Locked Out of Your Safe? Who Do You Call?

Having a safe in your home or business is an excellent way to keep your valuables and important documents secured in one location. However, you are in serious trouble if you lose the key to the safe, forget the combination, or somehow accidentally lock yourself out of it.

Losing access to your home safe or business safe can be downright frustrating. If you find yourself in such a situation, the last thing you want to do is try to force it open. Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts when you have locked yourself out of your safe.


Do not tamper with the safe’s security 

Safes are built with security features that keep them secure. They may seem simple to use, but safe cracking is trickier and more complex than how you see it in movies. If you force open one without the key, you could damage the locking mechanism and end up making it harder to get inside. There are also safes that lock themselves down after you enter the wrong code thrice.

Do not disassemble the unit’s wiring

If you think taking the wires apart will help you get access to your safe, you have got another thing coming. Safes are equipped with a manual lockout mechanism when the wiring is cut. Undoing the wire will trigger the manual lockout, leaving your safe useless and vulnerable.

Do not drill into your locked safe

Despite what you may have seen in the movies or on television, drilling your way into your safe is hard and dangerous. For one, electric drills can be dangerous if not handled carefully. A flying sharp piece of metal can land in your eye, and drilling through the safe’s hard plate can be very bad for your shoulders, back, and neck. Furthermore, safes are expensive, and drilling into them will simply damage them and make them unusable.


Try replacing the batteries

You may be surprised to know that safes can be battery-powered. When the batteries run out, the electronic keypad will not function. If the keypad has no power, you can use the override key that comes with the safe to manually unlock the safe instead of entering the PIN or passcode. If you do not have the override key, replace or recharge the batteries that power the safe’s electronic keypad so you can enter the passcode.

Retrieve the combination from the manufacturer’s combination card

If you own a combination-locked safe, it should come with a card in the manual that has the original combination on it. Ideally, you should have kept the combination card in a safe place for situations like this. If you do not have it, you can ask the manufacturer to furnish you with the original combination after you provide documentation that you are the legal owner of the safe.

Wait out the lockout time

The lock on your safe will become temporarily disabled for a period of time if you enter the wrong combination several times. Wait for the lockout code to reset and release itself. The lockout time depends on the safe model — it takes 20 minutes for some models to reset while others may take a bit longer. While waiting for the safe to reset, make sure you have the correct passcode.

Contact a safe locksmith

If all else fails, there is only one thing you can do — contact a safe repair Los Angeles specialist. At Sherman Oaks Lock & Safe, our professional locksmiths are specially trained in cracking safes. We have the knowledge and the right tools to get our way into your safe without damaging it. We also provide safe installation Los Angeles services. Call us for more information!

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