There are different type of safes intended for very
Fire safes are built for the sole purpose of protecting their contents from heat, smoke and water damage during a fire. They are not intended to withstand physical attacks.
Burglary safes are rated against physical attacks, but provide little if any protection from fire. They are intended for the storage of cash and other valuables.
Composite safes provide protection against both fire and burglary.
Whether youve forgotten your combination or your safe has malfunctioned, Bear Lock &
Safe Service is equipped with
the knowledge and tools to professionally open and repair your safe.
Whenever possible, depending on the type of safe and/or nature of a
malfunction it's quite possible that we can open your safe without ever
reaching for a drill. Sometimes though, that just isn't
who will quote a
"low-ball" price, then "learn as they go" - often
destroying a customer's safe by turning it into "Swiss
cheese" - if we
have to drill your safe, rest assured that it will be done in a professional
using the proper tools and knowledge acquired though years of
experience, continuing education, and an extensive library of professional reference
materials. And unlike a botched amateur opening, once we drill
your safe it will still be repairable!
Safe servicing is something that is often overlooked by the end user. Day
in and day out people will dial open their safe, never thinking about the precision mechanism inside the safe that allows the safe to be locked and unlocked. Sometimes a safe will give you warnings about the impending doom. Many times, however, there will be no warning whatsoever.
Depending on the frequency of its use, a safe should be "serviced"
every one or two years. Servicing includes the following:
- Completely disassemble the combination lock.
- Clean, adjust, and examine all parts.
- Lubricate only the parts that require lubrication. (This one may sound like a no-brainer, but youd be surprised
- Check any relockers. Adjust if necessary.
- Check boltwork for free movement.
If you begin to have trouble opening your safe, you should have it checked out right away. Waiting until it wont open before you call in a professional can be a costly mistake. Once you are faced with a lock-out it can often cost several hundred dollars
just to get the safe open (often requiring drilling), before repairs can
even be made. Plus
not only do you have to repair the original problem, now you
may also need to repair the drilled opening.
By putting off the repair until after youre locked out a
$120 problem can become a $500 (and up) problem, literally overnight. Thats more than some safes are even worth, but remember, your stuffs locked in it!
Some safes have
mechanical combination locks that are user changeable (if you
must). Others are definitely best left to the professional! While the actual procedures may
differ from one manufacturer to another, the basic idea is the same.
1) Dial the
combination to the special "change" index. (This may be
a line on the dial ring, approximately eight to ten numbers to the left
of the "opening" index which is located at twelve o'clock
is normally used to open the safe. On some models, the combination
change index line is not visible and must be calculated according to the
manufacturer's specifications. And on some safes the change index
is the same as the opening index.)
2) Insert a special
"change key" tool into the back of the lock and turn 1/4 turn or
1/2 turn, depending on the manufacturer.
3) Dial the new
combination to the change index.
4) Turn the change
tool back and remove.
5 Try the new
combination SEVERAL times with the door in the OPEN position. DO
NOT CLOSE THE DOOR until you are absolutely certain the the new
combination is working correctly.
Attempting to change a safe combination can be disastrous if you don't
do it correctly. The cost of opening a safe after a botched combination
change can run from $95 to hundreds of dollars (plus repairs). If
in doubt, call a professional!
Unless you are
EXTREMELY mechanically inclined, hand change combination locks should
definitely be left to a professional. The changing of these
combinations requires disassembly of the wheel
Bear Lock & Safe Service can install digital combination locks on most modern safes. Some advantages of digital combination locks are:
The ability to be easily changed at a moments notice by the end user
The ability to give separate combinations to different employees
The ability to automatically lock out certain users during pre-determined times.
The ability to tell who opened the safe, and when they opened it through the
use of audit trails
Safes really don't
provide much protection if someone can simply pick it up and carry it out the
door. To prevent this, small to medium sized safes should be bolted down to the
floor. (Make'em work for it!)
We Service The
Safes and Safe Locks
A&B, Adesco, Allied-Gary,
Alpine, Amsec (American Security Products),
Antique", AR-FE, Armor, Atlas, ATM, Bernadini, Bischoff, Brown,
Cannon, Cary, Chatwood-Milner, Chubb, Collier, Corporate Security
Systems (CSS), Cross, Diebold, Deposit Safe, Drop Safe, Eagle, Eclipse,
Eurovault, Executive, EXL, FireFyter, FireKing,
Floor Safes, Fort Knox, Fujitsu, Gardall, Gary, Giant, GlobaLoks, GSA
Safes ands File Cabinets, Gun
Safes, Hamilton, Hayman, Hermann, Herring Hall Marvin, Ilco, Inkas,
International, ISM, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-Mas, Kaso, Knight, Kumahira,
LaGard, Lefebure, Liberty, Lord, LP Locks, Major, Mancini, McGunn,
Meilink, MGM, Miller, Montgomery Ward, Mosler, National, NCR, NKL, NL
Locks, Rosengrens, Round Door, S&G, (Sargent & Greenleaf),
Schwab, Sears, Securifort, Sentry, SLS, Star, Sun, Tann, Tranax,
Triton, US Security, Vector, Victor, Wall Safe, Winchester,
Wincor-Nixdorf, and many, many others.
We Service The Following Areas For Safe Work
Aberdeen, Abingdon, Annapolis. Baltimore, Bel Air,
Beltsville, Bethesda, Bowleys Quarters, Bowie, Brooklyn, Capitol
Heights, Canton, Catonsville, Centreville, Chase, Chevy Chase,
Clarksville, Cockeysville, College Park, Columbia, Crofton, Crownsville,
Dunkirk , Eastpoint, Edgemere, Edgewater, Edgewood, Elkridge. Elkton,
Ellicott City, Fallston, Fort
Howard, Fort Meade, Fullerton, Essex , Federal Hill, Fells Point, Fort,
Gaithersburg, Gibson Island, Glen Arm, Glen Burnie, Glenwood, Greenbelt,
Gwynn Oak, Halethorpe,
Hampstead, Hanover, Havre De Grace, Highlandtown,
Hunt Valley, Hyattsville, Inner Harbor, Jarrettsville, Joppa, Lanham,
Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Marriottsville,
River, Millersville, Millers Island, North East, Northpoint,
Nottingham, Odenton, Olney, Owings Mills, Parkton, Parkville, Pasadena,
Perry Hall, Perryville, Phoenix, Pikesville, Randallstown, Reisterstown,
Rockville, Rosedale, Savage, Severn, Severna Park, Silver Spring,
Sykesville, Timonium, Towson, Westminster, and Whitemarsh
We Service The Following Zip Codes For GSA Safe Work
21222, 21224, 21281, 21219, 21221, 21225, 21231,
21237, 21213, 21206, 21226, 21052, 21202, 21027, 21225, 21230, 21201,
21214, 21220, 21218, 21062, 21217, 21223, 21239, 21211, 21060, 21236,
21234, 21212, 21210, 21090, 21227, 21122, 21216, 21139, 21123, 21061,
21128, 21229, 21286, 21162, 21252, 21240, 21285, 21250, 21215, 21204,
21209, 21284, 21235, 21207, 21228, 21077, 21146, 21108, 21057, 21092,
21156, 21076, 21056, 21087, 21144, 21022, 21085, 21075, 21093, 21208,
21010, 21051, 21244, 21094, 21082, 21012, 21040, 21032, 21043, 21030,
21041, 21405, 21013, 21131, 21113, 20755, 20794, 21031, 21133, 21045,
21009, 20701, 21054, 21047, 21117, 21018, 20763, 21042, 21402, 21046,
21401, 21163, 21411, 21404, 20724, 21114, 21044, 21017, 21014, 21152,
20723, 21015, 20725, 21130, 21403, 21136, 21071, 21140, 21678, 20726,
21050, 21111, 20709, 20707, 21104, 20708, 20719, 20718, 21620, 20715,
21610, 20759, 21035, 21084, 21037, 21029, 21001, 21794, 21005, 21106,
20720, 20777, 21028, 20866, 20769, 20716, 21036, 20771, 21784, 20704,
20703, 21155, 20705, 21737, 20768, 21048, 20868, 20717, 21020, 21765,
20770, 21161, 21723, 20706, 21738, 21154, 20861, 20776, 20905, 21120,
20862, 20904, 20721, 21078, 20740, 20860, 20764, 20742
see your Zip Code listed here?
also service Washington, DC and it's Maryland suburbs, just over the Bay
Bridge, and Northeastern Maryland.
don't go quite as far for commercial locksmith work except for our
regular customers. And our residential locksmithing area is
limited to Southeast Baltimore City and County.
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