It can be frustrating and stressful to lose the combination for your safe. However, this is a common problem. You must try to stay calm and patient while you figure out how to access your safe without the code. Staying calm will help you think clearly. Take time to think if you cannot remember or find the right combination. It might also help to try the default combination. Check the safe’s manual to find the default combination. If that doesn’t work, you have a few different options depending on the type of safe you have.
Use The Spare Key
One of the easiest and quickest ways to access your safe is to use the spare key. If you have a spare key you can access the safe right away. Most types of safes have some sort of key that can override the combination. However, if you don’t have the spare key, it has been damaged or the safe didn’t come with one, then you will have to consider other options.
Contact the Safe Manufacturer
You can try to contact the safe manufacturer to check if they have information on how to access the safe without the combination or if they can tell you how to reset the combination. You will need the model number and serial number of your safe. If your safe is still under warranty, the manufacturer may provide free service to unlock the safe through a local retailer or other service provider.
The safe manufacturer has to be careful in providing information as they need to verify that you are the owner of the safe. Some of the high-end safe manufacturers allow customers to register the safe after purchasing it. You will need to verify your identity to get any assistance from the safe manufacturer. This helps with the verification process. Some safes just don’t have any option for resetting the combination or using a default combination.
Call a Locksmith
The most reliable way to get access to your safe is to call a local locksmith. They have the tools and skills to open all types of safes. However, it is best to confirm that they can work the type of safe you have. Some locksmiths also offer emergency services to help unlock the safe but they might charge slightly more for such an urgent service.
If there is more than one option to gain access to the safe, the locksmith can discuss the options with you. For some customers, urgency is more important than minimizing damage to the safe. The locksmith might have different methods to gain access to the safe without causing any damage; however, in some cases, drilling may be required as a last resort. If your safe is under warranty, you must notify the manufacturer that you have a locksmith working on the safe. If you don’t notify the manufacturer, the warranty could be voided.
Some people are reluctant to call a locksmith to try to save money but they might end up spending more on a damaged safe. They may even have to spend a lot of money buying specialized tools to open the safe.
Even worse, if you try to force the lock or drill through the safe, you could seriously injure yourself. It is not worth the risk. If you can’t access the safe using a spare key, resetting the combination, or using a default code, it is best to let a professional take care of the issue.
When contacting a locksmith for unlocking combination safes, you should share the basic details about the safe, including whether it is mechanical or digital, the make and model, and the methods you already used to try to open the safe.
While it is common for people to forget or lose the combination to the safe, you can learn from this experience so you can prevent being in such a situation again. The best prevention methods include regularly changing combinations so you reduce the risk of unauthorized access. Always have a backup key for the safe and keep it in a secure and accessible location. You can also give a spare key to a trusted family member. You can also write the combination number in any digital app that has a note-taking feature, or you simply email the code to yourself. Lastly, you should keep the safe in good working condition with regular maintenance and inspections.