SAFE OPENING SERVICES
Safes are opened by manipulation
, which is using a dial to determine an unknown combination, or by drilling
, which means putting a small hole through the door or side of the safe. Either way, safes are repaired as necessary, and returned to working condition. A factory override code can sometimes be obtained for electronic safes.
ROUTINE SAFE SERVICES
Safe locks need periodic maintenance and repair. If your safe must always be dialed more than once, or if some individuals in your office "can never get the safe open" while others just "have the knack," then the lock is in need of repair.
Electronic Lock Retrofit
Many mechanical dial locks can be replaced by an electronic lock.
Most safe lock combinations can be changed to operate on different numbers.
Delivery and installation
Depending on the destination, Cameron Safe can deliver safes weighing up to 800 pounds.
Small safes are often bolted to the floor for additional security.
"Safe manipulation" or "dialing a safe open" means using the dial to determine the combination. Not all safes can be dialed open, especially those that are broken or that have been burglarized, as well as locks that were designed to be manipulation proof. When a safe combination is completely unknown, manipulation often takes too long to be a reasonable alternative. But manipulation techniques are often the best way to start troubleshooting a locked safe. In the photos below, the customer had the combination to his safe, but the combination was no longer working.
DRILLING A SAFE
"Drilling a safe" means putting a small hole through the door or side of the safe in order to defeat the lock. The hole is then repaired and the lock returned to working order. When done professionally, drilling a safe does not destroy the safe. The drilled hole is often hidden under the dial or keypad, so the repaired safe looks no different than before it was drilled. Depending on the original cause of the safe lockout, dial locks that have been drilled can generally be repaired. Electronic locks generally must be completely replaced after drilling.
In the safe example below, the dial and dial ring were first removed, and then the hole was drilled under where the dial had been. After the safe was opened, the hole was patched and the dial and ring were reassembled.