If you store personal or company valuables in a safe and forget the combination number or lose your keys, the best course of action is to contact an experienced Calgary Locksmith such as ourselves. A skilled professional with years of experience can open many different types of safes without damaging the contents, or the safe itself in the majority of instances, helping to minimize any costs and inconvenience resulting from your misfortune. Some people try to save even more money by attempting to break into their own safes without professional assistance but this is not a course of action that we would recommend. Unless you have a great deal of training and experience in the field of safe opening, your chances of being able to crack your own safe open are extremely small and using brute force will almost always result in disappointment. Below, we look at some of the main reasons you should leave this particular job to the professionals, along with some of the possible consequences of not doing so.
Why You Should Call a Safe Opening Expert in Calgary to Open Your Safe
Before you buy a stethoscope and attempt to emulate all those safe cracking scenes that you have seen in Hollywood blockbusters or invest in a bundle of dynamite and resort to even more desperate measures, we urge you to spend a few minutes considering the possible consequences of embarking on an amateur safe cracking adventure.
Listening to the Lock Clicks to Crack the Combination Code
You have undoubtedly seen this method employed in numerous movies over the years but even though it can be used on older safes, most modern units are designed to defeat safe crackers who use this outmoded approach: manufacturers have managed to eliminate the clicking noises that safe crackers used to listen out for by making a number of changes to the internal lock mechanisms. If the safe you are trying to open was manufactured many years ago, you are still highly unlikely to be able to crack the code by using a stethoscope to listen for clicks as you turn the dials as this is not an easy task that can be completed by novices. It takes many years of practice to perfect this method of opening safe so even if you own a safe that could possibly be opened in this manner, the most likely outcome of trying to crack it yourself is a large dose of frustration and a wasted afternoon. The only advantage associated with this option is that you are highly unlikely to damage your safe or its contents.
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Using an X-Ray Machine to Study the Tumblers
Another way the locking mechanism of older safes used to be compromised was with the aid of a portable x-ray machine: by studying an x-ray image of the internal workings, it was often possible for criminals to discover the combination to safes. However, if you have recently invested in a high-quality, modern safe for your home or business, you may find that the tumblers are made of plastic for this very reason, meaning that you will be unable to discover the combination by using an x-ray device. There is no real possibility of damaging your safe with an x-ray machine but you could damage the contents, depending on exactly what you keep in there. Furthermore, unless you happen to own a portable x-ray device, you may have to spend a considerable sum of money just to take a look at your safe’s internals and there is no reason to think you will understand what you are looking at even if you do manage to take a clear x-ray image of an older machine with metal tumblers. All things considered, calling a safe opening professional in Calgary is a much simpler option and is almost certain to be cheaper and more convenient too.
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Another way to open safe is Drilling Your Safe
Another way you may have seen criminals open safes in movies is with the help of a drill but this is not an effective way to gain entry to most modern safes thanks to design changes that were implemented by manufacturers a number of years ago. Some safe crackers used to drill into safes so that they could study the tumblers without the need to acquire a portable x-ray machine whilst others took the more direct route and drilled straight through to the levers or cams that opened the locks. The first problem you are likely to encounter if you try either of these methods on your own safe is that many modern safes are built with cobalt plates that are impossible to drill through with a conventional drill bit. Even if you use titanium bits, you could spend hours drilling and go through a number of bits before you achieve your objective. Worse still, your safe may incorporate an auxiliary locking mechanism, or relocker, which locks you out of your safe completely once it detects the front plate has been penetrated with a drill. If you own an older safe and somehow manage to open it by drilling through to the lock, you will of course, have to replace the safe afterwards so it is not a very cost effective approach in any case.
Blowing up Your Safe
We hope that most readers will not need to be told that this option is a very bad idea but just in case you are desperate to get to the contents of your safe and are considering all and any methods you have ever seen used on TV and in the movies, we urge you not to try this one as it is undoubtedly the most destructive and dangerous way to attempt to gain entry to a safe. Leaving aside, for a moment, the potential for personal injury when using dynamite in confined spaces, you will almost certainly destroy the contents of your safe unless you are an explosives experts with decades of relevant industry experience, defeating the object of opening the safe in the first place. With these thoughts uppermost in your mind, we hope you will agree that contacting a safe opening locksmith in Calgary is a much safer and more sensible option than using dynamite or other explosives to force an entry.
Burning Through the Metal Walls of Your Safe
Very old safes with thin metal walls may be susceptible to this method but modern safes are built of stronger materials that are difficult to burn through, even with the most powerful of industrial gas torches. Whether you own an old safe with thin walls or a modern safe with thick panels that are almost impossible to burn through with conventional tools, you may well incinerate the contents of your safe if you use this approach to try to force your way in, making it one of the worst options for amateur safe crackers.
In all cases, we recommend that you contact a professional locksmith in Calgary with many years of experience in the field of safe opening such as ourselves. We will help you to gain entry to your safe if you lose the keys or forget the combination, whilst doing everything in our power to avoid damaging either the safe itself or your valuables.