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So, Let’s Tackle How to Open a Safe Without a Key or Combination

Have you ever lost the combination to your safe and wondered how to open your safe? Did the batteries die on your home security safe? Did someone attempt to break into your business safe? As professional security safe locksmiths, Guardian Safe And Lock is here to help. We can get you back into your safe no matter the situation. There is some information that you will need to gather before calling a local locksmith. Through our professional resources, we can sometimes even get you an override code, original combination numbers or key that will unlock the safe.

What Information Should I Gather Before Calling A Professional Locksmith?


Information is gold when contacting your locksmith, the more information the better. If you give us the correct information, we can gain access to your security safe quicker. Before contacting your professional security safe locksmith, make sure to gather the following information first:

  1. Brand Name and Series of the Safe.
  2. Model and Serial Number for the safe.
  3. Electronic Keypad or Manual Dial Entry.

How do professional locksmiths open locked security safe?

The first thing the safe technician will do is diagnose the condition of your safe. After that he will diagnose the condition of the combination lock pack, assuming its not an electronic digit combination. If there happens to be a manual key override, he may try picking the lock open rather than destroying the combination dial. If he is successful with picking the lock open, the safe should open with the turn of the handle. In some cases, the safe technician may need to drill out the lock to gain access into the combination safe. Lock picking requires hours of practice and you can damage the lock if you are not careful. We recommend leaving it up to the professionals this way no additional damage to the safe is done. At Guardian Safe and Lock we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

How to Open SafeDepending on the level of security your safe has, it will determine the length of time it takes to access your safe. It will also determine the options of how the locksmith can gain access into your safe. Usually, it takes anywhere from just a few minutes to a couple of hours to get you in. All lower end safes can be pried open relatively easy and are not considered professional safes. We recommend that you do your research and stop by your local locksmith shop before making a decision.

Most residential grade safes will have anywhere from ⅛”-¼” hardened steel plates that provides resistance during drill attacks. Some of the higher end security safes have ½”-1” hardened steel plates making it hard for even the professional safe openers. We use special bits to bypass this type of hard plate. Once we get you into your safe door we will repair the safe door and plug any holes we have made. Then we will replace the damaged locking mechanism or keyed locking device. In most cases, once the repairs have been made, you don’t even notice a difference in the safe.

What Can I Do to Prevent Getting Locked Out of My Safe?

The first step in dealing with these situations is prevention. Always keep backup records just in case, and do not store them in the safe they are for. Make sure the combination is something you can remember without having it written down multiple times. If your safe uses keys, keep a well hidden spare on hand. You can take the key to your local locksmith and get an extra copy made. If you have an electronic keypad regularly change the batteries, and avoid using cheap ones. Duracell is what we find to work best in most security safes. Don’t overfill or cram too many items into your security safe, doing so puts excessive pressure on the locking mechanism. Surprisingly this happens much more often than you’d think.

Who should I contact to open my safe?

When looking for a professional locksmith to gain access into your safe, it is important to call a licensed professional. We at Guardian Safe and Lock are members of multiple different professional organizations that represent security safe locksmiths. We are also a member of SAVTA (Safe And Vault Technicians of America). SAVTA is a network of some of the worlds best security safe locksmiths. Also, make sure that you are dealing with a licensed, bonded, and insured professional. Check with your local state authorities or locksmith organizations for a professional near you. We also provide a range of locksmith services including car locksmith services, residential locksmith and commercial locksmith services.

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