After a recent break in at our home, my wife and I decided to get an alarm system installed along w/ new doors and locks. After picking out the new doors we had several choices for locks to choose from at Home Depot. We've heard so much advertising for Schlage Locks being the "Cadillac" of home and business locks and the preferred lock of choice because of their reputation for being able to keep out anyone or anything unwanted. The TV commercials for Schlage even show frustrated burglars beating on the doors of homes equipped w/ a Schlage lock to no avail; eventually they give up and flee the premises in bitter disappointment. Anyway, the locks for both doors come out to be around $150 or $75 for each door - kinda on the expensive side, but worth the extra protection we both figured. Anyway, my wife and I recently began accidentally locking ourselves out of the house because we weren't accustomed yet to the new lock system. When that happened we would call each other at work or interrupt each other's errands to come home and let either her or I in the house. As you can imagine, this turned out to be a major inconvienience for both of us. Well, yesterday, it happened again. My wife accidentally locked herself out of the house. But this time she left her cell phone inside the house and couldn't call me. After realizing that she couldn't just wait for me to come home, she decided to go next door to our very nice neighbor who's helped us w/ home improvement things from time to time to use the phone. After explaining to our neighbor (a family man in his early 50's) the situation, he immediately told my wife..."No need to bother your husband, I can get you into your house." "How?" my wife asked. "I can pick the lock" he told her. My wife told me she was skeptical and told him we had just gotten new expensive locks, to which he said "no problem." Now here's the point of all this: My wife then told me that he came over and in just 4 minutes he cleanly picked the lock! I couldn't believe it when my wife told me. After I got home, I immediately inspected the lock sure that he must've damaged the lock or the door and even to my surprise, the lock was picked clean w/ no sign of force or damage to either the door or lock. I told my wife in disbelief: HOW COULD HE DO THAT TO A SCHLAGE LOCK??? I thought they were virtually impenetrable. My neighbor is no locksmith either - he's a carpenter! Should I be surprised at this? Are there other people out there that can easily manipulate the security of any locked door or area? Although I was pleased that my wife didn't have to wait outside in the rain, I was a little disturbed that someone could gain access to my house so easily. All of this goes to show that if that certain someone wants into your place, they can do it...no matter how hard you try to keep them out. And as for Schlage locks, those guys are master marketers...and I want my money back.