Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re about to take your jewelry or valuable belongings in a safe, but you forgot the combination? This has surely happened at least once to all of us, and we mostly resort to holding off on calling an open-a-safe service provider, and instead, we either try way too hard to recall the numbers, or, even better, try to force the safe open which might render it unusable.
If you find yourself in these kinds of situations, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away. As a long standing business for 10 years and counting, we specialize in a variety of locksmith services, including safes. Once you give us a ring, we will send a bonded, insured, and highly trained professional to unlock your safe with the proper equipment, tools, and knowledge at their arsenal. Save yourself from the burden of wasting your time on recalling the combination, or trying to break your safe open – we at Sherlock Locksmith are here and ready to help!
There are a wide variety of security systems when it comes to safes, but the most frequently used type for our clientele are ones with combination locks. Combination locks mostly consist of a dial, engraved with numbers around the circumference of your circular dial. In these types of safes, the only way to get them to open is if you get the number combination right, with no misses. Destroying the dial in order to pry it open is a miss; and we at Sherlock Locksmith don’t recommend it. This can destroy the entirety of your safe, and you’ll be stuck with the choice to buy a new safe entirely – which costs a lot more than just getting them unlocked.
On the outside of the safe, it seems that only a dial is present, but looking further from that dial is an intricate locking mechanism, similar to a well-oiled machine. Attached to the dial at the exterior of the safe is a small cylinder known as the spindle. Whenever you turn the dial a certain way, the spindle follows in the same direction. The spindle is then connected to a drive cam, which also turns with the dial and the spindle. A drive pin is also attached to the drive cam and turns the wheel as well. Simply put, When you turn the dial, the whole locking mechanism turns too.
From this drive pin, it also turns the wheels or tumblers in the safe, which are located around the spindle. These wheels correspond to every number in your combination. So if you have a five-number combination lock, it means that your safe has five tumblers or wheels. Once you know how the locking mechanism of the safe works, then you’ll realize that attempting to open the safe without knowing the right combination is nearly impossible.
Sure, opening a safe without knowing the exact combination of numbers isn’t exactly impossible, but it sure is difficult, as any locksmith would attest to. In opening your safes, some locksmiths utilize special devices to listen to the locking mechanism of the safe inside while turning the dial, which could be related to a trial and error method. Some, however, actually just use a stethoscope to listen to the noises or clicks. Why do they use these kinds of tools, you ask? The logic is simple.
Good hearing is your strongest weapon when it comes to unlocking safes in this way. Turning the dial allows you to pass through all of the numbers in the circumference of the combination. When you’re doing it the right way, you’re going to hear clicks at or near the numbers that are actually part of the combination itself. However, this method is very susceptible to lots of mistakes, and people who attempt to do it when they have no idea what they’re doing or don’t know what sound they should look out for will only end up spending a long time and giving up midway. In many cases, someone who isn’t trained to unlock safes properly will hear internal noises that could throw them off. However, seasoned locksmiths utilize other techniques, like drawing graphs in order to determine which combinations work.
When you try to do it yourself, you might be able to come up with multiple combinations, but none of them work most of the time. When this happens, you’re stuck to redo the irksome process of trying to hear sounds all over again, or slightly modify the combinations you currently have and use numbers near what you originally used. This could result in over a hundred combinations in attempting to lock the safe, and if Lady Luck doesn’t have your back, the safe won’t open at all.