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Archive for 2014

Happy Christmas – Chubb Trident grade 4

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Just to wish all my customers, family friends a very happy Christmas!

2014 has been a challenging year but I’m well on the way to being fixed. The time spent repairing has not been wasted.

 

Still having treatment and thank you for all the help from Sussex back pain clinic 

They have provided an excellent service and have really helped me get back on track.

Thank you to all my family, friends and the companies I work for for your understanding and sticking with me during this time

2015 is going to be a great year for S O Safe Services and I will be offering more services as I will have more knowledge, equipment and experience.

Hope everyone reading has a good one!

Here is a Chubb Trident Grade 4 safe, fitted in ex bank premises. This safe is fitted with two Mauer 11 lever Variator locks, extremely difficult to pick.

I had to do my homework on this lock and spent considerable time perfecting my picking technique. Paid off.

These locks are great as you can change the key without having to remove the lock from the safe.

It contains 11 levers and you really need to understand how this lock works to be able to open it without keys. This safe would have been extremely difficult to open

by other means due to its location so picking really was the only option. Re-keyed the safe and it is now providing its new owner with a exceptionally high security safe.

Happy Christmas!

No updates due to injury

Hi to everyone who stops to read the blog.

Sorry there has been nothing of interest to read or look at for a long while now. I assure you I am still here.

A temporary set back caused by a injury that has put me out of action for longer than anticipated.

Should be booked in for a scan in the next couple of days so I’m hoping that I’ll be back to work shortly.

 

Thanks to all the customers who have called in the mean time and I hope I helped out as much as I could.

I am still available via email and phone and I can happily recommend a trusted safe engineers all over the country who can assist you while I’m getting better – hopefully not too long now.

During this period I have learnt all about programming of various electronic locks, updated my database and bought new imaging equipment for site work and recording of safes and locks for future reference. The Nikon D600 is a full frame camera and it records extremely high quality images, works really well in low light and is a joy to use. To compliment this I’ve also added a small tough camera that is great just for quick reference shots – and the odd trophy shot – I’ve included a shot taken down at Rustington beach recently on one of my ‘short rehabilitation walks’

Stay tuned, I’ll be back very soon.

Thanks,

Simon – S O Safe Services Ltd

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SAVTA Membership

savtalogosSAVTA (Safe and Vault Technicians Association) have issued a warning about tradesmen using the logo without authorisation, being a member of SAVTA or even being a safe engineer. All companies and individuals who are members of SAVTA have been issued a number.

My number is SR1391140. This number should be displayed below the logo. It is a moment of transition so many members have not yet added this to their websites or stationary.

It is important to call the right person for a job. Many companies who offer a safe opening and repair service cannot actually do the job and call on another engineer, this of course adds money to the final bill. Some will try to open safes and make the situation more complicated by

setting off relockers, snapping drill bits in doors and locks,  this again, increases the cost to the end user.

There are a number of reputable safe engineers / technicians in this country and most know each other well or know of each other, certainly we all pass work to each other if the need arises.

Although not a full guarantee of professionalism look for engineers with accreditation, membership of the MLA (Master Locksmiths Association) SAVTA, Checkatrade etc will give a good guide to the person your employing.

Remember, the more information you can give the better chance of an accurate quote prior to any works being carried out, photos, measurements brand names all help to quote for a job.

Gareth at Locum locks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a shout out to a great trusted locksmith friend who will soon be the proud owner of Locum locks. Locum locks was owned by Ken Marsden, a long standing MLA locksmith with years in the trade. A real professional locksmith with integrity.

 

Gareth has worked in all the fields of locksmithing, locks, access control, vehicles and safes so is more than capable of any task set.

 

I worked with Gareth at Locksecure Ltd in Sevenoaks about 12 years ago when I was a locksmith.

 

I wish him all the luck in the world!

 

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Tool investment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No pictures on this one but just an update on what tools I have available to me in opening safes and locks

Both the Tann 10 lever locks, ministry and standard

All variations of CAWI upto 11 lever

Chubb Mersey, both 10 and 14 lever versions

Rosengrens ABN

Chatwood Milner

Chubb isolator locks

SMP 9 lever locks

Chubb 6k78, as used on the wall safes

FAS 6880

Electronic lock upgrades will now also be easier as I have a regular supplier. I have also invested a lot of time into defeat of electronic safe locks. This will ensure your safe is opened without damage

I have also recently heavily invested in optics. I have both optical and digital scopes

I have also passed my teaching qualification (formerly known as PTTLS). I aim to train locksmiths who want to improve their existing skills in non destructive entry

SMP Community grade 4

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This is a mini beast. A SMP Community grade 4 safe. This had no keys and the code was lost. I opened this safe with an expensive tool designed to open the high security 9 lever key lock and using a highly technical minimally invasive technique I defeated the lagard 66e lock. This is a very high security unit with many anti safecracker features so opening it was an experience. There are only a handful of engineers in the country that would open this safe successfully. If you have one and its locked out email me or give me a call, if I’m not in your area I will be able to give you details of a trusted safe engineer in your area

SLS 3000

blogmay-5This is an sls 3000 safe, difficult to identify whilst shut as all the markings are on the bolts! I had the pleasure of the company of the original owner of SLS safes with me to explain the code system used. Roger is a fascinating man, what he doesn’t know about safes, their construction and the industry is not worth knowing. The last SLS safe I had to open I must admit I cursed Roger as it was an exceptionally hard safe to drill, took 2 days and lots of drill bits to sort out. A very worthy opponent!

Epic Nova safe opened

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This Epic Nova safe was fitted with a Lagard 66e safe lock. There was a batch of locks that had a problem, called in the industry as ‘whizz of death’ where the motor disconnects from the part that actually allows you to open the safe. It is a problem for both customer and safe engineer as there is no option other that to drill for a failed lock. This lock was opened with minimal invasive drilling making the repair strong and invisible to an attacker. The repair is actually stronger than the  safes original barrier material so hopefully the lock installed will not fail again!

Chubb Leamington

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This is a nice example of a Chubb Leamington. It was built into a wall so there were no other options apart from a door side entry. Fortunately I am equipped to deal with the high security lock fitted to this safe. A design classic of safe locks and still a formidable lock to open. I picked this safe open and replaced the lock making it work exactly as it had been intended.

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a ‘selfie’ of the author when the lock opened

 

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Rosengrens RT4

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Got called to this Rosengrens RT4 as the key had stopped working. The fault was quickly identified and problem rectified. Safe working as before and a happy customer. A happy safe engineer as opening this would have been a bit of a pain!