We have a lot of confidential corporate information in our office that we need to keep secure. Having key codes is hard because a lot of the staff forget them regularly and end up writing them down, which ends up making our office a lot less safe! As a result, we have switched to using fingerprint and facial recognition security which is working a lot better. It's not like people can forget to bring their faces into work! This blog has some tips on how to switch your office to using more modern security options like fingerprint scanners and facial recognition security.
There are many different types of safes on the market. Many small office safes and ones designed for home use have programmable combination codes. To get into your safe, you simply punch in the number and the lock will release. That's fine so long as you are able to recall your chosen code, of course. So, what do you do if you cannot remember what you set it to? Of course, you can call a locksmith who will be able to help you get in. This is often the best thing to do if you cannot wait to get into your safe, perhaps to retrieve an important document. There are other steps you can take, however.
Use a Key Override
Although many safes have combination systems, some also open with conventional keys. These are not issued to owners, however, unless you are talking about high-security professional vaults. Contact the retailer who sold you the safe or talk to the manufacturer directly. They may be able to help you gain access using a key. However, this won't happen overnight because you will need to prove to them that you are the proper owner of the safe and not someone who is simply claiming to be so. In some cases, even with this help, the safe will remain locked so you'll need a locksmith to drill the lock for you.
Reset the Code
If the safe door is open but you cannot shut it because the lock is projecting outwards, then you'll need the current code to be able to reset it to a new one. A professional locksmith should be able to rest the code without recourse to the old one if the door is open so you can use it again. With many types of combination locks, this will be possible for a qualified locksmith without the need to drill the lock out so this is often the most cost-effective option in these circumstances.
Forgotten Dial Combinations
Programmable electronic locks are one thing but if you have a mechanical dial lock, it is another matter. If you cannot remember the combination to dial into your safe, then call a locksmith. They should be able to find out the default setting for the safe in most cases. This will mean verifying the type of safe and its serial number. So long as access can be restored, your locksmith should then be able to reset the dial combination to any setting you prefer.
Contact a locksmith to learn more.