Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lawsuit:Magnets defeat push button locks


Yeshai M. Kutoff was house-proud, having bought a home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, for his family of five. And as an Orthodox Jew, he bought push-button locks for the doors — an accommodation for the Sabbath, when many of the devout do not carry keys.

When a neighbor told him that the locks he had bought could be opened by a powerful magnet costing about $30, Mr. Kutoff was perturbed. “It does bother me that other people could easily figure it out,” he said. Mr. Kutoff did not buy a magnet to see for himself. “It doesn’t interest me to know how to break into my own lock,” he said.

If this were a problem with security software instead of errant bits of steel, a company could send out a patch. If this was someplace other than the United States in the 21st century, Mr. Kutoff might have called a locksmith. But because it is the United States in the 21st century, lawyers are involved.


  1. Chaveirim in New York has been using this trick for years to help people locked out get back in.

  2. ゴリラ ゴリラMarch 27, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    “It doesn’t interest me to know how to break into my own lock,”

    He should be interested. Anyway, I can defeat these locks within 5 minutes without a magnet – there are only 1,082 possible combinations; it's so low because a number or pair of numbers can only be used once. Just look for the well-worn numbers and go for it. I cannot believe shuls and Jewish institutions rely on these locks so much. I've railing about this for years.


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