Safe Identification

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sat, Feb 6, 2010

Safe Identification

Safe Identification and Estimates for Safe Opening

Safe Identification does bring to light that a picture truly is worth a thousand words. An expectation of many safe technicians to have an image of your safe in order to properly identify your safe and provide an estimate for a safe opening is not unreasonable. For safe identification purposes, it is helpful to be able to send an image of your safe in an email. You can assist a locksmith or safe tech over the phone, or in an email, with safe identification by offering several important pieces of information, with or without an image. Proper safe identification should be helpful in obtaining an accurate quote for safe servicing fees or safe opening fees, should you be in need of safe services by a professional safe technician.

First, what is the overall size and shape of the safe? What is the size and shape of the door? When was the last time you were successful with the safe opening, and what do you remember with regard to the operation of the safe combination lock?

Second, does it have a dial or keypad? If a dial, how many numbers are on the dial, and what identifying marks are on the dial and ring? If a keypad, what is the shape of the keypad? What sounds do you hear when you use the keypad? Are there any visual indicators on the keypad? Are there any identifying marks on the keypad? Is there or was there ever a key required for the safe? If so, where does the key go in with respect to the dial or keypad? Are there any identifying marks are on the key? If you never had a key, or have lost keys, what do you remember about what the key or keys looked like?

Third, where is the handle located with respect to the safe lock dial or keypad? Directly below? Directly to the left of the dial? Somewhere in between? What is the distance from the center of the dial or keypad to the handle? These are all questions that can be answered over the phone or in an email and should be extremely helpful in obtaining estimates for safe opening.

Without an image of your safe, some of this information should be extremely helpful in describing the basic safe design to an experienced safe tech. The basic design is often helpful enough for an experienced safe tech to properly identify your safe for safe opening estimates. Because images are so helpful in proper safe identification and in providing an estimate for safe opening, it is strongly suggested that you take a picture of your safe door and attach it in an email to your locksmith. Without it, you may get only a rough estimate for safe opening.