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Archive for May 2014

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!



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












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


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











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.






Rosengrens RT4











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!

securikey safeguard underfloor safe









A Securikey safeguard that has seen better days!

This floor safe lid had been prized up to open it, this of course jammed it solid. The plastic handle was then used to rotate the lid. SNAP. I attended and found a safe lid covered in WD40 and an array of bits of metal that had been used to try and pry open the safe. Please please please if you have a floor safe take a few minutes to examine it, check the screws and bolts are tight. Make sure there are no stones or debris in the collar. If its dodgy call a safe engineer out to service before its a lockout. I don’t know anyone who enjoys working of floor safes, there a pain! A bit of prevention goes a long way as they tend to be solid and well made, the vibrations of daily life do cause bolts to loosen though.

GB Safe opening











Here is a GB Safe. The key had broken off in the lock after years of use. I attended and opened the safe without damage. The lock was replaced and tested, the safe mechanism still working fine.

Nice little light duty safe.

SMP Salopian











Here is an original SMP Salopian.

This is a good little home safe, this one had never been touched since leaving the factory, the SMP sticky tape still covering the lock. The safe had become difficult to operate, this is due to the lubricant over time congealing into a ‘glue’ like substance. If your safe is hard to open it need not be. Unless its a catastrophic hinge failure a service should get the safe back to the same condition as it was when first produced.

I just charge a service call for this, a fixed fee regardless of how long it takes as I really take pride in making sure the safe works as well as it did when it was made.