A home owner in Stoke-on-Trent discovered this Fort Knox Safe after ten years of living in the property and asked us to open it up. We have opened lots of these safes but this one had a very different lock to what we were expecting. This complicated the job somewhat but we still managed to open it up for them.
The key would no longer work in this Fort Knox Exchequer under floor safe in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan. We decided to bring it back to the workshop for an overhaul. With a replacement lock, a service and two new keys she’s good to go again.
The owners of this Fort Knox under floor safe had been aware of it since they moved into the property many years ago but had only just decided to get it opened. We attended the job in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and picked the lock open for them revealing that it contained a small sum of money. We have opened many of these Fort Knox safes but this is the first one we have seen with “Russell Hare Ltd 159 Islington Liverpool” on the escutcheon. The best we can tell is that this company sold typewriters and must have had a sideline selling safes which they had their name added to.
It was house moving day for a family in Burscough, Lancashire when they realised they had packed the safe key somewhere in the shipping container and needed to retrieve the contents of their Fort Knox Standard under floor safe. After a 7:20am wake up call we arrived and had it picked open by 8am. We don’t just advertise a 24 hour service, we genuinely offer it so if you have a lock problem anytime day or night then give us a call.
The combination had been lost to this Fort Knox underfloor safe at a home in Mawdesley, Lancashire. We attended site and opened it without any damage for the customer.
The owner of this Fort Knox Standard underfloor safe had a spare key cut at a well known high street cobbler prior to leaving for Thailand. Unfortunately they omitted to test the key before his departure and only discovered that it didn’t work once the working key was the other side of the world. We attended the business in Leyland, Lancashire and picked the safe open so that they could remove the contents and relocate them until the working key returned from its holiday in the new year.
The owner could not open this Fort Knox underfloor safe at a motor parts shop in Leigh, Greater Manchester despite having two keys for it. The safe hadn’t been opened for a number of years and a look inside the lock with our specialised optical equipment showed that it was full of rust. It took a while but eventually we got it open to find it was full of water so hardly surprising that the lock had seized after being submerged for so long.
When a new publican took over a local public house in Skelmersdale, Lancashire he found a Fort Knox underfloor safe which was locked and no keys had been left for it. We were asked to open the safe and to provide new keys so that it could be used. We have opened many of these safes in the past and on first impressions we didn’t expect to have any problem picking the lock but we soon found that the mechanism had seized. We eventually got it moving again and was able to pick it open to find a rather unusual amount of carpet fibres in the lock which had been causing the issue. With new keys provided the safe was put back into service and another non-destructive safe opening was completed.
The combination had been lost to this Fort Knox Chancellor under floor safe at a private residence in Maghull, Merseyside. We attended the customers home and identified the lock as a La Gard Group two, three wheel combination lock, initial diagnostics suggested that the lock was working correctly so we began the process of manipulating it open.
Manipulation is a process of discovering the combination of the lock and is often depicted in movies with the safe cracker using a stethoscope or an upturned glass tumbler to listen to the lock. Whilst we carry high tech listening devices they are not always necessary and with this lock we didn’t need anything but our un-sanded fingers to identify what the lock was ‘saying’ to us. Within a short space of time the lock had given up its first number of the combination shortly followed by the second and the third at which point the lid could be removed to reveal the safes contents. We then reset the combination to one of the owners choosing and gave instructions on how to dial the lock and how to insert and remove the lid.
Fort Knox safes are unfortunately no longer trading but they were based in Maghull so this one didn’t have to travel far from the factory where it was made.
This Fort Knox under floor safe was discovered by the new owners of a commercial premise in Chorley, Lancashire. Unfortunately the previous owners hadn’t left the keys so we were asked to open it and put it back in to service. We have opened a lot of these safes and this was the second one this week. We picked the lock open and provided two new keys as requested.