What To Do If You Have Lost The Key To Your Safe
Investing in a safe can give you peace of mind that your most valuable possessions are kept secure no matter what, even if your home was to be burgled. But it’s important to make sure you can always open it. If you lose your keys or forget the code, especially at an important time when you need to access sensitive documents, rest assured there are ways you can still gain entry to your safe.
What to do if you have lost your safe key
Get a replacement key code
If you don’t need to get to your items right away, the most sensible approach is to get a replacement key or code from the safe manufacturer. Manufacturers will likely require the model and serial number of your safe before they come to your aid, both of which you can usually find near the door hinge. Some safe manufacturers may also need a notarised letter to prove you are indeed the safe’s real owner.
As a key replacement service could take days or even weeks depending on the manufacturer, this is not the best course of action if you need to access your safe right away. What’s more, if you do not have any proof of purchase, for instance, if the safe is too old or you weren’t the one that purchased it, then this might not even be a viable solution at all.
Use a safe opening service
If you cannot get a replacement key or combination, or simply need immediate access to your safe, the best option is to use a safe opening service. Many locksmiths provide this, and have the expertise to safely and effectively prise open your safe. They will typically use manipulation methods like drilling to open the safe, but since they are qualified to do so effectively, they will ensure you avoid the risks you could run by attempting to force it open yourself.
Using a professional to open the safe therefore guarantees that you actually gain access to your possessions, while ensuring these valuables aren’t damaged, as well as preventing you from risking a potential injury. Make sure you use a certified company, however, as locksmith scams are common and can leave you out of pocket and with a damaged safe. To find out how to identify a reputable locksmith company, read our guide to avoiding locksmith scams.
Banham is highly experienced in providing safe opening services and safe repairs. Whether you’ve lost your safe key or got it stuck in the lock, our qualified and experienced engineers can retrieve your valuables in a prompt and cost-effective way. We can also repair and service your current safe, as well as replace and fit new safes altogether.
We are London’s leading supplier and installer of secure safes, with our extensive range of cabinets and safes suitable for storing valuables in both residential and commercial properties. With a range of safes spanning data safes, fire safes, free-standing safes, fire safes and cabinet safes, we can provide a bespoke on-site survey in order to determine your requirements and find the best safe for you. Read our guide to safe buying to get started.
What not to do if you have lost your safe key
Those wanting to get into their safe right away might consider breaking into it themselves, by using a hammer, crowbar, or drill to force it open. This is highly inadvisable. You could risk damaging the items inside, or even the safe itself beyond any hope of ever opening it, as well as running the risk of injuring yourself. Many safes are virtually impossible to force open in any case, as they are built with the very purpose of withstanding safecracking attempts. This could render your efforts to force it open futile, and again make it harder to actually get to your valuables.
To discuss your home security contact Banham today and book a free security survey There is no obligation and the security assessment can be arranged for both residential and commercial properties.