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SA Criminal Law - Illegal to Possess Lockpicks?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Mittons, 8 March 2016.

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  1. Mittons

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    Hello,

    I recently imported a small set of lock picks (5pcs). I am headed interstate to Sydney soon and was wondering if it was illegal under Criminal Law to possess them or to travel with them. My reasons for doing so are to have something to do in my hotel room or to pass the travel time.

    Can I get done or have them confiscated?
     
  2. AllForHer

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    Possession in itself is not illegal. If it's accompanied by intent to commit a crime, however, then you'll have problems.
     
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    Will airport customs have an issue?
     
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    I assume you're just travelling domestic, so if they're at all sharp, they might, but if you pack them in your checked baggage, shouldn't be an issue.
     
  5. Tim W

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    I am assuming that you are not a tradesman Locksmith,
    and not somebody holding a relevant licence in the security industry.

    In South Australia, there is an offence known for short as "Going Equipped".
    In NSW, there's an offence known for short as "Possess Implements".

    As to airports, understand that you can commit these offences anywhere on the grounds of an airport.
    So even if the airline itself has no objections, even having them in your (checked/ checkable) bag
    can potentially be a problem.

    Further, unless you literally have your own locks to play with,
    actually using these tools can amount to further offences.
    For example, absent consent, you'll be at risk of prosecution for damaging property
    if you tamper with someone else's property - such as a lock anywhere in the hotel,
    or a car, or a shop or office.

    I suggest finding a better way to use your down time.
     

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