If there is one thing that can get your interests piqued and the curiosities swarming, it is happening upon a hidden wall safe in your home that you had no idea was there. The first safes were created in 1835 as basic lockable boxes where people could protect their valuables from thieves, but the safe quickly grew from a basic strongbox design to ideas that were much more elaborate. Safes were often times implemented into a home during construction and could be completely hidden.
If you find an antiquated combination wall or floor safe in your home, there is no doubt that you are going to want to get inside. There are a few things you should know about trying to open an outdated combination wall safe.
Don't go at the safe with a blow torch.
You've probably seen crooks do it in movies a thousand times. While seamlessly making their way into a safe, they cut through the metal with a blow torch and get right in. However, in real life, this is not all that plausible. Unless you have some type of industrial torch that has the ability to produce a cutting flame that is thousands of degrees, all you're really going to do is overheat the door and possibly injure yourself in the process.
Forget trying to drill your way through the lock.
Your first inclination when you discover a wall safe with a combination lock may be to just damage the lock itself and you should be able to open the door. Unfortunately, if you try to drill a hole through the combination lock that you see on the outside of the safe, you're really not accomplishing anything except damaging the rotary turning mechanism that controls the lock plates and the safe will be that much harder to get open.
Don't expect to crack the safe with a stethoscope.
You get the house completely quiet and sit with a stethoscope pressed against the wall safe as you turn the dial of the combination lock to listen for clicks which will tell you that you have hit a right number. While this is a possible safe-hacking technique, it rarely is as easy as it sounds. Not only are the clicks very faint and hard to hear, some safes will make no noise at all when the right number is hit on the combination dial.
If you have found a safe in your house hiding out in a wall, it is always best to contact a professional locksmith or safe technician, like one at Arapahoe County Security Center Inc, for advice. While you could spend hours and a lot of money trying to crack the thing, a seasoned professional can help you gain access quickly.