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Archive for May 2014 – Page 2

C H Griffiths safe opened











Another antique safe, a C H Griffiths picked open without any damage to lock or safe. I really like these antique safes as there are no modern fancy tools that are available to open  them. You have to think like a ‘lockpick’ or ‘safebreaker’ to open these and resort to primative tools and techniques. It really helps to keep you grounded in the basics of lock picking opening these types of safes.

If you have an antique safe I can refurbish and make keys to the lock, open and make good most antique safes – I can also advise if the safe has had its day too as there are many alternatives out there now and most of these safes do not have a recognised insurance rating, so if your keeping the family jewels in one it may be time for a new safe!

Dudley europa grade 3











This is the 3rd dudley europa grade 3 I’ve opened to date for the company. This safe had a Lagard lock securing it and the code had been lost.

I opened the safe and replaced the lock and set it up with the customer.

If you have a lagard lock on your safe please ensure you use good quality batteries. Just because it says its a 9v battery it does not always provide enough current for the lock to open.

Chubb Duoguard grade 1 opening

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This safe had seen better days. I think Charles Chubb would be pretty dismayed by the quality of modern safes though…

This safe had developed a fault on one of the major points of stress. It is controlled by such a small component I would say that it is designed to fail.

Only my opinion.

Interesting safe to work on but not one that would feature in my top 10 safes.

RVA Scope clamp

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Following on from the last post with the stratford safe here is the set up I used to decode the lock. It is a RVA clamp  which is a fantastically engineered bit of kit and a really good app called e-i-pro which is an endoscopic app designed for iphone

This allows you to view the scope view via the phone, I can’t wait for the ipad tether as I can then set it up and show the customer exactly what I’m looking at inside their safe.

The scope was only left like this to take the photo, wouldn’t suggest leaving one with that weight attached for long!

The RVA clamp is really good, solid engineered bit of kit that is in my ‘must have’ bag now. I’ve used it countless times.

Stratford Sterling 2314 safe opened

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Here is a Stratford Sterling 2314 safe. Now this safe contains a unique lock called a CNAB, made by Rosengrens this is a 6 wheel combination lock with possibly the most confusing opening procedure of all safe locks.

Once I had opened this safe I had to video from the outside and inside just so I could write my own clearer instructions.

It is a fantastic bit of engineering and I’m sure its simple if you use it every day. I’d never seen one until I opened this so was a great learning experience. Another one for the files!

If you have a stratford sterling with a CNAB type lock and the code is lost give me a call, I can open without damage to the lock and set up a new code.

Chubb Rhino safe

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This is a Chubb Rhino. It is a small safe that is fitted with both electronic and keylock. The electronic lock is a ilco, keypad not shown in the image. This had been locked up for a long time and even with an external power source the lock would not respond. A small drill hole was required to open this safe as nothing external could be utilised.

Not a lock I come across that often so an interesting opening.

Abcam safe picked open

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Here is a ABCAM safe, euro grade 0 so a fairly lightweight safe. It still contains a multi lever lock that requires skill to open without damage. This was picked open under the watchful eye of the gopro camera. I didn’t get stage fright but it did feel like I was being watched throughout the process. Safe opened without any damage to lock or container.

Chubb Sovereign grade 2

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This is a Chubb Sovereign grade 2 safe. It was fitted with only one lock. Its a pretty good safe, euro grade 2 and the drill protection for the top lock is pretty formidable, it will trash drill bits very easily.

I picked the safe open fairly quickly and found a key inside (the spare!)

If you have a spare key for you safe please find a better place to keep it rather  than the safe its designed to open!

GoPro Hero 3 opening

Due to the nature of some openings customers want to be sure that none of the contents of the safe go missing while engineers work on them and want visual proof. Openings carried out for solicitors and Police will fall into these categories. I have invested in a Go Pro camera to record safe openings if required (and extra batteries for those openings that just dont go to plan!)

Its a fantastic little camera and the quality of the video taken is just great. I also use the footage for my files. A great reference tool for seeing how safe mechanisms and locks work.

SMP Wessex

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SMP Wessex, a good secure older safe. This was opened what seems like an age ago. The key had been lost but the combination was known. This safe was located about 5 foot from  the ground so to pick the keylock I had to stand on another safe. The lock had not been used in years and was extremely difficult to open (hence the mole grips!)

If you’ve got a SMP Wessex safe and its starting to get difficult to open give me a call, at this vintage, it’ll need a service!!