How to open a safe / Santa Monica Locksmith


Locksmith Santa Monica (310) 409-2554
Locksmith Santa Monica (310) 409-2554

If you’ve lost your keys, forgotten your code and can’t get inside your safe, it may need to be cracked. Perhaps the safe is malfunctioning, somebody tried opening it and in doing so left it defective. Whatever the reason, Santa Monica Lock can solve the problem, we can crack whichever kind of safe with any type of lock. We will be able to give you your code you had lost or forgotten so that you and only you could regain access to the safe.

Cutting and Prying

These are two methods of opening a safe that are usually common with thieves, however most of the time they are not successful. However, we mention these methods because, in rare cases, they may still be the method of choice for safe-cracking by a professional locksmith. Only “light duty” safes can be pried into, such action will of course ruin the safe but if the keys to such a safe have been lost their owners may choose to allow a locksmith to pry their safe open. If it’s a safe that can be pried, it’s simple and quick. Cutting into a safe is always possible as long as its composition allows it. Safe manufacturers take measures to make it impossible to cut into their safes, it may be a layer of copper which dissipates the cutting torch’s heat, a layer of tar which fills the room with smoke or different materials making it impossible to breach. Those that can be cut open, we advise against this method of opening a safe because it takes much time, is very difficult, and can be very messy.

Cracking Combination Safe Locks

Combination safe locks need to be cracked when the combination code is unknown, this is a common situation among safe owners as it is easy to lose or forget the number code required to open the safe. Cracking the code to a safe is a well respected technique used by highly experienced locksmith techs who must possess intimate and lengthy knowledge about the specific safe they are working with. Using stethoscopes a professional skilled locksmith can open safes efficiently, without harming the safe at all. It may be a lengthy process but we will ultimately open the safe for you leaving it in perfect working condition and giving you the code you had lost.

Scoping and Drilling

Drilling is the most common practice among locksmiths to open general safes. A locksmith using the drilling method must be extremely precise and aware of the composition of the lock. Safes may possess properties which must be taken into account when drilling into them. For instance, there may be a glass plate built in order to shatter when hit by a drill bit causing iron rods to fall into place making the safe ten times harder to crack. Sometimes it is useful to drill a small hole in the safe providing a “borescope”. This is called “scoping” a safe and will allow our techs to see changes in the safe’s locking mechanism while manipulating them from the outside. Professional safe-cracking is an art requiring wide scale know-how and a variety of tools. At Santa Monica Lock our locksmiths are seasoned veterans in the art of safe cracking, so do not hesitate to give us a call.





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