How To Unlock A Safe Without A Key? Every safe has a combination and an override key to manually open it. This is incredibly convenient considering that we are human and can forget where did we put the key.
But what to do when you not only lose the key but also forget the passcode. Is there a way you can unlock the safe box door? Well, good news – you can, bad news – it takes time and deals damage to your safe.
Here are 3 ways you can force the safe open while not harming your valuable possessions inside.
This is the most peaceful and damage-free method, because it doesn’t involve aggressive moves and brute force. If you remember the passcode, but the electronic keypad has run out of power, the solution is simple.
You have nothing to do than replacing the dead batteries. Remove the keypad and check on its underside for the battery case. Expose the batteries by removing the casing cover. Take out the outdated batteries and place new ones.
Make sure the new batteries are perfectly fitting the case.
Also, make a point of using batteries with the same voltage. In addition, take a bit of your time to inspect the battery slot. If it is damaged, you may need to call a locksmith to bring the slot back in functional condition.
Install the keypad back, turn it on and type your combination to see your safe open.
If there is no legal way you can open the safe, you have to choose the damage path. If you don’t want to deal much damage to your safe box, you can use a knife. If there is a key slot in the keypad, insert the sharp tip of the knife in it.
Start shaking the knife intensively to force the key mechanism open. Shake until you hear a click suggesting that the key mechanism has surrendered. Alternatively, you can use a screwdriver with a pointed tip.
Sometimes you may be lucky to see your safe open using this method. However, it will mostly happen with cheaper safes. Given the advancements in the tamper-proof technology, it is incredibly hard to force a high-end safe open.
If the knife method works out, there is a chance your key mechanism will be damaged and impossible to use again. That said, you will not be able to lock your safe anymore. If that happens, you will have to replace the locking mechanism.
Since it is not an easy task, you better ask a locksmith to help you choose and install the new device.
If you want your safe open at any cost, you can use a drill. It works faster and it guarantees that you will unlock the safe. Truth be said, it also guarantees damage to the locking mechanism. So be ready to shop for a new one.
First of all, choose a drill bit sturdy enough to penetrate the hardest metals. If you choose a weak bit, the safe door will most probably destroy it. Once you have chosen the bit, place its tip against the center of the keyhole and turn the drill on.
Drill your way through, up until you penetrate the entire keyhole. Once you do so, the safe box door gets completely open. Don’t be afraid that you’ll damage your things stored inside. The wall of the safe is thick enough to impede the drill bit from reaching too far inside.
While with cheap safes, it takes less than a minute to drill your way through, expensive safes are not that easy. You will have to sacrifice a good amount of your precious time to drill the safe open.
To sum up, there are several efficient ways you can unlock a safe without a key. You can replace the batteries of the digital keypad, in case it has run out of power. If the keypad works, but you have forgotten the key code, you need to unlock the safe by force.
You either use a knife to shake the door open or a drill which is faster. Either way will deal damage to the safe’s key mechanism, disabling it for future use. That’s why you will have to consult a locksmith to help you choose and install a new locking system.