I agree that lockpicking still has problems, especially with the scarcity of lockpicks (the soap + key thing is an issue because soap is rare too). I did note the legion camp chests are now locked, although I have not progressed far enough to see if there are other chests around which are now locked that weren't in previous patches.
In the previous lockpicking thread
some people called for things to break of you force the chest open, and others complained that if stuff broke, that would be forcing them to spend points into lockpicking. (The alternative suggestion that lockpicking instead granted BONUS items was rejected for the same reasons.)
It is true that no one likes losing loot and items by destroying chests, and that may be one reason why it isn't in.
And using magic for such tasks might drain your mana potions quite faster instead for keeping them for more dire situations.
There could be also ever the chance for spell fumbles, soaking the environment with water, starting a fire, attracting unwanted attention from people further away by light, sound or smell.
What mana potions? What spell fumbles? I think that guard reaction to attacking property like bashing doors in town is one of the things which may still be in progress.