You installed a safe in your home to keep your most important documents and possessions secure. Now you need to get at the stuff inside only there is a problem – you can’t get in! Maybe you lost the key, or the bolt work is jammed. Either way you need help.
Your first instinct is to try and break it open. But wait! There is a better way to get to its contents without ruining your safe; or hurting yourself. Here are here things you should never do when attempting a break-in:
# 1: Don’t Try and Override Your Safe’s Security
Modern safes feature all kinds of high-tech security. If you attempt to override it, you could end up making it even harder to get inside. Before you attempt to break into a locked safe, you need to know what you are up against. This includes knowing the kind of safe you have and what security options it features. Look for a serial number and call the company for help. They may be able to guide your actions and help you get it open. But remember, trying to break into a safe without knowing what kind it is can end in disaster. Attempting to override its security can in some cases cause the safe to enact a penalty lockout mode, which will make it impossible to bypass without actually breaking the safe.
#2: Don’t Try to Disassemble the Unit’s Wiring
If you think that disassembling the unit’s wiring will help you get access to what is inside, you may end up disappointed. Not only will this trigger a manual lockout (to help keep burglars out), but it can leave your safe useless once it is open.
# 3: Never Drill Into a Locked Safe
Whether you have an electronic, combination or standard key or combination lock, drilling to get access is dangerous. Without expert knowledge on how the safe is manufactured, you can easily hurt yourself while drilling. Plus, you will ruin the safe, making it un-repairable.
Getting Professional Help
Any time you find yourself locked out a home safe, it is always best to call in a professional locksmith. Not only do they have access keys and digital entry mechanisms that can be used to avoid ruining the safe, they know how to get in without risking an injury.
Professional locksmiths are specially trained in all kinds of lock emergencies, including opening locked safes. They can easily fix a broken lock; remove a broken key from a lock; replace batteries; and get into an otherwise impenetrable chest. Even if drilling is necessary, they can handle it in a safe and efficient manner.
The next time you discover that your home safe is locked up tight – with no way to get in – don’t risk your safety or the integrity of the unit. Call the pros at Acme Lock instead. They will dispatch a professional locksmith to handle your emergency and get into your safe within minutes.