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Apologies, updates and upcoming events

Its been a very long time since the last update life and work has just been hectic.

I thought I’d start the blog again with the great news that I have finally undertaken and passed

the entrance exam to become a full member of the Master Locksmiths Association.

I attended the MLA’s HQ in Daventry a few weeks ago with four other candidates all hoping

to leave the building a ‘Qualified Master Locksmith’.

I must say it was tough, the pressure you can put on yourself is pretty immense.

I had practiced and practiced as a couple of the modules are not part of my normal day to day work.

I enjoyed the picking practice more then the lock fitting practice. I could open any of the current British Standard

locks in well under 2 minutes. All without any damage.

I always plan on having more than 1 option so also practiced drilling the locks – just in case!

I would like to thank Martin from Leadbeater Locksmiths, Horsham for all his help in the build up to the exam.

I have proudly displayed my certificate in the workshop – Which is now fully functional and exactly how I wanted it.

Next year I plan on becoming an approved company with the MLA, at present, I am a personal member.

Thanks for reading and I will start to update the site as soon as I can.


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.



Happy Christmas – Chubb Trident grade 4


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.


Simon – S O Safe Services Ltd

beach view-1


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