How Can I Get Into My Safe With No Key? Maybe you locked those valuables in the safe box, or maybe someone else did. But now you’re in charge of them…. And you don’t have the key to the safe.
First, keep your cool: This isn’t always a difficult problem. If it turns out to be tricky, you can rely on a capable Safe Locksmith to gain access to your valuables, with help from the manufacturer if need be.
Consider first whether a key is actually required to open the safe. Some safes open with a combination dial. Some use a digital touchpad. Some digital models use a fingerprint or other biometric data. A key is often used as a backup mechanism for these other modes of access.
If your safe has a digital touchpad that is without power, you can address this by either recharging or replacing the batteries. And if you are lacking the passcode, you can probably reset it using a piece of wire.
Find the battery compartment behind the digital touchpad. If the batteries are spent and disposable, be sure to replace them with all new batteries of the same type.
If you see an outlet for a charging cord, find a cord that fits that outlet at one end, and fits a power source at the other. Use it to connect the safe batteries to a power supply for at least ten minutes before attempting to use the touchpad.
There may be indicator lights to signal when charging is in process and when it’s finished.
Most safes of this type have one or more holes drilled in the metal to give access to a reset button behind the control panel. Use a flashlight and peek through the hole to locate the Reset button. (It is probably round and black.)
Use a straightened-out coat hanger or paper clip to press it.
The safes most likely to require a key are mechanical models, which may pop open in response to some adroit manipulation. You can even try manipulating a digital safe that has a backup key mechanism.
If the safe is portable and not bolted in place, you may succeed with the time-honored technique of bouncing it on a mattress. Simply place the safe on top of a mattress or other springy surface, and jostle it while twisting the knob that opens the safe.
The mechanical parts inside with a safe will be shaken, and if the knob catches at the right moment, the door will open for you.
You can also try jimmying the lock. If this is not an expensive, high-security safe, you may not need to be an expert to get in. A utility knife with a pointed tip, inserted into the keyhole and jiggled with sensitivity, often succeeds.
If not, you might try shaking the entire safe, in line with the bouncing technique described above.
The manufacturer may be able to furnish you with a replacement key. This could take a while, but it would be cheaper than engaging a locksmith to craft a replacement key from scratch.