Have you lost your safe keys? Never mind, call a locksmith. Locksmiths who offer a range of services; they also work with safes. They handle the installation of safes, fix a safe that’s broken, and help remove the safe door in case you have lost the safe keys.
The important thing is to make sure that the locksmith you call for the task has sufficient experience in working with safes. So, let’s tell you what your options are should you lose your safe keys…..
Should You Open the Safe?
In case you need the items in the safe straight away, then you might be tempted to break into it. This is not a smart decision, as most safes are designed to take in a lot of punishment. They are capable of withstanding an attempted entry and cannot be broken into easily with just a hammer or crowbar.
Your best option in this case is to hire a locksmith to pick the safe lock. This is not going to be easy as most modern safes of today have state-of-the-art security systems and cannot be unlocked with simple lock picking techniques. But locksmiths that specialize in working with safes should be able to pick the safe lock after some effort.
The locksmiths should be able to work with safes that have locks based on mechanical dial or electronic push button systems. They will have specialized tools with them that allow them to do that. Locksmithing requires a lot of skill that the average person cannot do.
Should You Drill the Safe?
This is another difficult option and should be used in case of a high-security safe which is impossible to pick. Drilling is an expensive technique and once the safe is drilled, it cannot be used ever again. So you will have to get the safe uninstalled and replace it with a new safe, which can cost you a lot of money. Think twice, or maybe thrice, when using this option. The better thing to do here would be to wait for the locksmith to replace the safe keys first.
Should You Get Replacement Keys?
The best option available to you is to get replacement keys made by your locksmith and to keep them with someone you trust. So if you have no idea where your old keys are, you can retrieve the replacement keys and use them instead.
Now, if you have lost the safe keys already, you should contact the safe manufacturer and make a request for a duplicate key. You will be asked to provide the name/number of the model, the serial number of the safe and a proof of ownership.
You can choose this option instead of asking the locksmith to pick the safe lock if you can afford to wait for a few days to open the safe. You could also get the replacement key directly from the manufacturer. The safe manufacturer may also ask for a notarized letter that proves you are the safe owner. You may be asked to pay a small fee to get the duplicate key.