! And if I want to remove my hands from behind my back and hand you your cuffs when you say I’m free to go, well…. what can I say?? Shake it off and laugh. I am. I’m already free to go so what’s the point of blowing up and making an international incident out of it??? As for the LEO that pointed out in a previous post that the arrested person in the back of his squad car is constantly monitored and would be dealt with… I agree and applaud you there. They are arrested. They shouldn’t be getting out of the cuffs. I wouldn’t try as all I want this for is as a parlor and comfort trick just in case the several keys including the hidakey are ever found and removed from me….

Thank you for reading this long rant.

Now I predict a lot of nastey LEO responses….. GO!!!….

53 Indy February 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

Sorry to… wait… not sorry. Some of you LEO’s out there are nothing but selfrightious ……. (for lack of being able to say what I really want to call you here…). Some of you have claimed here that you are always right, the public is always wrong, and “nobody is put in cuffs unless they are a bad guy or doing something wrong”…. I’m pretty sure we all know, including you who make these statements, are full of BS regarding that. So can we please drop the PC public image holier than thou BS????

Good.

Now, to dispell all of you LEO’s that are currently thinking I’m a criminal or a miscreant or even just a nut job. I’m trained as an EMT, this requires a clean background and a good caring deminor. Not having anything to do with guard cards which I have had multiple of in the past, I currently hold two security clearances, one for the state of California, and one for the US Navy… I have been a childrens ski instructor, held a youth protection certification, and am prior service US Army Aviation with an honorable discharge. Oh, and I have worn S&W cuffs on my tac belt, one reg, one restricter, for several years and only had to use them for buisness once. I’m not going to talk about all the off duty fun which is why I’m on this blog and laughing with the guy who’s wife switched out the fuzzy cuffs. I will however talk about the more times than I wish to remember or count on two hands that I have been placed in cuffs by LEO’s and then left sitting on the sidewalk or in the back of their car for an hour to hours instead of leaving me in my vehicle with whatever girlfriend whom never seems to get touched by the LEO while he ransacks my vehicle looking for anything to justify keeping me in cuffs. Mind you, other than a few speeding infractions, I have NEVER done anything wrong, am anti-drug, and have several friends and relatives who are LEO’s, and I have had dealings with LEO’s that were nice as can be and there was never a problem as we both went along our merry way. But I have been detained, harrassed, painfully cuffed for extended lengths until I’m flopping like a fish begging and grovelling for them to be loosened, and in all cases released and sent on my merry way from the scene. Doesn’t sound right does it? You might be thinking I look like a gangster or have a bad attitude with the LEO’s, but no. I’m white, well off, clean cut, friendly and polite ALWAYS. I have chearfully followed instructions and been as helpful as possible right into the damned cuffs every time. I hate southern California…. lol. I was once detained with tight cuffs on for three hours in the back of a squad car in the middle of the day, about 20 squad vehicles, and thirty LEO’s all enjoying themselves and socializing while harrassing me, harrassing my friend and his girlfriend who were allowed to stand nearby, while they played with and threw my empty antique family heirloom revolver down on their squad cars, chucked it into their vehicles consoles, and tossed it letting it hit the pavement several times… all because I went out that morning to have breakfast with friends and am apart of the legal open carry movement. I was the only one carrying and it was open, unloaded, and on the hip totally exposed other than being strapped down. I won’t get into the debate here on open carry or the fact its our constitutional right to own and bare arms as this is supposed to be about picking cuffs. So… after three hours, I was released on the spot, yelled at some more, and had to refuse taking my firearm back for about 15 minutes until I could get feeling in my hands enough to hold it without dropping it, then allowed to reholster my weapon as I was completely legal, and allowed to walk away down the street still armed……….. this was in southern california, in the middle of a major city, done by a well known county LEO department.

So… you all tell me. Do people get put in cuffs by LEO’s pushing their own agendas and not following the letter OR more importantly the spirit of the law??? Do people get put into cuffs and have them put on viciously tight to cause tourcher by intent of out of control bully LEO’s (who in my personal belief were pushed into being nasty to the public by their morally out of touch training methods which make them mean to the public as SOP)????? Do people after doing nothing wrong get put into handcuffs and then released without charges without ever leaving the location they were detained at??? And I’m sorry but if you get cuffs put on you and or you are locked into a car or building against your will, you are arrested and no longer detained. I hate PC bs! Yes, arrested means you are charged with something. Soooo….. if you can’t charge somebody with something when you decide to put them in cuffs, THEN YOU HAVE NO REASON TO PUT THEM IN CUFFS AND ARE IN A SENSE COMMITING ASAULT AND KIDNAPPING!!

Sooooo……… With the freedom of speech and the freedom to not have to put up with selfrightious overbaring LEO’s and as there is no law in the constitution or anywhere else in the U.S. that says its illegal to know how to pick a handcuff, I say SHUT UP and relearn your places as public servants, not public bully dictators! If I want to pick the cuffs you have put on me for no reason so I can atleast loosen them to restore bloodflow so be it! I wouldn’t have to if you guys would do your jobs with professionalism and above that curtisy!!! And if I want to remove my hands from behind my back and hand you your cuffs when you say I’m free to go, well…. what can I say?? Shake it off and laugh. I am. I’m already free to go so what’s the point of blowing up and making an international incident out of it??? As for the LEO that pointed out in a previous post that the arrested person in the back of his squad car is constantly monitored and would be dealt with… I agree and applaud you there. They are arrested. They shouldn’t be getting out of the cuffs. I wouldn’t try as all I want this for is as a parlor and comfort trick just in case the several keys including the hidakey are ever found and removed from me….

Thank you for reading this long rant.

Now I predict a lot of nastey LEO responses….. GO!!!….

54 E. B. Van Arsdale February 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Indy, I have been looking for quite a while for an essay to support the premise that if one is allowed to rant long enough they will reveal their ignorance.

I would like to thank you for providing what will most likely become a classic example and thank you so much for repeating it several times.

I found your emotional tirade unmanly and totally uncalled for, especially in a forum dedicated to promoting civilized behavior among men.

But to address the subject of your post; Handcuffs are a temporary restraining device used upon a person to restrict their mobility and to provide increased safety for officers and the public. While in the vast majority of cases people placed in handcuffs are subsequently arrested, there is a string of court cases as long as your arm in support of the contention that under certain circumstances, officers may handcuff people that are not under arrest.

If you were treated poorly or unjustly by any LEO, I am sorry. But you should realize that IF it happened, it was the behavior of an individual, not all LEOs. Nevertheless you did have recourse. You could lodge a formal complaint, or even file a 1983 action in Federal Court.

In closing, I would like to remind you that while police officers are PUBLIC servants they are not your personal servants and while you are granted access to a system by which they may be held accountable for their behavior, your status as a law abiding citizen does not give you the individual authority to dictate their actions or behavior under any circumstamnces.

If you have a civilized question or comment, I would be most happy to reply in kind.

55 Tom Boy February 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm

My cousin’s a locksmith and wouldn’t teach me anything to do with picking locks or handcuffs because I actually wanted to learn something, so I found this website and it’s taught me much. This is actually a really effective method and a really great article! And I would like to point out I’m not a man but hell I don’t really care because I’m a tom boy.

56 Michael H February 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

Holy cow!!

I don’t know why it still surprises me to see grown folks freakin’ out on the internet. hahah

Keep up the good work, Brett and Kate.
And kudos the the ITS Tactical team. I’ve recently found their website very interesting as well.

Michael

57 David Scott February 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Interesting read, but not very practical. But then, there is no such thing as useless knowledge.

58 jvangeld March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

The chances of getting handcuffed unlawfully (by someone who is not a law enforcement officer) is actually very high. For example, TSA agents are not law enforcement officers, they are employees of a federal agency that enforce the agency’s policy.

59 johnnyenglish March 5, 2012 at 5:34 am

Interesting that nobody has mentioned handcuffs and sex!

60 David March 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm

If the double lock is not used a comb can get you out

61 Curtis R. March 17, 2012 at 2:50 am

I am not a law enforcement officer.
I have ridden and training with some of Tulsa’s finest officers through the Explorer program here. Handcuffs are meant as temporary restraint, while the person is being watched. They are not meant as long term, set em and forget em restrains.
As a few people have mentioned as well, try doing this behind your back, sitting in a squad car and buckled in.

62 DK March 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I read this article and watched the video a few weeks ago after it was first posted. Little did I know I would actually use this information just a few weeks later.

One of my friends randomly brought handcuffs to bar on St. Patty’s day (she is the type of person who buys random stuff on impulse). After playing around with them and locking people to chairs, she ended up getting locked to another friend and getting the key taken away from her. We pocketed the key for about 2 hours until she finally begged to be released. We went to unlock the two girls from each other, only to find that the tip of the key had broken off and would not undo the lock. This is where my newly acquired lock picking skills came into hand. I got a bobby pin from a random person at the bar and had both people free in about 3 minutes. Not bad for my first try! Thanks again for an awesome lesson!

63 Mike November 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

The hairpin method is taught at SERE school…it works on all cuffs because you are overiding the locking mechanism by prizing open the teeth on between the cuffs. However it means you gotta sew hairpins into your clothes for access.

64 Jack December 3, 2013 at 7:15 am

Also, an easy way to bend the bobby pin is by using the keyhole slot itself, making the proximal bend first, pulling it out slightly, then making the distal bend. For an extra dexterity challenge, try practicing all of the bending and lock picking with one hand. If you’re handcuffed the way the police would, however, you’re pretty much boned, and should wait for another opportunity to escape.

65 mojo jo jo February 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Criminal activity:
First and foremost criminals don’t plan to see themselves in hadcuffs to begin with at that point whatever ill conceived plan, has passed it’s failed credentials, so as a criminal you would have to asses if the crime you commited and where caught doing would be either a point of no return.

in which you either attempt to escape at the result of A) success or B) being rendered unconcious or C) be killed.

Civilian Non-Criminal activity:

And if being handcuffed in a foreign land, because alot of foreigners don’t like americans but believe americans to be wealthy so “kidnap them for ransom”. Are more liable to shoot you or stab you, if you manage to pick the cuffs. plus zippy ties are more effective and cheaper as in the coming age. And more likely to be used by both parties. Law enforecement (whom by the way if a person ends up in hand cuff’s is pressumed innocent until proven guilty). And by bad guys. whom are more likely to take a life just out sheer entertainment.

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