Resorting to a professional locksmith when you have forgotten the code to your safe can be a lot of money and super frustrating if you have tried to open it yourself because it takes a great deal of patience and effort while you may ruin your tools or even the safe itself while attempting to open it. Cracking the safe yourself you are rewarded with a sense of satisfaction a full wallet and an undamaged safe if you have done it right. Learning how a combination of lock functions are just the beginning. Getting the combination is not like in the movies where you see how to crack a safe with a stethoscope or a simple “safe cracking 101” tutorial, it requires a professional locksmith to get the job done.
Below are steps of how to crack open the safe yourself. The things you will need are a stethoscope, graph paper, and pencil and several hours minimum.
- Rotate the dial counterclockwise and listen carefully for two clicks near each other using a stethoscope. Metal safes reverberate the sounds and make them easier to hear. Reset the lock again and turn the dial clockwise and listen again as you turn slowly counterclockwise. Repeat 2-3 times.
- Once you found out where the two clicks collide move the dial to point 180 degrees across. Keep rotating and count the number of clicks you hear (if the same problem is happening then the safe you’re using may have an anti-cracking technology and a professional locksmith might be your only option.)
- Setting up a line graph is part of the hard work of opening a safe yourself. You will need to record a lot of information on the graph in order to crack the safe. Label each graph with “starting position” and its y-axis “left contact point”. Do the same for the right side. The y-axis only needs to cover about 5 of the numbers.
- Spin the dial a couple of times in several rotations clockwise to disengage the wheels, then set it at the zero position. Rotate slowly counterclockwise and listen. Reset the safe lock and set it 3 number left of 0. Continue recording the location of the two clicks.
- Look for points on your graph where the two y-values converge. Write down the x-values at the locations and from the two charts the number closest together and write them down. Remember, we don’t know which of these numbers is the correct one.
- Try every possible sequence of the number you located. Remember to reset the dial between each attempt several times. Keep writing down the numbers as you go. Test your results and try to combine adjacent numbers if the safe won’t open.
Note that most safes allow for a 1 or 2 number margin of error while dialing. Our residential locksmiths have experience in opening safes and keeping them maintained while attempting to open them with no harm to them though at times it might need to be broken completely in order for it to open, if you are having trouble following the steps above in opening your safe, call us we would love to help you get it done asap with no problems and no exaggerated time and effort.
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There is nothing new about safecracking. It’s been around as long as safes have. This post is not meant to be a definitive history of safecracking, nor a “how to”. It is merely meant to give a general understanding of the profession to the public. Safe cracking or safe opening is primarily the concern of thieves, and locksmiths. Thieves are concerned with it for the obvious reasons, but you may ask why is a locksmith concerned with safe cracking?Well, there are a number of legitimate reasons that a safe needs to be cracked. They include but are not limited to: lost combinations, safe lock malfunctions, fires, and burglary attempts. Regardless of the reason a safe needs to be opened, we are going to shed some light on a few of the methods of safe opening, or safecracking.
Disclaimer: We are not going to disclose any sensitive information that would make safe owners vulnerable. We are merely going over the methods of safe opening that are commonly used by burglars and professional safe technicians.
This is the oldest, most common, and yet least effective method of attack when attempting to gain entry to a safe. In my experience, this is the most common method of burglary attempts. Most prying attempts don’t even come close to gaining access to a quality safe. However, when it does work, it is as simple as prying the door and the bolt work out of the door frame. Given enough strength, energy, and time, any safe could eventually be pried into, but rarely does a burglar have the time.
Cutting, whether by torch or saw, into a safe is probably the most utilized method for professional criminals. In rare instances it is also a method that professional safe technicians use. While it is a sure fire way to get into a safe, it takes lots and lots of time, makes lots of noise, and is a huge mess. Many modern high security safes have a composite barrier which includes a layer of copper plate that dissipates the heat of a torch to slow down the attack. There are also many safes which employ a layer of tar in the barrier of the safe to fill the room with smoke during a torch attack. Likewise many high security safes use a combination of different materials in the barrier of the safe that will dull a saw blade in a matter of seconds, making cutting an expensive, noisy, messing, time consuming experience.
Safe manipulation is the process of discovering the safes combination through the sound or touch of the safe during certain processes. Due to manufacturing tolerances and variations many safe locks will give a very discreet sound or physical resistance when the safe wheels are being dialed a certain way. This method requires an intimate knowledge of the lock being manipulated, patience, and experience so it is only used by the most seasoned and experienced professional safecrackers. Safe technicians will commonly use stethoscopes to amplify the subtle sounds of the lock to aid in the process, as is commonly shown in movies. Most mechanical safe locks are susceptible to this attack, and while there are a handful of world renowned safe manipulators that can accomplish the task in a couple of minutes, it takes most professionals an hour or more. This is the most respected safecracking method ever because it is leaves no trace, and leaves the safe in perfect working condition and in no need of repairs.
Drilling a safe is another method that is common among professional safe technicians. When the safe is equipped with electronic locks or manipulation resistant locks, drilling may be the most practical method of entry. It also requires an intimate knowledge of the lock and safe being opened. The idea is to place a tiny hole that would allow the safe to be opened through the use of a precision instrument though the hole, or so that the hole can be used to visually obtain knowledge leading to correctly dialing a mechanical safe open. While this may sound simple, there are many complications. Most high security safes employ “hard plates” or barrier materials that that will eat an entire box of drill bits in no time. Specialty drill rigs, drill bits, and drilling methods are required to breach these hard plates and barriers, and again, an intimate knowledge of the lock and container are required. Another common obstacle to drilling is a device called a “glass re-locker”. Many safe employ a sheet of glass behind the hard place that has many spring loaded re-locking bars attached to it by cable. When the drill bit strikes the glass plate it shatters allowing the re-lockers to shoot out into strategic positions blocking the bolt work of the safe and locking it down 10 times more then it was in its normal locked condition. A rare but also used defensive method is a tear gas canister that is triggered by a drilling or punching attack which then emits tear gas through the drilled or punched hole. Talk about a bad day! A drilling attempt by an untrained burglar or an undertrained locksmith often end in catastrophe. Drilling is a common practical commercial method of opening safes because simple repairs can be made to restore the container and lock to their original conditions or better allowing the safe to be put back into service, whereas cutting or prying would completely destroy the safe. Many times the hole drilled can be placed under the dial or dial ring so that when a new lock is installed there is no visible evidence that the safe had been drilled.
Scoping a safe is the process of drilling a hole and inserting an expensive specialized borescope into the hole to get an intimate look into a specific part of the security container. When manipulation proof mechanical locks, and glass re-lockers are implemented as security measures scoping is the most practical option. One common method is called “scoping the change key hole.” When using this method, the safecracker will drill a hole allowing him to get his scope into a position to observe the change key hole. While spinning the dial and looking through the change key hole for certain landmarks on the combination lock’s wheel pack, it is possible to obtain the combination and then dial open the safe normally. This method is a choice method for professional safe specialist because it leaves the lock in good working order and only simple repairs are needed to bring the safe barrier back to its original condition. Criminals seldom use techniques like this because of the expensive tools and intimate knowledge required of the locking systems.
These Safe Cracking Methods are only a brief survey of methods used to open safes without a combination. Lost or unknown combinations are not the only reason that safes need to be cracked. Many times it is due to a lock malfunction or a botched burglar attack. We did not discuss those situations due to the wide variety of lock specific failures and methods. We simply seek to illuminate the process of safecracking for those that are curious about the profession. At Fortress Lock, Safe, & Security we take pride in our work and love what we do. If you have a specific safecracking need in and around Austin, TX we can be reached at 512-800-3030.
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- April 4, 2018
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“It takes 20 years to get good at it,” says Francesco Therisod, 71, who has been a safecracker in Providence, R.I., for nearly 40 years. To know what you’re up against, research the safe’s manufacturer, make, model and materials. At a minimum, you’ll need a drill; diamond and tungsten carbide drill bits, capable of boring into reinforced metals; an optical device called a borescope; and a stethoscope.
Put your stethoscope over the lock as if it were a heart. As you turn the dial, try to feel and hear the notches lining up on the series of interlocking wheels inside. This is what locksmiths call “manipulation,” and it’s considered the purest form of safecracking. If that doesn’t work, drill a hole next to the lock, and insert your borescope to line up the notches by sight. If you’re not in a hurry, a robotic dialer can be attached to the safe that automatically tries every possible combination. Use brute force — cutting through the container with an oxyacetylene torch, say — as a last resort. That can be dangerous and trigger the anti-theft technology in some safes, like relocking mechanisms or even embedded tear-gas canisters.
Any items inside will tend to be valuable, lethal, unlawful or contested. Therisod, who mostly gets calls to work on mechanical safes with forgotten or long-lost combinations, has been hired by siblings feuding over estates, quarreling couples and federal law-enforcement officials. Sometimes multiple parties watch him work with their respective attorneys in tow. People are not always their best selves around safes. Therisod has seen safes full of guns or brimming with narcotics. If you’re cracking a safe for others, always let them open the door to protect yourself from accusations of theft.
Be forewarned: The vast majority of the time, an abandoned safe is empty. “I tell people, 99 times out of 100 there’s nothing inside,” Therisod says. But humans are curious, covetous and prone to disregard terrible odds. Most opt to open a locked safe anyway, sometimes at significant cost. On a few occasions, Therisod has uncovered valuables, including stacks of cash, jewelry and gems. He has also, when he cracked a bank’s safe deposit box, found a fish decomposing in a plastic bag. “I smelled it before I saw it,” he says.
Want to know how to crack a gun safe with electronic lock? Place the chisel on the corner side of the gun safe then pound it using a hammer. After dislodging the key section, look for a silver knob. Remove the knob using the hammer and chisel. Insert your finger in the hole then press the button on the lower side.
You don’t have to ask for professional help in case you forgot your lock’s combination. By simply following the easy steps in this tutorial, you can break into a cannon gun safe or execute a Winchester safe keypad bypass.
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What You Need
To execute this tutorial successfully, you need to have the right tools. These are simple items that you can find inside your house or in your backyard. You can also borrow from your neighbors if needed.
You will need a cold chisel to break the casting. This kind of chisel is made of steel that has a beveled cutting edge and a handle that is in octagon shape. It is usually designed for cutting rivets, splitting nuts and bolts, and cutting sheet metal.
Other cold chisels have cutting edges that are wedge-shaped, half-round, round, and diamond-shaped. However, look for a cold chisel that is flattened and with an extended tip. A flat-type cold chisel is useful in cutting metals such as bars and rods.
The kind of hammer you will use for this tutorial will depend on the size of the chisel. The bigger the chisel is, the heavier the hammer must be. If your hammer doesn’t put enough force on the chisel, there will be little or no cutting at all. You can choose between a club hammer or a ball peen hammer.
A club hammer is a small sledgehammer that is used for pounding chisels. The faces of a club hammer are identical, and it has a handle that reaches up to 10 inches long. Typically, the handle of this hammer is wood, but it can also be made of fiberglass.
If you don’t have a club hammer, you can use a ball peen hammer. It has a rounded face and a flat striking surface face. This is also a good tool in driving chisels because it is unlikely to chip. The handle is usually made of hickory.
As a precautionary measure, you need to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from any dust or shrapnels while you are doing the procedure. There are different designs of safety goggles that you can choose from such as clear, polarized, tinted, or anti-fog.
If you want to have goggles that have ventilation inside and outside of the frame, you can use direct ventilated goggles. The advantage of using this type of goggles is that it covers the areas around the eyes while preventing fogging over glasses.
You can also use a pair of indirect ventilated goggles since it excludes debris inside the goggles because of the angled vents. Also, it is perfect to use for extreme temperatures and preventing hot sparks and splashes from damaging the eyes.
To protect your hands from vibration or impact caused by the force of the hammer on the chisel, you can use impact-resistant and vibration gloves. These are specifically designed for protecting the hands from repeated impact or vibration for an extended period of time.
They are typically used by those who work on construction and automotive sites that are exposed to jackhammers and pneumatic tools.
If you don’t have an impact-resistant and vibration-resistant glove, you can also use leather gloves to protect your hands. These are very useful in giving good grips, and at the same time, protect the hands from sharp objects and debris.
They are also ideal to use when there is a moderate level of heat caused by welding or friction. You can also choose different built-in liners like Kevlar or winter lining, depending on your preference.
How to Crack a Gun Safe with Electronic Lock
Step 1: Place the chisel on the corner side of the gun safe and dislodge the key part
Before you start, don’t forget to wear your safety goggles and safety gloves as precautionary measures.
First, you have to place the flattened chisel with an extended tip on the corner side of the gun safe where the key section is located. After putting it in the right position, pound it using a club hammer or a ball peen hammer until you have successfully removed this part of the gun safe.
It may take you about 2 to 3 minutes before you can dislodge the key part.
Step 2: Look for the silver knob
Once you have dislodged the key section of the gun safe, you will see some screws and knobs beneath the digital keypad. Now, look for the silver knob. Whether you are trying to crack a cannon electronic safe, crack a liberty gun safe or crack Winchester gun safe, you will find this kind of knob.
Step 3: Remove the knob using the hammer and chisel
After you have found the knob, you must remove it using the hammer and the chisel. When you are hammering the chisel, it is important that you hold it securely but not tightly since it may leave your arms and hands in shock caused by the blow.
Try swinging the hammer in a controlled rhythm rather than finishing everything in a single strike.
Step 4: Insert your finger inside the hole and press the button
You will find a hole once you have removed the knob. Insert your little finger inside the hole then look for a button. It is usually located on the lower side.
If you have already located it, press it and the gun safe will automatically open. Although this is a straightforward method, your gun safe will need to be repaired.
Do you enjoy our tutorial on how to crack a gun safe with an electronic lock? You don’t have to pay for a professional locksmith to open the gun safe in case you forgot your lock combination. By following the steps, you can do it by yourself. Aside from that, the method works for any kind of gun safe.
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His sure hand dances over the dial slowly bringing it to rest on the number 32. Pulling off his ski mask, he presses a keen ear against the cold metal door to listen for the last tiny, but tell-tale click. Beads of sweat appear along his hairline and trace their way down his forehead. After a few tense seconds, he sits back with a knowing smile. After entering the last number of the combination, the thief opens the safe as if it were his own?
In the movies, master thieves and spies can deftly defeat a safe in a matter of seconds using little more than steady hands and a good ear. Safecracking isn’t really that easy of course, but expert safecrackers really can get through just about any lock mechanism. It’s a matter of having the right tools, the right skills and plenty of patience.
In this article, we’ll examine the fundamentals of this rare skill and show you the ins and outs of safecracking.
Despite the tried-and-true design of the safe, it contains a fundamental weakness: Every safe must be accessible to a locksmith or other authority in the event of a malfunction or lock-out. This weakness forms the basis of safecracking.
In order to understand safecracking, you need to first understand the safe and the basic mechanisms that are used to protect it. Safes come in a variety of sizes and shapes that are specified for home or commercial use. Most safes fall into two categories: the fire safe and the burglary safe. The construction of a safe is specific to its intended function. Depending on the owner’s needs, a safe may be wall-mounted, set into (and seemingly under) the floor or simply bolted to the ground.
Fire safes are reinforced with fire retardant materials but have little in the way of actual protection against unwanted entry. The typical burglary safe is built to withstand a considerable attack. But due to their reinforced steel frames and iron cladding, the burglary safe tends to act like an oven; effectively cooking the contents when exposed to heat or flame.
The most popular method of safecracking is to simply steal the entire safe and move it to a location where the safecracker has the time and tools to take the safe apart and remove its contents. However, when design or circumstances do not permit this, the safecracker must contend with the locking mechanism. We’ll look at the locking mechanism in detail in the next section.
One main reason you buy a fireproof safe is that you want to keep your land titles, business contracts, checkbooks, and other important documents safe from fire. Of course, you also want an easily accessible safe. The only problem is, what if you will lose or misplace your key? In this article, you will learn how to open a safe without a key.
Fire-Resistant Safe vs. Burglar-Resistant Safe
The thing you have to know about first is why safes are manufactured. Safes exist to protect your most precious belongings. They exist for two main purposes—fire- and burglar-resistance. It is either of these purposes and not both. It is rare to find a safe that is both fire- and burglar-resistant. What is the difference?
They are designed to protect documents, important items in case of fire. So that you know, they have little burglar-resistant quality. These safes are designed to insulate and release moisture in extreme heat circumstances to keep the contents below temperature.
They are designed to protect valuables from theft. They have multiple mechanisms that will take longer to crack or get into. However, these safes are not fireproof.
Are all sentry safe keys the same? Perhaps you’d like to find out how to unlock sentry safe without code. Unfortunately, all sentry safes use the same key. So if you lose your keys or forget a combination, you’re out of luck. And that’s why you need to pull off this hack.
This part will focus more on how to open a safe without a key, because, surprisingly, this type of safe is easier to open and crack. Let us proceed on how to open fireproof safe without a key.
Things You Will Need
Do you know you only need a few things to open a sentry safe without the use of keys? Especially if it’s just a small fireproof safe. It will amaze you how safes, which are difficult to break open, are easily unlocked with the use of the following:
Opening Without Key
Once you have the items mentioned, you are ready to open your fireproof sentry safe. Here is how to break into a safe:
- Insert the tip of your flathead screwdriver into the key socket or keyhole.
- Turn the screwdriver counter-clockwise. Wait until the lock releases.
- If that did not work, you could use a paper clip.
- Straighten the paper clip up and insert one end to the upper part of the keyhole.
- Then, with the tweezers, fit on the side of it just beneath the paper clip.
- Turn the tweezers until both slides further into the keyhole. Both have engaged in the internal chamber.
- After that, turn both counter-clockwise until the lock opens.
Very simple, right? However, you need to be patient and do not think of any funny ideas, like cracking a safe besides your own. That is illegal.
Using an Earth Magnet
Now, you ask, “Why are an earth magnet and a sock on the list of items to use?” Well, not sure if you are familiar with this, but do you know you can use it how to open fireproof safe without a key?
You can even use it to open most hotel doors and inexpensive safes. It is especially effective for mini sentry fireproof safes. I am as surprised as you are, but, again, do not think of any funny business.
You are here to learn how to open your fireproof safe and not someone else’s. But since earth magnets are rare, you will not be able to use this hack at all. Here is how you open a safe without a key but an earth magnet:
- Put your earth magnet in the sock.
- Place the magnet to the place where the nickel solenoid of the safe is. The solenoid is the mechanism that opens and locks the bolts of your safe.
- Once you placed the magnet, turn the safe knob, and open it.
The Last Tip
There are universal keys sold in locksmith stores that you can use in opening safes. Always keep them handy. As much as possible, do not open your safe without keys too often because that can damage the lock mechanism. Find out more about Fireproof Safes.
Do you own a Sentry safe? Then it might interest you—even shock you, some might say—to know that some models can be opened in less than five seconds. This method involves no damage to the safe and if you do it correctly, will leave no signs that you were even there at all. So how do you open a Sentry Safe? Well, it doesn’t take a locksmith with decades of experience or the Sentry Safe combination, all you need is a magnet.
“Different types of magnets will open up most hotel rooms, most inexpensive safes, and most apartments,” said locksmith Terry Whin-Yates, who proceeds to demonstrate by placing the magnet on the safe, giving it a good wiggle, and then opening the locked compartment.
“We did it on TV in 1.63 seconds,” the locksmith said.
It should be noted that this kind of Sentry Safe is designed specifically to protect against fire damage, not burglars with rare earth magnets in socks. Other safes, including most gun safes on the market, cannot be opened using this method. So before you start scrambling to put your guns in a safer place, you should probably consult a locksmith first.
We also, of course, do not encourage you to try this method on anyone else’s safe.
Skip to 3:45 for the actual safe opening.
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A safe is a Place where we keep our stuff safe or in other words you may say that the dedicated place for storage of your money as well as the property papers, costly ornaments and other such precious things is referred to as a safe. Often these safe are safeguarded with keynotes that are not easy to be cracked by anyone and thus there comes a need to look for the approaches that you may choose to go for while trying to crack the code for opening it and in case you need to do the same, you may choose to go for the tips we are mentioning here.
5 Ways to Crack a Safe
1. Try Spying On The Owner:-
First of all, if you do not know the code, try spying on the safe’s owner. Try making him wine and dine with you to enclose his secrets and make spy on him to know more. This will make you close enough with him and you will come to know all secrets about the safe’s owner.
2. The Password Crack Solution:-
There is a kind of solution that once applied to the keys can make you get the fingerprints in an easy way. You must have seen this trick in almost all the spy movies and this can help you as well. Simply make the use of that solution to get the keys with fingerprints on them and then use the tricks of permutations and combinations to make the possible guesses.
3. Try Using the Easy Approach:-
The easy approach follows you to make the guesses like the date of birth of that person or some other important date to him. This may even include the mobile number of that person or the simple code combinations like 1234 or 12345 or 0000 etc. Try making the guesses only if you are free for multiple attempts. In some cases there are only three chances provided failing which the safe gets locked permanently and this should be avoided.
4. Enquire it smartly:-
In case there are a limited number of turns that you are left with, you may choose to enquire it smartly from the owner like asking him the clue or asking him to take you as a friend and using the emotional torture to enquire it from him. This works in half of the cases.
5. Simply Break the Cabinet:-
In case you are left with a locked cabinet of safe because of the multiple unsuccessful attempts, you have no approach left but to cut off the safe’s cabinet with some gas welding machine or else simply put a spy camera around the place where the safe has been kept or put the voice transmitters to know more and get a clue about it.
The most common method safecrackers use to manipulate the safe itself is drilling. There are several ways to use a drill to open a safe. The most direct method is to drill into the face of the lock in order to reach the lever or drive cam. After accessing the lever or cam, the safecracker can use a punch rod to push them out of the way or bend them until they are no longer obstructing the path of the bolt.
As a countermeasure to this, many safe manufactures have installed heavy cobalt plates to prevent or slow down drilling into the front of the lever and cam housing. Whether the cobalt actually prevents the drilling or simply slows it down depends on the type of drill bit the safecracker is using. Most any conventional drill bit will spin against the cobalt plate without ever penetrating it. However, if the safecracker is armed with say a titanium or diamond bit, it could eventually penetrate the cobalt. But, this would probably cost the cracker several drills (as the bits will outlast the motors) and, more importantly, too much time. As you know, time is enemy-number-one to a safecracker — so, some other method would be employed.
Any skilled safecracker will, of course, know most everything about the safe he is drilling — including any countermeasures put in place by the manufacturer. So, to counter this countermeasure, safecrackers can drill in at an angle above the cobalt plate and go straight for the wheel pack. The cracker’s aim here is not to destroy the pack, but to see it. Using a small fiber-optic viewer called a borescope, the safecracker can watch the wheels spin as he turns the dial. Then it’s just a matter of lining up the notches and watching the fence fall into place.
Now, you may be wondering, “If there are ways around the cobalt plate — what’s a safe maker to do?” Additional protection is provided by systems called relockers. Though the designs vary from manufacture to manufacture, the relocker is tripped when the safecracker’s drill bit breaks a sheet of glass or plastic while drilling into the lock. Once this material is breached, it triggers a set of auxiliary locking devices which will lock out the safe completely. Even the proper combination will not open the safe once the relocker has been activated. The safe owner must call a safe technician or locksmith to retrieve the safes contents.
Side drilling is a method used to reach the bolt itself. The safecracker bores a hole into the side of the safe using a long nine- or ten-inch drill bit. A borescope is used to see the position of the bolt. Next, the safecracker takes a long punch rod and pushes the bolt out of the way.
Drilling holes in the rear of the safe is another method of attack. The safecracker drills two holes: one for the borescope and one for a special extra-long screwdriver. The safecracker uses the borescope to see the screws that attach the plate covering the wheel pack. Then he removes this plate and uses the screwdriver to move the wheels into position to allow the bolt to pass.
When drilling a safe, the thing safecrackers have to bear in mind is that even the smallest mistake could damage the safe beyond any hope of opening it at all.
These are just some of the more commonly used drilling methods. But, drilling is not the only way. Next, we’ll look at some ways to open a safe that are even noisier than drilling.
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The Washington Free Beacon is pushing back against fact-checkers and the White House after they dismissed a February report from the outlet that claimed government funding could be providing “free crack pipes” to drug users as part of “safe-smoking kits” handed out by substance abuse programs and harm reduction organizations.
“Yes, safe smoking kits include free crack pipes. We know because we got them,” Free Beacon reporter Patrick Hauf wrote in a Tuesday investigative report.
According to Hauf, Free Beacon visited five harm reduction organizations in five cities — Boston, Baltimore, New York City, Richmond, and Washington D.C. — and received crack pipes as part of the safe smoking kits being handed out.
Outrage first erupted at a February report from Free Beacon regarding a recently-announced federal grant program through the Department of Health and Human Services that is awarding approximately $30 million to programs aimed at combatting drug addiction. According to the report, free crack pipes could be included in “safe smoking kits” that would be funded by this program.
The White House quickly denied this, and numerous fact checks dropped calling the assertion false. Some reports, like one from USA Today, denied that pipes are included in smoking kits.
At a February press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called stories about free crack pipes “inaccurate reporting.”
“They were never a part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting,” she said, adding that a safe smoking kit can include “alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases.”
Applications to receive grant money were due in February, and money is expected to be given out this month.
Hauf included images of the five crack pipes from five cities and wrote:
All of the centers we visited are run by health-focused nonprofits and government agencies—the types of groups eligible to receive funding, starting this month, from the Biden administration’s $30 million grant program.
It is unknown however if these specific locations will be receiving government grants or if the administration will deny money to organizations that do include pipes in their safe smoking kits. Psaki did say in the February press briefing that the federal government will not support indirect or direct funding for pipes.
A sturdy safe will protect your most prized possessions against all sorts of threats. But if you lose the combination then your safe becomes inaccessible. Thankfully, all is not lost in such a situation. It’s possible to open a safe even when you have lost its combination. All you need to do is follow the steps outlined in this article.
- Types of Safes
- Opening a Safe Without the Combination
- For a Dial Safe
- For a Digital Safe
- The Brute Force Option
- Taking Your Safe to a Locksmith
Types of Safes
There are many different types of safes on the market right now. Gun safes, fireproof safes, de-mountable safes, and luxury safes are all available. But most safes can be placed into one of two categories: dial safes and digital safes.
A dial safe is the traditional option and they have been in use for hundreds of years. The typical dial safe features a dial on its exterior which unlocks the door when turned in a specific pattern. Many people prefer dial safes to digital safes because they don’t rely on power cords or batteries. Therefore they won’t be affected by power outages. Dial safes also tend to be more resilient and they usually last longer than digital alternatives. A quality dial safe can last you a lifetime and it won’t be rendered obsolete by modern technology.
Digital safes are more widely available, and businesses generally prefer digital safes to dial safes. A digital safe is particularly useful in a work environment because its combination can be easily changed when an employee leaves. Digital safes are also popular for personal use.
Most digital safes penalize multiple incorrect password entries by disabling their keypad for a period of time. This has its pros and its cons. A security lockout feature enhances the overall dependability of a safe. However, it also means that inadvertently hitting one wrong key three times in a row can leave you locked out of your safe. This may seem unlikely at first, but it becomes a legitimate possibility when trying to open your safe in a hurry.
Opening a Safe Without the Combination
The internet is filled with supposed methods of cracking open a safe. However the vast majority of them involve damaging the safe, which should be a last resort. Below we’ll review the best ways to open both a dial and digital safe.
For a Dial Safe
Here the steps for a dial safe:
- First you must find the safe’s emergency key. You almost definitely received an emergency key when you purchased your safe. Let’s hope you can remember where you put it, because you’re going to need it to properly open the safe without the combination. Otherwise you would need to crack the safe by force.
- Remove the panel that covers your safe’s dial. Removing the dial panel is usually fairly easy and can be done using your bare hands. Attempting to pry the panel from the dial using a fork or similar tool is ill-advised and will likely damage the exterior of your safe.
- Once you have removed the dial panel, take a look beneath the dial itself. There you should find a small round notch. This is the emergency keyhole. The emergency keyhole is usually designed to blend in with the safe, so you may not spot it right away. It’s worth noting that not all manufacturers place the emergency keyhole beneath the dial. You might find your safe’s emergency keyhole to the side of the dial.
- Insert the emergency key into the emergency keyhole and turn it until the safe opens. Be sure to return the key to its original position before removing it. Neglecting to do so may result in the safe failing to lock or the emergency key failing to work the next time you need it.
For a Digital Safe
Here are the steps for a digital safe:
- Some digital safes have emergency keys. But if your safe doesn’t then you need to press the reset button. To do this you must first locate the safe’s bolt openings. These bolt openings can usually be found on the back of the safe. Some smaller digital safes may have their bolt openings on the base.
- Once you have located your safe’s bolt openings, take a flashlight and shine it through each opening. Move from bolt opening to bolt opening until you find one that allows you to clearly see the safe’s interior keypad.
- Once you have located your safe’s interior keypad, find a rod that is long and thin enough to fit through the corresponding bolt opening. An uncoiled wire hanger is a good option, but you can use whatever you want as long as it gets the job done. Push the rod into the safe and hit the “reset” button on the interior keypad. It may be necessary to hold the button down for ten seconds or so.
- Enter your new combination on the safe’s interior keypad and hit the “set” button. Most digital safes will emit a beeping noise when a new combination has been set. If you don’t hear one right away, hold the “set” button down. If ten seconds pass without a sound, then assume your code has been set.
- Remove the rod from your safe. Enter your new combination on your safe’s exterior keypad to ensure it was set correctly. If your safe fails to open, then you’ll have to take your rod and repeat the process.
The Brute Force Option
There are a number of brute force techniques that are used to crack open a safe. Drilling is perhaps the most common of these techniques. As you likely guessed, this involves drilling a small hole in the safe and picking the lock from the inside. Drilling is usually only effective in older safes. Most modern safe manufacturers design their locks to be impervious to picking from all angles.
When trying to unlock a newer safe, you may be forced to use a saw or blowtorch. While effective, there is a lot of effort involved. It should be treated as a last resort and avoided until all other methods of opening your safe have been exhausted.
Taking Your Safe to a Locksmith
If you have forgotten the combination to your safe then you always have the option of taking it to a locksmith.
Taking your safe to a locksmith has its pros and cons. Its major advantage is that it’s far less time-consuming than the DIY methods outlined above. If you are short on time or if the task is difficult, then hiring a locksmith is a good option.
It’s important to remember that locksmiths are expensive to hire. Therefore you should be prepared to pay a lot of money to get your safe open. Also, the vast majority of techniques employed by locksmiths result in lasting damage to the safes.
We suggest that you try to open the safe yourself when possible. While it requires more time and effort, it’s far more cost-effective than taking your safe to a locksmith.
Opening a safe without the necessary combination can be a challenge. However it’s far from impossible. The methods outlined above are tried and tested. As a last resort you could also take your safe to a locksmith.
First of all, did he buy the safe at Home Depot? If so, the safe is probably worthless. Not worthless as in it can’t be resold to some other dummy hoping to protect some trinkets from snooping children or house guests. Just worthless as in it won’t keep determined individuals out for very long should they come wielding crowbars and blowtorches to get inside it.
Determined individuals…such as you.
Or maybe you just want to know which types of safes to avoid when shopping for protection for your own treasure hoard.
In any case, we know you’re unlikely to believe much of anything just coming from us, so we’ve brought in some experts to discuss the matter. The friendly folks at Brown Safe have been constructing some of the highest quality, nearly impenetrable safes on the market for decades now. They gave us the sad truth about the current state of the safe business.
Here are 8 things you should know about safe cracking.
Like we said, the safe is probably worthless
“The startling truth is 95% of the safes built today are only designed to withstand attacks by common household tools for a maximum of 5 minutes. Even most high end safes fare only marginally better.” That’s a quote from Lynel Brown, VP of Brown Safe.
She has some experience in the field, having once cracked a safe purchased from a local department store in less than two minutes during a demonstration.
She adds that, “Hidden within the ranks of everyday immoral criminals, exists a highly capable class of criminal safecrackers, professional and highly efficient thieves capable of violating and emptying a fortified safe within minutes.
However, this is not the kind of criminal who will likely invade your home. The vast majority of safe attacks are performed by ill equipped idiots armed with simple crowbars and hammers…but in the vast majority of cases, these idiots will succeed.”
A closely guarded secret within the safe industry…back in the 80’s an onslaught of extremely cheaply built foreign safes devastated the US safe manufacturing industry, crippling and destroying the reputable safe builders.
Facing extinction, most safe builders survived by severely cheapening the build quality of their own safes in order to directly compete with the Chinese knock-offs. Many builders gave up safe manufacturing altogether and served under the overseas aggressors as glorified distributors.
Only a handful of safe companies that produced quality safes managed to survive the slaughter.
Typical Chinese toy being marketed as a handgun safe on Amazon. It weighs about three pounds and is designed to resemble the much better Vaultek VT20i. Needless to say, it’s completely worthless.
The internet made it even worse
For years, the little known fact that safes were no longer impregnable strongboxes was concealed. The prior reputation safes carried was generally enough to prevent simple criminals from even attempting entry, and instead thieves searched elsewhere for easier pickings. However, with the advent of the internet and popular social networking sites like YouTube, the truth about safes spread like wildfire among the criminal element.
Type the word “safecracking” into any search engine today and you’ll be greeted with a vast library of friendly and easy to follow videos providing all manner of instructions on illicit safe entry.
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It’s completely normal that you forgot the codes of your combination lock or your lock stops working. That doesn’t mean you’re locked out of your stack-on gun safe forever. It can be difficult to break into a gun safe but it’s doable. You just need to learn how to break into a stack-on gun safe.
How to Break Into a Stack-On Gun Safe
Before learning how to break into a Stack-on gun safe, you should take measures that this never happens again. Because breaking into a gun safe can post risks and cause permanent damage to your gun safe. It may even become useless.
There are plenty of ways you can do to break into a Stack-On gun safe. Here are some of the most viable and popular options to break into a stack-on gun safe:
- Use a Backup Key
- Call a Locksmith
- Pry it Open
- Hammer it down
- Drill the Safe Lock
- Scooping the Lock
Check if You Have a Backup Key
If you have your backup key, look for a slot located beneath the electronic keypad. Insert the backup key at the 9 o’clock position and turn it to 1 o’clock position. If it doesn’t work, check the instruction sheet that came along with your Stack-on gun safe or contact their customer support.
Call a Locksmith
If the backup key method fails, do not tinker with your Stack-on gun safe. Call for professional help, first. If you have a warranty on your gun safe, it’s best to first contact the manufacturers. If they don’t offer to open your gun safe or your warranty doesn’t cover it, then it’s time to contact a locksmith.
A locksmith can help open your Stack-on gun safe for a price. However, finding a legit and trusted locksmith can be hard. Make sure that they have the license and credentials to back up their skills.
Pry it Open
Gun safes aren’t airtight so that they can relieve some pressure. There should be a prying space that you can insert any strong or hard rod to uninstall the locking area. However, remember that once it’s broken into, you can’t use it anymore because of the damage.
This method also takes a bit of time and luck. You need to push a strong iron rod or bolt and press it upward to throw open the outside. Be careful positioning yourself as the force you exert can hit you or other valuable objects.
Hammer it Down
You can also try to hammer down the Stack-on gun safe. Repeatedly hammering the locking mechanism may cause it to loosen and release the anchor that holds the locking bar inside the safe lock.
You can also use a nail to use as an effort to unlock a Stack-on gun safe. However, like most methods, this can cause permanent damage to your Stack-on gun safe, turning it useless.
Drill the Safe Lock
Using a drill will mean permanent damage to your Stack-on gun safe but it’s highly likely that it will open. You need to drill through the lock body in order to open the Stack-on gun safe.
Before you drill through the lock body, you need to drill through the gun safe’s outside steel. Usually, it’s thin with at least 1 ¾ inch of thickness. If it’s a composite type, there are insulations that you’ll need to go through. You’ll need special drill bits to penetrate the hard-plate steel.
You’ll only need 1 small hole to unlock a Stack-on gun safe and hitting the lock body to open it. After unlocking you can do repairs to keep the Stack-on gun safe from working. You can fill the holes with hardened tapered pins to restore the Stack-on safe to its original level of security. However, you might end up in need of replacing the gun safe depending on the extent of drilling.
Scooping the Lock
Scooping involves using a bore-scope to insert inside the hole in the lock body. A long steel thread around the combination keys is pushed to inactive the lock combination. Almost every locksmith uses this method for opening your gun safe.
However, this method requires a lot of skill and patience. You’ll use the bore-scope to observe and watch the wheels spin as you turn the dial. You need to line up the notches in order for the gun safe to unlock and open.
What is a Stack-On Gun Safe?
Founded in 1972 by John Lynn, the Stack-on product company operates in Chicago, Illinois. Stack-on manufactures gun safes, gun cabinets, garage storage, toolboxes, and organizers.
They’re most renowned for their gun safes made for both handguns and long guns. They offer gun safes at a reasonable price compared to other gun safe makers.
How Does Stack-On Compare to Other Gun Safes?
Stack-on offer cheaper alternatives to top-quality gun safes. Because of its lower price, don’t expect it to be at the same level as high-priced quality gun safes. Many users of stack-on gun safes only recommend buying one if you’re looking to store guns for 2-5 years as it isn’t good for lifetime storage.
When it comes to warranty, Stack-on provides a 5-year warranty for manufacturing defects and a lifetime warranty against fire, water, break-ins, among other things.
They also provide services and help in opening your Stack-on gun safe. Make sure you read the manual before you set-up your Stack-on gun safe. Stack-on gun safes also have various features that give you extra security in case you want to break into your Stack-on gun safe.
Stack-on gun safes are durable. Some Stack-on gun safes have locking bolts so the prying method mentioned above won’t work for this type of gun safes.
However, some buyers reported Stack-on gun safes are prone to unlocking when smashed or dropped. They also reported that the lock combination sometimes “loses its memory” and forgets your combination. You’ll have to push the reset button and reset your combination.
Stack-on gun safes are an affordable alternative to expensive quality gun safes. While they can store your guns, they don’t last and perform better compared to expensive quality gun safes. You can break into a Stack-on gun safe using the different methods described in this article. However, we recommend you let the professionals handle it if you can afford it.
This safe was kept stored in a garage for many years. See what they finally found inside…
My cousins had this safe in their garage for a few years. It belonged to their grandmother’s friend who had passed away. The friend had no family and everything to their grandmother, so the safe went to my cousin’s garage. They also found a 1930’s Gibson mandolin in the friends house.
Front of the safe
We tried the angle grinder first
Then switched to the air chisel
The safe was lined with this white substance. We were concerned it was asbestos but the internet told us it was probably just gypsum or plaster of paris.
It was lined with tin and wood
It was lined with tin and wood
The first view of the contents
Lost of papers and letters, and a wood box
Some of the papers. Lots of insurance, law and mortgage papers. We’re pretty sure the owner was a landlord.
Found in the wood box. Looks like some costume jewelry.
Also found in the wood box. More costume jewlery.
The inside of the safe. We thought it was empty but we spotted a metal box near the top.
One of the boxes in the metal box. Looks like some thimbles, necklaces and rings.
Necklace found in the box. It had a label from Naples.
Locket in the box. No special markings
Bad pic of a tiny ivory elephant
I wasn’t sure what was up with this pendent.
The symbol on the front
Anybody have any idea about these piece
This was very cool. It looks like a locket that has places for pictures like pages in a book.
Gold fountain pen tips
19th century life alert?
It would have been more interesting if they had found the bones of the grandfather.
- This chart shows the time it would take for a computer to crack passwords.
- A password of 8 standard letters contains 209 billion possible combinations, but a computer is able to calculate this instantly.
- Adding one upper case letter to a password dramatically alters a computer’s potential to crack a password, extending it to 22 minutes.
- Having a long mix of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers is the best way make your password more secure.
- A 12-character password containing at least one upper case letter, one symbol and one number would take 34,000 years for a computer to crack.
Password, 123456, qwerty – while passwords which appear on the list of the most common passwords should definitely be retired from use, even a more unique password can be easy to crack if a computer program is tasked with systematically breaking it.
As seen in data by website Security.org, adding even one upper case letter to a password can already dramatically alter its potential. In the case of an eight-character password, it can now be broken in 22 minutes instead of instantaneously in one second – an increase of more than 1000 percent.
While the added time in this case is definitely not good enough to end up with a satisfactory password, the high security gains of using characters other than lower case letters can be multiplied. When using at least one upper case letter and one number, an eight-character password now would take a computer 1 hour to crack. Add another symbol and it takes eight. To make a password truly secure, even more characters or more than one uppercase letter, number or symbol can be added. A twelve-character password with one uppercase letter, one number and one symbol is almost unbreakable, taking a computer 34,000 years to crack.
If you own firearms, having a gun safe is the single most responsible thing to do. It will protect your guns form any exterior damage as well as from getting into the wrong hands.
Cannon electronic gun safes are getting very popular nowadays. They are simple to use, offer great protection, and pretty affordable than most of the safes available in the market. As they require a combination, it’s possible to forget the combination of the safe. And that can get you locked out from your guns.
You might be asking how to break into a cannon gun safe. There are several methods you can try that are pretty effective in the process. Let’s go over a few that are the most effective.
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How to Open a Cannon Safe without the Combination
As mentioned earlier, you can forget the combination of the safe. That might be very frustrating for you. But it’s possible to open it anyways. Let’s discuss some methods on how to open a safe if you forgot the combination.
1. Using the Backup Key
Every Cannon electronic safe comes with a backup override key. It is an alternative way to gain access to the safe without doing anything fancy. If you forget your combination by any chance, this is the first thing to do.
Most of the renowned gun safe manufacturers provide 2 sets of override keys with the safe. Sometimes the keyholes are hidden behind or under the safe. You just need to use the key as it will override the whole locking mechanism and unlock the safe for you. Make sure to use the reset button and reset the lock to be able to use the safe easily in the future.
The backup keys also imply when the battery of the safe runs out. You’ll be able to use the keys to unlock the safe right away. So, before you even try anything else, use the backup keys. It will solve the issue right away without any extra effort.
2. Using a Hammer
As you lose the combination of your safe lock, there is a slight chance of losing the backup keys as well. Then you’d have to use some other techniques to break open if you are wondering how to open a gun safe without the key.
Is it possible to unlock an electric safe with a hammer? For most of the basic safes available, it’s undoubtedly possible. Electronic gun safes have a solenoid inside. You’d have to hit the safe on top with the hammer. Also, you’d have to turn the handle of the safe simultaneously. What that will do is, the solenoid will fall for a few microseconds. And as you are also turning the handle, the safe will open if it’s timed correctly.
It is a fairly self-explanatory method. But be mindful that this method can cause damage to the locking mechanism, which can ruin the gun safe for further use. Only use this method if you don’t care about a safe to get ruined.
3. Drilling a Hole
This is a pretty effective method on how to break into a cannon gun safe. It implies pressing the reset button to unlock the safe.
As there is a reset button inside of every safe that uses electronic locks, you’ll be able to unlock the safe using it. But accessing the button is the trickiest part of all. You need to drill a hole to be able to press the button.
You might ask how to drill a cannon gun safe. You’ll need a sturdy drill machine for that. Also, know that it’s gonna take some time to penetrate the drilling machine through the body of the safe. How much time it takes really depends on the thickness and the material of the gun safe. So you must be patient during the process.
Once the drill machine is through, you can start with the next step. For that, you’ll need something narrow and strong that can fit through the hole you created. You can use paperclips or hairpins. They will get the job done perfectly.
Take a flashlight and take a look at the interior and search for the reset button. Once you locate it you can start reaching for the reset button. It might be a bit knacky, but take your time with it and you’ll be able to get it.
Once the button is pressed, you’ll hear a beeping noise. That indicates that the code has been successfully reset and you can now enter a new code. After you enter the new code, the safe will unlock.
This method might be very effective, but it ruins the safe in the process of drilling. You can still use it if you take the safe for a repair and fill the hole.
4. Contact the Manufacturers
If you don’t want to risk destroying the safe, the best bet for you would be to contact the manufacturers. They will take full responsibility for the product and will give the full service cheaper than any other alternatives.
And if you have a warranty, you’ll get full free servicing too. It’s better to get anything done by the manufacturers than any other 3rd party companies. It will cost you a lot less and also will ensure more security. So, make sure to check if the warranty of the safe is still available. If it’s expired, still it’ll cost you a lot less than any other place.
You’ll need some things to fill up the requirements such as the model, the serial number, papers that come with the safe, the payment receipt, the warranty card. Those are to prove that you are the true owner of the gun safe. Make sure to fill out the details to get the services delivered faster.
5. Take it to a Blacksmith
Blacksmiths are professional at dealing with all kinds of issues with your safe. You better take your gun safe to a professional rather than doing anything with it all by yourself. You are more likely to ruin the safe for further use. Taking it to a local blacksmith can save it and cost you pretty cheap.
The blacksmith will require some paper form your side to prove that the gun safe is yours in the first place. You should take all the documents and the receipt of purchase with you to avoid any kind of issue.
Still Confused watch this video, I think you’ll get a good idea.
Now you know a few methods on how to break into a cannon gun safe that you can use. As you saw, some of the methods damage the locking mechanism of the safe. It’s recommended for you to stick to the ways that don’t damage your gun safes. You can share this article and let your friend know how to open a cannon safe without the combination easily and with only a few tricks.
Gun safes are not the most affordable object in the world. You definitely don’t want to ruin unless you don’t have any other option. Buying a new one might be pretty costly than paying a few dollars to the manufacturing company of the blacksmith.
But if you don’t really care about the gun safe that much, use those techniques that are shown. Those are pretty effective in opening the safe for you. But the best thing to do would be to write the combination down somewhere so you don’t forget it. Also, store the backup keys to a safe spot where you can get a hand on these easily. Hopefully, you learned a few techniques on breaking into a cannon gun safe that you can use if ever a situation calls for it.
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That is the exact safe that I have. I don’t have the key or the combo. My ex has them both but the safe is in my house. It’s been over a year and he obviously doesn’t want the safe because he already took possession of the items that he wants. I’m wanting to give the safe to someone but not sure if there’s anything that I can do to get it open?
“They were never a part of the kit, it was inaccurate reporting.” Those were White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s words earlier this year when she was asked about reporting that a new “harm reduction” grant program from the federal government allowed taxpayer dollars to end up putting free crack pipes in the hands of addicts.
Townhall, at the time, covered the insane federal program — first reported by our friends at The Washington Free Beacon. Biden’s goons in the mainstream media and supposedly independent fact-checking organizations were quick to try and hide the truth after the Biden administration got caught with their hands in the. crack pipe jar.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra released a statement at the time saying “no federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement of grantees to put pipes in safe smoking kits.”
Former Vox “journalist” Aaron Rupar pounced on behalf of Democrats and tweeted furiously that the claim was a “lie,” “false,” nothing more than “Fox News-fueled hysteria,” and “total BS!” then used his tweets to hawk subscriptions to his Substack.
The Daily Beast laid blame for the narrative with a “false” report in The Washington Free Beacon. The Washington Post fact-checked the claim and concluded that “no,” the Biden program wouldn’t see crack pipes given to addicts.
The self-appointed arbiters of truth at Snopes rated the claims made by The Beacon, Townhall, Fox News, and concerned lawmakers “mostly false” before subsequently changing their rating to “outdated.” USA Today debunked the claim. So did CNN and Politifact.
On Thursday, WaPo fact-checker Glenn Kessler updated his initial story that disputed The Free Beacon’s first report on the free crack pipes to include their now plain-as-day proof, but did so without so much as an “oops” or “sorry” from the outlet that claims “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”
To summarize, the Biden administration made a huge mistake in allowing crack pipes to be part of taxpayer-funded “safe smoking kits,” was rightly called out for the insane decision, then quickly denied that such a provision was ever included, after which liberal outlets, writers, and fact checkers used the denials to rule truthful stories as false.
But now, thanks to followup reporting from The Beacon, the truth is again being told — and it’s leaving the mainstream media with a whole pile of egg on its collective face:
Crack pipes are distributed in safe-smoking kits up and down the East Coast, raising questions about the Biden administration’s assertion that its multimillion-dollar harm reduction grant program wouldn’t funnel taxpayer dollars to drug paraphernalia.
The findings are the result of Washington Free Beacon visits to five harm-reduction organizations and calls to over two dozen more. In fact, every organization we visited—facilities in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, Va.—included crack pipes in the kits.
While the contents of safe-smoking kits vary from one organization to another—and while those from some organizations may not contain crack pipes—all of the organizations we visited made crack pipes as well as paraphernalia for the use of heroin, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine readily available without requiring or offering rehabilitation services, suggesting that pipes are included in many if not most of the kits distributed across the country. All of the centers we visited are run by health-focused nonprofits and government agencies—the types of groups eligible to receive funding, starting this month, from the Biden administration’s $30 million grant program.
So, what Jen Psaki said was. false. So was the statement from HHS. And the posts from Rupar and other Twitter libs. And WaPo. And supposedly independent fact checkers, several of which are trusted by Facebook to police speech on its platform.
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Without proper maintenance, safes can malfunction just like cars, computers, locks, or even motorcycles. For example, if you have a home safe with a combination dial, it is important to change the combination annually. This inexpensive service will help you accomplish two goals. Your combination will, of course, be updated which maintains security, and secondly, the locksmith will be able to lubricate your bushings and bolt work.
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Ah, the Sentry Gun Safe. What a useful product to have to help secure your firearms and other items you considered to be valuable. However, all of that innovation and technology becomes useless if you have lost your keys or don’t know the key combination to get into your safe. How to open a Sentrysafe without a key or combination?
Because of their high quality design and materials they use to develop these safes, they have become a dependable option for those who are looking to keep their items secure. Now you have nothing more than a giant puzzle box, keeping you from being able to get at the items you consider to be most valuable to you. Talk about a nightmare.
The Chances Are It Can Happen to You
Before you start shaking your head, chastising those who would be stupid enough to lose their keys or to forget their keycode, keep in mind that there are a number of people who are reading this article who are in need of a means to get into their safe. Maybe you are one of them.
The reality is that people lose stuff. It happens. You may have had your safe key on the keychain that had your car and house keys, and they may have been stolen. Maybe you lost them in some kind of catastrophe, or your house was broken into. There are a number of reasons why somebody may have lost their keys.
In addition, it is quite common for people to forget what keycodes they have programmed. This is especially true if they have recently changed the Keiko. You may have become so accustomed using a certain code, that the new one has slipped your mind. So before you start wagging your finger (metaphorically) at those who are reading this article right now and are in need of trying to find a way to get another safe, understand that this could very easily happen to you.
What to Do If You Can’t Get Into Your Sentrysafe?
Now that we have dispensed with the finger-pointing, it is time to address how you can get into your safe. Outside of calling a professional or taking measures that may result in permanent damage to your safe, there are a few options you should try first.
#1 Contact the Manufacturer
Where you always want to begin in a situation like this is by placing a call to the manufacturer. What you may find is that you can acquire a brand-new key by being able to provide your serial and model numbers.
They may also have a failsafe code you can enter to reprogram in a new code to gain access to your safe. Sometimes there is a reset code that is available, that it may be that you have to have the current code to use the reset code. That may be of no help to you at all. However, there may be a code they can give you that will give you access right away. It doesn’t hurt to try that first.
#2 The Magnet
If that fails, then your next option is to try a rare earth magnet. It should have at least 125 pounds of pull force, something that should cost you somewhere between $20 and $50. It should be disc-shaped, much like a hockey puck looks. This will help you to ensure that you are getting the right amount of force.
Put the magnet inside the sock. This makes it a little easier to slide across the surface of the safe. Now, hold the magnet in the top left corner of the safe. What you are looking for is something called the solenoid, which is usually in the top left corner. When activated, this brings the lock mechanism. By holding your magnet there, it will trigger the solenoid.
Slowly began to slide the magnet across the top corner as you pull the handle. What you are likely to find is that the magnet will activate the solenoid. If you are pulling on the door handle when it is activated, the door should open for you.
#3 Use a Nail File
Another option would be to use a nail file. You can also use a flat head screwdriver if a nail file is not available to you. Slide the nail file into the keylock, and begin to wiggle it until you are able to release the pin inside the lock. As that occurs, begin to try to turn the nail file until you hear a click. This means that the pins have been released and you are able to open the safe.
#4 Use a Paper Clip
You may feel that it is a Hollywood idea that you can open the lock with a paperclip, but the truth is that you can. You want to begin by straightening the paperclip but leaving one part of it bent at the top. Pitch that top portion closed so that the top part is about 0.25 inches in length. Using pair of pliers to help pinch it. Now, using that end that you pinched, slide it into the keylock.
The pinched and should be at a 45° angle to the rest of the paperclip, giving it an L shape. Now, jiggle the paperclip inside the lock. Once you begin to hear the pins release, begin to turn the paperclip until you are able to release the lock. It will often be that you need to get for pins to release to enter the safe.
What If That Doesn’t Work?
If you find that you are still unable to open the Sentrysafe by using one of these two measures, then you are really left with two options. The first is to hire a locksmith to do the job for you. If you have a small safe that you can transport to the locksmith, then take it into their shop. They are likely to be able to open the safe for you, and you don’t have to worry about them knowing where you have your safe located in your home.
If it is a large safe that is difficult to move, then you may have to hire a locksmith to come to your house. While you may not like the option of someone knowing your safe is that. It is a lot better than not being able to gain access into your safe.
If this is not an option for you, then you may have to consider some form of brute force to gain access. You can use a drill to bore a hole into the safe where you can release the locking mechanism. Understand that not all safes may afford you this opportunity. Many are made to be drill proof, meaning that your attempt to circumvent the security may not work.
If it is a smaller size safe, you may be able to just break it open. Either by using a crowbar or dropping it off the roof of your home, you are likely to break open the safe. It may be of no good to you after that, but at least you are inside your safe.
Sentrysafe is a great idea to protect your firearms and other valuables. However, it can be frustrating when you can’t get in. This should help you to be able to get past that barrier.
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Despite the large base of internet and mobile banking users worldwide, safes are still considered essential parts for home improvement. Sometimes we still come home with change and don’t want them lost. Sometimes, we have sensitive documents that we don’t want to tamper or even pieces of jewelry and prized possessions with very high sentimental value. All these items need to be preserved and kept out of reach. Home fitted safes are the best places to keep these items safe. This makes the question on how to open a 3 digit combination safe very relevant.
Home safes are small impenetrable boxes that are used to protect valuables and priceless possessions away from theft or fire. Discoveries of safes dated thousands of years ago have been made, suggesting that man has always felt the need to protect what he values most away from harm’s way. Yet, the question on how to open a 3 digit combination safe remains a viable one in so many spheres.
The regular emergence of crimes has forced a man to go the extra mile to protect his belongings from small jewelry to important documents.
USES OF SAFES
Home safes are used for a plethora of reasons. Some safes are designed specifically to protect your prized possessions from the fire. These safes are made with fire-resistant materials that keep them secure from fires. Some safes, however, are designed to secure possessions against burglary and theft. These safes come with special combination locks like a 3-digit combination safe. However, how to open a 3 digit combination safe remains a problem. Today, safes are built to offer protection against fire and theft.
MAKING THE DECISION FOR YOUR HOME SAFE
After answering the question on how to open a 3 digit combination safe, you should put the following factors into consideration:
- Size of the home safe.
- Waterproof/ fireproof capabilities.
- Locking system and mechanism used to protect the home safely.
- Price of the home safe.
- Weight and portability of safe.
- The durability of the home safe.
- Fire rating.
- Security measures were taken in choosing material for safety.
BEST SAFES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR HOME
Picking the best safe for your house would depend on its use, the kind of lick it employs and its ease of access. It would also depend on the kind of articles you want to protect. Questions like how to open a 3 digit combination safe also come up in picking a safe. The Amazon Basics security home safe is featured in many circles as the best safety in the market at this moment. Other top-quality safes include:
- Adir Home safe.
- Verify smart home safely.
- Ivation biometric home safe.
- 0.8CF Digital home safe.
- Sky 163 0.3CF digital home safe.
- Sentry safe security home safe.
- Sentry safe SFW123GDC electronic fire safe.
- Serene Life fireproof home safe.
- Viking home security safe.
HOW TO OPEN A 3-DIGIT COMBINATION SAFE.
Opening a safe can be exciting with the mystery that follows it. Although so many safes today make use of biometrics and passwords, the others stick to the old-fashioned combination locks. A 3-digit combination safe is effective. However, it raised the question of how to open a 3-digit combination safe. There is 1000 combination for a 3-digit combination safe. One could spend hours in front of combination locks and still have no clue on what to do. Trust me; getting it right is a fulfilling experience.
Here is a systematic guide for opening a three-digit combination safe
1. Turn the knob three times to the right until it gets to zero.
2. Find your first number and then return the knob now to the opposite direction (left).
3. While returning the knob to the left, pass through your first number two times and stop on it the third time.
4. Find your second number and turn the knob to the right, pass it in the first rotation and land on it the second time.
5. Now, rotate the combination knob to the left and stop at the third number of the combination. Do this without passing the third number at all.
6. Reduce your pace as you approach the last combination digit number.
7. When you arrive at the third combination number, turn the knob and pull the door open.
In an ideal society, safes would be useless. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is not ideal. It is necessary that we keep our valuables away from danger. To the question of how to open a 3 digit combination safe, add that to the excitement that comes from cracking a safe open after you have mastered the art of opening your 3-digit combination safe.
How to open a winchester safe without combination. In the gun safe sector, Winchester is a well-known brand. They produce extremely high-quality guns safes. These safes offer the highest level of protection against intruders and fire damage. As a result, if you misplace the combination, you may become frustrated.
You wouldn’t be able to quickly get into or crack open a Winchester safe because they are designed for utmost security. Nevertheless, completely locking the weaponry out is not an option.
Let’s look at how to open a Winchester safe without the need for a key.
How to open a winchester safe without combination
Here we are going to give you the three best ways.
Use the Override Code
Use the Winchester SafeOverride code. All Winchester safes come with an emergency override key. If you forget the vault combination, you can use the manual Winchester vault override code to override the locking mechanism.
This is the first thing to do if you lose a variety in the Winchester Safe. Using the key overwrites the lock and unlocks the safe.
It is recommended to reprogram the lock after using the override key. There is a button to reprogram the code. Press the button to set a new combination key for the Winchester Gun Safe.
If you’ve misplaced both the combo and the override key, you’ll have to shell out some cash and acquire a replacement key online. Finding websites that will supply the service in exchange for payment is simple. But first, see if your country is on the list.
You’ll need to send them your safe’s serial number and model number.
They will also need documents as verification that the safe is theirs in the first place place. After that, you must enter your credit card information and complete the checkout process. Within 1015 days after finishing, you should obtain a replacement key.
Contact the manufacturer
The most important thing to do if you lose both the combination and the key is to contact the manufacturer. Winchester has excellent after-sales service that you might find helpful. You need to email them or call them.
After purchasing, we usually offer free key exchange for a certain period. Therefore, check your credentials to see if they are allowed. The company will ask for your safe model and serial number.
You will also need proof of payment or proof of purchase. You will receive a free replacement key within 12 weeks of taking it. However, if the critical exchange guarantee has expired, you will have to pay some money for the override key.
This amount is less than the websites that offer primary exchange services.
And it’s much safer than any website you might find on the internet. So if you have the opportunity to contact the manufacturer, please do so. It’s the best way to go.
Take it to the blacksmith
If you can’t get the help of the manufacturer, for some reason it’s safe to take Winchester to a local blacksmith. The blacksmith solves the problem easily. You don’t want to try anything crazy to open the safe yourself. Just take it to an expert.
That is the best option. Safely delivering a Winchester gun to a blacksmith can be a daunting task as it is complicated to pick up a safe.
However, it is better than trying to open the door with a bar or the like. All documents must be brought with you, except for receipts and evidence.
Things You Should Not Do
If you’ve lost your combo key and are thinking about how to open a Winchester safe without a combo, there are some things you should not try. Let’s talk now.
The first thing to avoid is panic. There are ways to get back the goods trapped in your Winchester vault as you are reading. So don’t panic.
First, check if you can locate the override key. If you can’t find it, get in touch with the manufacturers. Breaking the locking mechanism, on the other hand, is something you don’t want to do. Winchester safes are built to safeguard your firearms from fire and theft.
As a result, cracking the lock on these gun safes is nearly impossible. Using a drill to gain access may not be feasible. It is nearly hard to pierce the vault because it is composed of a thick layer of steel.
How to open a winchester safe without combination. These were the best ways to open a Winchester safe without a combination. As you have seen, there is no safe way to break into or break into a safe. With a crowbar, it may work with some vaults. However, it damages the safe for further use.
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Can’t figure out how to open Dying Light 2’s various safes? Here are all the codes for every safe that has been discovered so far.
Dying Light 2‘s massive open-world will reportedly take you hundreds of hours to fully explore, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few of those hours are spent finding the game’s various hidden safes and trying to unlock them.
While Dying Light 2‘s safes are almost always in relatively close proximity of their codes (or clues that will lead you to them) it usually takes quite a bit of time to both find the safes themselves and the clues that lead you to their codes. That being the case, you’ll sometimes just want to skip to the solution and collect your rewards.
That being the case, here is the code for every safe in Dying Light 2 that has been found so far.
Dying Light 2 – Bazaar Church Safe Code
There’s a safe at the top of the church tower in Old Villedor Bazaar that you should be able to reach by jumping across nearby rooftops. You’ll run into this area as part of the early main quest “The Only Way Out,” but it will take quite a bit of stamina, skill, and patience to reach the spot.
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The clue to this safe is “5 x 100 + 15 – 5,” which, if you remember your order of operations, leads to the code: 510. You should find a tape inside of the safe after you’ve unlocked it.
Dying Light 2 – Nightrunner’s Hideout Safe Code
To find this well-hidden safe, you’ll need to go to Houndfield and head towards Cherry Windmill. Right above Cherry Windmill, you should spot a small hut that doubles as the Nightrunner’s Hideout. Inside that hideout, you’ll find a small safe in the back right corner of the room.
There’s a note inside of a container in this area that will tell you the code for the safe, but if you can’t seem to find it, then you can just skip that part and enter: 101. You’ll find an Inhibitor inside of the safe.
Also, be sure to turn the generator on in this hideout in order to convert it to an equally valuable Safe Zone.
Dying Light 2 – Garrison Electrical Station Safe Code (Broadcast Quest)
Inside the Garrison Electrical Station (which you’ll run into as part of the “Broadcast” mission) is a small safe that can’t be reached until you’ve performed the following actions:
Step 1: Use Power Cable “AB” to open Terminal A.
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Step 2: Use Power Cable “AB” to open Terminal B.
Step 3: Use Power Cable “1C” to open Terminal C.
These actions should unlock gates A, B, and C, which, in turn, should lead you to a clue that says the code for the nearby safe is the approximate number of PI. In other words, the safe code is 314. You’ll find an Inhibitor inside.
Dying Light 2: The First Biomarker Quest Safe Code
Inside the Saint Josepth Hospital (which you’ll encounter during “The First Biomarker” side quest) is a safe and a nearby note with the following riddles:
- What becomes smaller when you turn it upside down?
- An odd number – take away a letter and it becomes even
- A little girl goes to the store and buys one dozen eggs. As she is going home, all but three eggs break. How many eggs are left unbroken?
This combination of logic puzzles and math should lead you to the safe code: 973. Inside the safe is the Biomarker you were sent to find.
Dying Light 2: Downtown Bandit Camp Safe Code
Once you have access to the Central Loop (which should happen about a third of the way into the Dying Light 2 campaign), you’ll be able to clear out a Bandit Camp in the Downtown Zone. In that camp building is an open window with a yellow marker hanging out of it. Jump in that window, and you should find a safe sitting on a table.
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There’s a note inside that tells you the safe code, but if you don’t have time for all that, you can just enter 313 and take the Inhibitor that is inside.
Dying Light 2: Treasure Hunt Quest Safe Code
This incredibly elaborate treasure hunt quest is triggered by keeping the map as part of “The Deserter” sidequest. It asks you to decipher a series of surprisingly complicated coded messages that eventually lead you to the following clues:
“ZERO THREE TWO ONE SIX SEVEN”
Basically, that just means you need to go to Muddy Ground and find the nearby water tower. There, you’ll want to head into the flooded basement where you’ll find a safe. The code for the safe is 03-21-67. Inside are some incredibly valuable C4 explosives.
Dying Light 2: Horseshoe Water Tower Safe Code (Moonshine Quest)
It’s theoretically possible to encounter this safe naturally, but there’s really no point in bothering with it unless you’re completing the “Moonshine” quest that becomes available after “Welcome On Board” and after you’ve helped Jack and Joe in the “Water Tower” quest.
In any case, this quest will lead you to Jack and Joe who are locked up and ask you to find their moonshine to help them pass the time. They’ll mark a location on your map where you’ll find a safe. The clue for this safe is “hidden in the year of discovering America,” which (historical debates aside) is supposed to lead you to the safe code: 14-9-2. Unlocking this safe allows you to complete the quest.
Introduction: A Bit of Safe Cracking.
So my safe is locked, the batteries are dead and the key is somewhere on a beach about 50 miles away.
Sorry for the lack of photos, I documented this after the fact. needed my emergency cigarettes and the staple gun, also I wasn’t throwing out twenty quid.
By the way this is entered in the tool tips month, don’t know if it counts though, it does use tools in a different way but it’s ultimately just busting in to a safe.
DISCLAIMER – I take no repsonsibility for any readers misuse of this information or any readers who hurt themselves attempting this, by reading this instructable you, the reader takes full responsibility for his/her actions.
EDIT: more photos added, I couldn’t help but abuse the poor thing some more.
Step 1: Ripping It Open.
So you’ll only need:
Baby flathead screwdriver
A larger flathead flathead screwdriver (about the same width as the keyhole)
A pair of pliers (you can do without)
A set of dextrous fingers. (you can learn how to have these, don’t worry no opposable thumbs required. )
This should work on all cheaper safes, this one was a 5 hours fireproof, resistant to brute force and poking at through the bolt holes.
My brother forgot his code and it took me an hour of solid hammering with a 10lb sledghammer, this takes five minutes to half an hour, depending on how skillerd you are at prying.
Step 2: Remove the Faceplate.
So you need to remove the plastic faceplate.
Try kicking it from the side. that may knock it off, I eventually resorted to prying it with a screwdriver simply because mine was a bit low on the profile for kicking.
as a tip save the keypad, that way you can replace the batteries and it will still work afterwards.
Step 3: Getting Rid of the Lock.
So My idea was to rip the keylock apart and pull the mechanism with my hands, turns out that won’t work but you need to remove the keylock.
So removing the keylock isn’t too compicated, safety goggles are probably a good idea but not necessary if you’re of a more dangerous mindset.
Take the larger screwdriver, shove it into the key hole and pry sideways, the first bit will take considerable force. Now use the little screwdriver to remove the retainer ring on the outside. Now continue this process to take the lock apart layer by layer, eventually you’ll run out of lock to pry apart, at this point you’ll want to knock it out, easiest way is to put the screwdriver in on top and hit it with the palm of your hand. It’s only a thin retainer reing holding it and it wont matter if the lock mechanism falls inside.
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Step 4: Now Opening.
So now we have a nice hole in the safe.
Take your index finger and put it in the hole pointing towards the lock (the palm of your hand should face towards the handle). Use your free hand to jiggle the lock by the handle and feel along the mechanism until you come to a pin, it should be spring loaded. Nwo push the pin in while turning the lock, if it doesn’t come free then you have more pins to pop in, hold the handle to keep the first pin from going back in to place and follow along the mechanism pushing in the pins until the lock turns. Now use the hole for the lock as a handle to open the safe since the door is likely to be heavy.
Step 5: You’re In!
So you’re in to your safe, if the lock was any bother to undo then you may aswell keep it and replace the batteries and change the cod on the keypad. since the keypad is on the inside.
So after further investigation this safe has a fair amount of salvagable parts:
3x LEDs, red, green, yellow
handy keyboard circuit and board that I may use to make a door lock.
A nice battery holder hold 4x AA’s
A pretty tough lock mechanism
some nice heavyweight hinges
a thin bit of foam from the floor.
A dead lock that makes a nice prop for film projects and the like.
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This tutorial shows you how to break into a digital safe. The technique uses a design floor in the safes often found in hotels or homes.
Step 1 Turn the Dial the Wrong Way
The first step is to find out which way the dial should be turned. It is usually clockwise. Then turn the dial the incorrect way. This is to make sure the “pin” locking the sliding bolt is free to move.
Step 2 Hit the Safe
I admit this may sound silly, but you should hit the safe firmly with either your hand, a rubber mallet, or other object. This will move the “pin” that obstructs the sliding bolt for a split second.
Step 3 Turn the Dial the Correct Way
A split second later, turn the dial the correct way. If the “pin” is down, the sliding bolt will move ad the dial will turn all the way around, opening the safe.
Step 4 If the Safe Does Not Open, Repeat
It may take a few attempts to open because the timing is very particular. If you cannot open the safe by using your hand, try using a mallet.
- The most important thing is not how hard you hit the safe, but the timing after you turn the dial.
- You can also put a slight tension on the safe and then hit it, however, it may not work on some safes.
- Don’t try this on anyone else’s safe, just your own.
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Losing or forgetting your Winchester safe combination can be a disaster if you don’t know how to bypass it. Luckily, there are a few ways to open your Winchester safe without a combination, but the easiest one is with a safe key. Whether it be using your key or prying it open, let’s take a look at how you can open your Winchester safe without a combination.
A safe can be a sound investment in protecting the things that are most valuable to you. It is the extra layer of protection that we desire to keep those truly valuable and important items as protected as they can be.
But what happens when you lose the combination? Does that mean that you are trapped without access to your valuables? For a dial safe, you can use the emergency key, remove the panel, or crack the safe by force. Digital safes have similar options and will need to be opened manually.
Why Would You Need to Open a Safe without the Combination?
If you have the combination to the safe, why would you need to learn how to open it without one? Well, things happen in life and there may come a time where you forget what the combination is. Keeping it stored in a secure yet accessible location is important, but it is still possible to lose that combination.
So, if you want to gain access to your valuables, you will need a way to open the safe otherwise. That can mean an emergency key, removing dials or panels, or even cracking it open. The latter is a last-ditch effort and should only be done when there are no other options.
Opening a Winchester Dial Safe without the Combination
There are two main kinds of safe out there: dial and digital. The dial safe is the older model and has a dial that is turned in sequence to unlock it. There are plenty of methods out there, but most of them involve damaging the safe.
Doing any damage to your safe should be the absolute last thing to try. There are other methods that can work when it comes to opening a dial safe without the combination.
Step 1: Find the Emergency Key
The first thing that you should do is try to locate the emergency key for the safe. For just about any safe out there, you will have received an emergency key for just such an occasion. If you forgot the combination, you would need to remember where you keep the emergency key.
The emergency key is as good as a combination. Without it, you are left to find other methods for opening the safe. Try to be responsible by keeping the key in a well-hidden spot whose location you will remember.
Step 2: Remove the Dial Panel
If you can’t recall the combination and you don’t know where the safe’s emergency key is, don’t lose hope quite yet. Start by removing the panel covering the safe’s dial. This is pretty easy and can typically be done without the use of any tools.
Do not use a tool or household item to pry the panel cover off. Using a tool to pry the cover off can potentially damage the panel and compromise the integrity of your safe. Remember, you want to get into the safe, not damage it along the way.
Step 3: Find the Notch
When you have the dial panel removed, take a look underneath of the dial itself. You should be able to find a small, rounded notch. This is where you would use the emergency keyhole. The keyhole itself is meant to blend in with the rest of the safe, so it may take some time for you to spot it.
Generally speaking, manufacturers will use different locations for their emergency keyhole. If you can’t find it on the bottom of the safe, it could be on the side. Just give the safe a once over to determine the location of the keyhole.
Step 4: Using the Key
When you have located the keyhole, insert the key and turn it until the safe pops open. Make sure that you return the key back into its original position before you remove it from the emergency keyhole.
If you do not return the key back into its original position, the safe may not lock. You also run the risk of the emergency key failing entirely the next time that you need to use it. Take the extra time to ensure the key has been properly turned.
Opening a Winchester Digital Safe without the Combination
More modern safes can also come with a digital keypad. Though the principal is the same – using a combination to open the lock – the execution may be slightly different. Keep the code for your safe in a secure spot.
Even doing so, you may forget the combination or lose it. While it isn’t the end of the world, it will make getting back into the safe a much more difficult endeavor. Keep that in mind and be extra careful so as to not misplace the combination.
Step 1: Emergency Key or Reset Button
Some digital safes will come with an emergency key. If yours doesn’t, then you will need to press the reset button to return it back to the original settings. To start, you will have to locate the bolt openings on your safe.
The bolt openings can generally be found on the back portion of the safe, though it may depend on what model you have. Some of the smaller digital safes out there have bolt openings on their base instead, so give it a quick once over.
Step 2: Inspect the Bolt Openings
When you have found the bolt openings on your safe, use a flashlight to shine light through each of the openings. Check each of the bolt openings to find one that lets you see through to the interior keypad of the safe.
You will need to locate the keypad before moving to the next step. If your safe came with a user manual, try looking it over if you can’t find the safe’s interior keypad. Depending on your model, it could be in a different spot than you thought.
Step 3: Use a Rod or Hanger
When you finally know which bolt opening to work with, you can move on to the next part. You need something long and thin – a rod or coat hanger should work fine – to fit into the right bolt opening. A coat hanger in particular is a good option as it is thin and steady enough to get the job done properly.
Whatever you want to use, you can. Push the hanger or rod into the safe in order to hit the reset button on the safe’s interior keypad. The reason the interior keypad is so tough to get to is that it is not meant to be reset regularly. You might have to hold down the reset button for 10 seconds or longer in order to institute the reset.
Step 4: New Combination
When you have properly reset your safe, it is time to set the new combination. To do this, you simply punch in your new combination on the interior keypad before hitting the “set” button. Most digital safes project a beeping noise when the new combination has been properly set.
Should you not hear that beeping noise, you may have to hold the “set” button down again. Hold it down for a good 10 seconds or so as you did in the previous step. If you don’t hear a sound after pressing down the button again, you can safely assume that the code has been properly set.
Step 5: Remove the Rod
With the new combination set, you can take the rod out of the safe. Put the new combination in on the exterior keypad of your safe to ensure that you punched it in currently. Should the safe not open with the new combination, you will have to repeat the process from above.