If you lock yourself outside home, small posters advertising
unlocking companies glued on corridor walls, stairs and even right
on your apartment door may help you.
"If you call the number on one poster, a lock opener will come
to your home immediately and open the door in just a few minutes,
without any request for checking your identity but only for a
payment of dozens of yuan," said Sheng Zhongguo, a member of the
National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative
Sheng, also a famous violinist, used to find some unlocking
companies after being locked outside his home, but was quite upset
by their "efficiency".
"They told me that there were no locks they could not open,
which made me worried more," Sheng said.
Sheng has been to many countries and regions for musical
performances, but has never heard that there are companies offering
unlocking services. The locked doors are just pried open.
"Although it's not so convenient, you feel much safer," he
According to his research, lock opening has become an industry
in China and even some grocery stores offer such services. It is
said that some Web sites have started selling special tools for
"We can have lock-opening companies, but not so many. And it's
more important that they must be subject to strict supervision from
the government," Sheng said.
"Otherwise, such as business may threaten people's property and
life security," he said, adding that the government should set
detailed qualifications for unlocking companies and restrain the
spread of lock-opening tools on the market.
(Xinhua News Agency March 11, 2007)