For our first safe opening of 2019 we were called to unlock this Super Dreadnought under floor safe as the key had allegedly been put down the deposit chute. A sneak peak at the contents with our scopes couldn’t see the key so we picked the lock open for them to retrieve it. Turns out that the key wasn’t in there so we will be servicing it and making new keys.
This Dreadnought E Series II Safe was found by the new owners of a home in Preston and was initially thought to be a sewer pipe. We would normally pick the locks open on these but initial signs were not good, the handle was missing and we could see water in the keyhole which could only mean that the safe lid was sitting in water and probably had been for a number of years. With everything seized we had no option but to drill this one open and unsurprisingly found the entire safe to be filled with water.
The keys had been lost to this Dreadnought ‘E’ Series II underfloor safe at a house in Euxton, Lancashire. The owner called and requested that we drill the safe open so that he could retrieve his passport for an upcoming trip. He was surprised when we said we would pick the lock open and make new keys for him but being professional safe engineers we have the tools and skills to open most safes non destructively. With the safe lock picked open we made the new keys and put the safe back in to service without the need for any expensive repairs.
This Dreadnought Defender ABP underfloor safe at a petrol station in Bromborough, Wirral would not open with the key. Initial inspection showed that the lock was loose and we could see that one of the three relocking devices had activated which meant that this was going to be a drill open job. Having drilled through the extremely tough lid it became apparent that all three relockers had fired which meant a second hole had to be made to deactivate them and finally allow the bolts to be withdrawn to open it.