What should I do if I forgot the code to my safe?
If you have forgotten the code to your safe, you still have a few options for gaining entry. The simplest solution is to reset the code. Depending on the manufacturer and type of safe, you may be able to enter an override code, or your locksmith may be able to access a reset switch inside the safe with a special tool.
If there is no way to override the code, you may be able to “bounce” the safe. Repeatedly strike the top of the safe while turning or jiggling the handle to see if the bolt mechanism jumps into place. It doesn’t work on a lot of safes, but it is worth trying.
If you have a combination dial on the safe, you can try good old-fashioned Hollywood safe cracking. This involves spinning the dial and listening for the proper click. Unless you are pretty sure of most of the numbers, though, it is best to bring in a professional locksmith. Safe cracking is not nearly as easy as it looks in the movies.
If you don’t have a combination dial, your locksmith may be able to drill a hole in the safe and insert special tools to manipulate the lock. This will make your safe slightly less secure.
If you urgently need to access your safe, consider violent entry as a last resort. It will ruin the safe, and it should only be undertaken by a professional locksmith due to the high risk for injury, but violent entry will gain access to the safe.
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