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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.


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

Update – Feb 2014











I’ve got so much stuff to update I just can’t keep up!

This year has been pretty busy so far with one thing or another. Last week gave me a good opportunity to start to catch up on some safe work that I had to put off. I’ve had a fair few successful openings in the past couple of weeks and will be adding them as soon as I can.

This is a Chubb bookroom door that was in a lovely house in the South East. The customer required new keys as they had not been left by the previous owner. I had a great time on this job as there was another safe inside the bookroom that also required attention.

This weekend I’ve opened a few Chubb safes, A SMP Wessex, a Stratford, an Abcam. A Dudley europa, a couple of unbranded cabinets and a few other oldies including a Stratford concord with a Lark lock on it.

Also, this week to keep my hand in I helped out a friend in need by gaining access to their front door (lost keys) and replacing the lock and I also had the pleasure of working on a Chubb 110 on a local premises. I’ve also opened a few cabinets for a local company.

Just prior to this I have undertaken  what is known as PTTLS, or Preparing to teach in the lifelong sector. This is a City and Guilds qualification in teaching. Already I know how useful this will be when instructing future students. All the course work is completed and signed off, another string to the bow.

I’ll be updating shortly

Thanks for reading



Adrian – Horsham locksmith







Just had to write a post for Adrian a local Horsham Locksmith. When I first went live with SO Safe Services I had years of experience and contacts in the locksmith and safe engineer trade. Not really knowing the area or any other working locksmiths in the Horsham area I decided to reach out and get in touch with local locksmiths.

Adrian could not be more local, literally just down the road. What a top guy. He has helped me out so much over the course of 2013 and become a very close and trusted friend. Adrian has really helped me in establishing my business for this and many other things I’m very grateful.

Adrian is re discovering the joy of lock picking, recently purchasing a set of Peterson picks – I wish him luck!

So if you need a locksmith in Horsham or the surrounding area I would recommend Adrian




I’m still here!











I’m still here! – Just!

I’ve not had chance to update the website for some time now it is on my list of things to do this week though, although it will probably be this weekend. I have been very busy opening safes, locks and even had a post box to open and make keys for.

I’ve had some really good successes over the past few weeks, a couple of ‘stumpers’ thrown into the mix too.

Added some equipment to the ever growing kit list and put quite a few miles and lots of hours into the business. Still putting plenty of time in picking open locks and gathering information.

I’ll be updating with all the openings, some info on tools i’ve recently purchased and business information very soon,

Thanks for reading and the continued support


Safe training day








Safe training day

Lee Brooks of Brooks and Daughters Locksmiths and I spent the afternoon picking and recording technical data on tons of safes. Great practice to have no pressure but picking live locks on live safes.

I’ve spent years collecting and recording information that helps when attending a locked out or faulty safe, days like this are priceless to any safe technician as a majority of safes are no longer produced and information about them is limited.

I hope that we can make this a more regular event as no time training is wasted and it was like being in a sweet shop with too many choices. Had a fantastic day.

Thank you to Roger and Nick of Municipal Security for allowing us to ‘play’.


SO Safe goes live

Welcome to my site. Here I hope to blog the progress of SO Safe Services. I am currently blogging over at wordpress but this will from now on be here on my site. My interest in photography will ensure that most of the posts will include pictures of the work (and play!) I have been upto. Tool updates and progress as I go hopefully will keep the site constantly updating. Pictures will change as opportunities arise.

Again, thank you for visiting and come back soon.