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How do locksmiths get into safes?

How do locksmiths get into safes?

How do locksmiths gain entry to a safe?

When people use a safe, its because they want to keep valuables, well, safe. But sometimes they can be that bit too safe – and you can’t get back into it. But don’t worry, trained locksmiths, such as those at Inta-lock Locksmiths in Peterborough, can help.

There is a myriad of reasons why someone can’t get into a safe – from simply losing the key to an internal fault with the safe’s lock or door or the key has snapped off in the lock. It also depends on the type of safe it is – whether it is digital, electronic, combination or key operated.

We wouldn’t recommend trying to get into the safe yourself – don’t try spraying things into the lock or drilling it yourself as this could make the problem worse. Opening safes is something that takes training and experience, so its always best to leave it to the professionals.

Locksmiths know there are many ways to get into a safe. If you need to gain access to a safe in Peterborough, then Inta-lock Locksmiths will be able to help.

We have all seen movies where safe crackers use a stethoscope to gain access to a combination safe and locksmiths still do use this technique – although these days they are high-tech electronic devices. The locksmith will then be able to reset the combination and talk the users through how to open and set it, if needs be.

However, unlike the movies, we never use explosives to get into a safe. 

One of the most common ways of getting into a key operated safe is by picking the lock. On many occasions, owners will have lost the keys, but locksmiths have a range of specialist keys they can use to get into the safe, whatever the age, make or model of it. This can be a quick and easy solution and the locksmith will also be able to cut replacement keys for the safe. Or, the locksmith can change the lock, to ensure that if the lost keys ended up in the wrong hands, they wouldn’t be able to gain access the safe.

Meanwhile, when safe keys have stopped working, for whatever reason, or have broken the locksmith can cut new keys that will work. 

With electronic safes, Inta-lock locksmiths in Peterborough have the technology available to be able to electronically retrieve the code or reset the lock back to its default code and then open the safe with no damage to it, its contents or the lock. Following this, a new code can be input.

On other occasions, when security measures such as glass re-lockers or manipulation-proof mechanical locks have been added, then a locksmith will use a borescope to assess how to get the lock open. First, a small hole will be drilled in the safe, then the borescope will be inserted into the hole, giving the locksmith a way to see in to the safe.

On some occasions, when other methods will not work – perhaps because the safe is too broken – a safe will need to be drilled to get it open. However, locksmiths can also then carry out any necessary repairs on it afterwards. 

In very rare situations, a locksmith will cut the safe open using a torch or saw. However, this is messy, noisy and will put the safe beyond repair.

Usually, a locksmith will be able to open a safe within 30 minutes of arrival, although this does depend on the complexity of the safe. The more complex ones, which are designed to defeat – or at least slow – a criminal obviously take longer to gain access to. However, there has never been a safe that has defeated Inta-lock Locksmiths’ operatives.

All Inta-lock Locksmiths in Peterborough are DBS (formerly CRB) checked and fully trained, so you can rest assured that when one of our locksmiths comes out to your home or business premises, they will carry out their work with professionalism and friendliness and get you access to your safe as quickly as possible wherever you are in Peterborough and the surrounding area. 


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