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Archive for October 2015

Robur grade 5

Here is the inner identification from a high security Robur grade 5 safe. There had been issues with the time lock and the customer required new movements installing. Time locks are generally very reliable and faults are normally caused by the operator. Fortunately these safes don’t go wrong that often. If you have a safe equipped with either digital or mechanical time locks I can service and replace movements and complete units. They are not cheap items but provide the owner with another level of security for their safe.

No photos of the outside or inside of this one due to its location!

robur grade 5

Dudley grade 1 safe – lagard 39e lost code

Here is a brand new Dudley grade 1 safe with an electronic Lagard 39e deadlock. The code had been lost and the safe needed opening urgently.

I have studied all versions of the Lagard electronic lock family and am pretty good at diagnosing faults when they occur. This was a simple case of lost code. After checking some obvious codes I had to resort to more invasive techniques. The safe was opened and lock replaced without damage to the safe.

If you have a safe with an electronic lock that is temperamental don’t wait until if fails, cables, keypads and locks can be replaced saving money in the long run.

dudley grade 1 safe

FAS 6890 Lock opened

Here is another FAS 6890 lock opened on a security cabinet. This is a pretty formidable lock, anti pressure device and a few other nasties to keep out the lock picker

The system decodes the lock using tiny parts – you really need to concentrate and have a clean working area when using this tool. Its very satisfying when these open as it does a good job of keeping most engineers out. It was pretty cold where this was located too hence the ‘winter coat’ and gloves


Chubb Duplex safe opening

Here is an old Chubb Duplex safe it is fitted with a single bitted chubb lock. The lock is of a good quality but over time

the curtain and lever bellies can wear. This causes the key to stop working and over time many people make do with just this one key so when it does not open their safe it becomes an emergency.

Prior servicing and having a spare key is a cost effective solution to this problem.

chubb duplex safe

Chubb proguard Grade 3 safe opening

Opened this new style Chubb Euro grade 3 safe – proguard as it is known for a major safe manufacturer and service provider.

It was a long trip for a very quick opening but as usual I went prepared for every eventuality. A methodical approach to the

opening meant I was finished on site within an hour with a new lock programmed to the customers requirements

(the original lock had failed) and even had time for a spot of lunch with a good safe engineer friend.