Can a Locksmith Open a Safe?

A safe is a wonderful invention: it keeps your valuables accessible yet safe from potential thieves. They are a lifesaver when you have one in your hotel room. Imagine having to spend the day carrying around your passport or all your cash while on vacation. Definitely safer to leave it behind.

Safes are also useful at home.

In today’s day and age, many people have access to your home: cleaning services, dog walkers, plumbers, electricians, babysitters, and nannies. Hopefully, your visitors are all trustworthy, but a safe box is a great security tool – just in case. And if you’re traveling, they’re lifesavers. While you’re away, you can keep your most valued possessions safely at home and inside the safe. This will help you to enjoy your trip knowing that your valuables are safe.

Of course, a safe is only “safe” if it’s difficult or impossible to get inside for anyone other than you. That means keeping keys hidden or, as is usually the case these days, making sure you come up with a foolproof PIN to open your safe’s electronic or combination lock. Ironically, the better you hide your key, and the more foolproof your PIN, the higher the likelihood of locking yourself out of your own safe.

Hopefully, you have an extra set of keys and have your PIN written down somewhere accessible. But. if you didn’t think ahead, or can’t find the keys or PIN, don’t panic. There’s another solution: Call a local locksmith. You likely know that locksmiths can get you out of a jam when you lock yourself out of your home or vehicle. But can a locksmith open a safe?

The answer is yes, they can.

If you need the valuables immediately, then call an emergency locksmith or the locksmith nearest you to get help quickly. But if you’re not in a hurry to access the items, involving a locksmith is not the first step you should take. First, try calling the manufacturer to see what they recommend. Your manufacturer may have some useful tips, and if your safe is still under warranty, the company may even send out a technician to help you out at no cost.

If calling the manufacturer isn’t helpful, or if you don’t have enough time to wait for a technician from the company, then it’s time to call a locksmith. Make sure you explain your situation in advance rather than simply book the nearest locksmith; you want to make sure they’re not just focused on home and vehicle lockouts. You want them to know how to handle a safe. In fact, you may need to call a dedicated bank equipment services company in order to find the right locksmith.

The good news is that the proper locksmith will be able to open your safe. The quickest way for a locksmith to open your box is to simply cut it open with a torch or saw. Unfortunately, this will leave you with a bill from your locksmith, and you will need a new safe. This can be costly and therefore not be ideal.

Thankfully, most locksmiths do not resort to cutting boxes open unless the customer needs immediate, emergency access. Additionally, few locksmiths try to pry the safe open. This is not only extremely time-consuming but sometimes it does not work. Instead, most locksmiths will employ a manipulation technique or drill and scope until they are able to open your safe.

Manipulation takes time (at least an hour, and often more), but it’s the safest way to open your box, and it’s the method that will cause the least damage. The process involves manipulating the box so that the locksmith is able to properly calculate the combination through touch or sound. The drilling and scoping mechanisms involve making a tiny hole in your safe in order to see the internal workings to that the locksmith can calculate how to open it. While this does damage the box, it can often be repaired at a lower cost than using a torch or saw.

Yes, it is possible for a locksmith to open a safe. However, there are factors that can make the process expensive. Knowing these can help you to make an educated decision on how you want to proceed.

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