Common reasons why somebody will contact me for safe opening or service:
There are many more reasons, but the important thing to remember is that you should seek someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and fully-equipped to handle your problem, no matter what it is. You don't need to settle for that guy who only "thinks" he can. A few simple questions will tell you who you're dealing with. See My Safecracker's 10 QUESTIONS BLOG entry for more about what you should be asking that person on the phone before hiring them for a safe opening or any other security work. Don't be a victim! There are many, many scam artists on the internet.
As a safe and vault specialist, I do not do any general, commercial or automotive locksmithing, but if you found me searching for that, I will be happy to refer you to a qualified local professional who is skilled in those areas of locksmithing.
A commercial locksmith for 40 years, I have spent the last 25 years learning, keeping up with the newest technology and honing my skills as a dedicated, full-time, professional safecracker while opening, repairing and servicing all types and brands of safes, vaults, and bank/government security equipment. When you call me, you'll be talking to the owner of a local small business, not an operator at a boiler-room call center in New York, Las Vegas or India.
As a member of the Safe & Vault Technician's Association (SAVTA) and also as a SAVTA instructor and author of numerous technical articles on the art and science of safe and vault opening and servicing, I have endeavored to become the best I can be, as well trying to advance the level of professionalism and competence within our entire industry. That's what a Master Safecracker does and continues to do.
For more details about my professional education, special training, bonding and to see recommendations from other safe industry leaders, please go to my LinkedIn page.
You can also verify my licenses and bond info at the CA.gov links on my "External Links" page, below.
In addition to cultivating the knowledge and skills required to identify, service, repair and open modern, rare-antique and high security safe equipment, I am one of only a few Licensed California Safe Technicians who specialize in NO or Minimal damage openings, using the art and science of "combination lock manipulation" and "advanced combination lock diagnostics". These skills allow me to open many safes by "sight, sound and touch", which means there will be no drilling mess or other inconvenience and that your safe can be put back into service sooner after the opening. No repairs needed!
Even if your safe is not a good candidate for opening by manipulation, is equipped with a digital lock or if a malfunction exists that does require drilling, "minimal damage" means that after opening, that tiny hole I drilled can easily be repaired and the repaired area will not be evident.
I service safes, vaults, GSA containers, ATMs and cash dispensers from all of the following manufacturers:
A&B, Allied-Gary, Alpine, American, American Security Products, AmSec, Armor, Atlas, Auditcon, Baum, Bernadini, Bischoff, Bode-Panzer, Brown, Cannon, Cary, Cencon, City Safe, Chatwood-Milner, Chubb, Collier, Cross, Corporate Security Systems (CSS), De La Rue, Diebold, Docutel, Eclipse, Emo, Empire, EXL, Fichet-Bauche, FireFyter, FireKing, FKI, Fujitsu, Gardall, Gary, Giant, GlobaLoks, Graffunder, Hamilton, Hayman, Hermann, Herring-Hall-Marvin, Ilco-Unican, International, Intersec, ISM, Invincible, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-Mas, Kaso, Knight, Kumahira, Kumihira, Kumihara, La Gard, Lefebure, Liberty, Lord, LP Locks, Major, Mancini, Mas-Hamilton, McGunn, Meilink, MGM, Modul-X Montgomery-Ward, Mosler, Mutual, National, NCR, NKL, NL Locks, Overly, Pacific, Pacific Security Products, Phoenix, Protectall, PSP, Remington-Rand, Remington & Sherman, Rosengrens, S&G, Sargent & Greenleaf, Schwab, Sears, Securifort, Sentry, SLS, Sportsman Steel, Star, Sturdy Safe, Tann, Tower, Tranax, Triton, US Security, Vector, Victor, Wincor-Nixdorf, X-07, X-08, X-09, and many, many others.
Alameda, Albany, Atherton, Bel Marin Keys, Belvedere, Belmont, Berkeley, Bodega Bay, Bolinas, Booneville, Brisbane, Burlingame, Calistoga, Castro Valley, Clearlake, Cloverdale, Colma, Concord, Contra Costa, Corte Madera, Cotati, Cupertino, Danville, Daly City, Davis, Dublin, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fairfax, Fairfield, Forest Knolls, Foster City, Fort Bragg, Fremont, Gilroy, Greenbrae, Guerneville, Half Moon Bay, Hayward, Healdsburg, Hillsborough, Inverness, Jenner, Kelseyville, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Lakeport, Larkspur, Livermore, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Lucas Valley-Marinwood, Marin City, Martinez, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mill Valley, Monterey, Monte Rio, Muir Beach, Napa, Nicasio, Novato, Oakland, Olema, Orinda, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Pinole, Pleasanton, Point Reyes Station, Redwood City, Richmond, Rohnert Park, Ross, Stinson Beach, Sacramento, Salinas, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Quentin, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Santa Venetia, Sausalito, Sonoma, South San Francisco, San Ramon, Sebastopol, Solano, Strawberry, St. Helena, Sunnyvale, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Terra Linda, Tiburon, Ukiah, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, Windsor, Woodside, Yountville, and most other Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area communities.
In order to keep America's secrets secure, agencies of the United States Government, the military, and private contractors doing business with the government require the use of security containers with very particular specifications. These safes are called GSA containers.
They are used to secure and protect confidential documents, maps, plans, computer servers, weapons and many other things that are important to our national security.
The specifications for building, using, securing, breaching, repairing and certifying said containers are the responsibility of the General Services Administration, and the security services of the various agencies and departments that use them.
There are reams of paperwork associated with the use, maintenance and service of this equipment that specify when and how the equipment may be used and for storing what. What locks are to be used on them. Who is qualified to service, repair, open and re-certify the equipment and exactly how those service are to be performed.
As a GSA Contractor, I am familiar with all this. I can help you to navigate the GSA maze, as well as open, service and repair your GSA containers.
Over the years my clients have included individuals, homeowners, general locksmiths, small shopkeepers, restaurants, supermarkets, taverns, home businesses, hospitals, churches, schools, pretty much anyone that needs a place to securely store and protect cash, valuables, jewelry inventory and any other business assets. There have also been a few clients who were celebrities, millionaires and even a couple of billionaires.
Since security and discretion is of the utmost importance, my individual client list is, of course, confidential. Client references are available by request and with the client's full permission.
Here are just a few of the corporate and government clients I have served:
Bank of America, New Resource Bank, Union Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo, Cook Security, Diebold, Wincor-Nixdorf, Fujitsu, NCR, Western Protection.
SFPD, Novato PD, Oakland PD, Central Marin PD, San Mateo Sheriff.
Department of State, Department of the Treasury, U.S. Mint, U.S. Federal Reserve, FBI, DEA, IRS, DOHS, FAA, TSA.
U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Service and the California National Guard.
Although this is not my primary area of interest or service, I do consult on projects involving physical security, insurance claims involving losses from safe equipment, and occasionally preparing exhibits and giving testimony in civil and criminal matters involving the same. These services are usually requested by insurance companies, attorneys for plaintiffs or defendants, as well as criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors.
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Check my current licensing info at the following CA.gov links:
California BSIS Locksmith Business Permit # LCO-223
California Specialty Contractor's (C-61 & D-16) License # 548201
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Safecracker in Glenwood Springs opens an antique safe for Newspaper office and finds more than "paperclips and rubber bands".
As you can imagine, anybody having a problem with a big safe, heavy, installed vault or ATM would rather have me come to them. That's why ADVANCED Safe & Vault is a MOBILE SERVICE, but, I do have clients who would prefer to bring a lightweight home safe or small, removable safe door to my shop in Novato for opening, service and/or repairs for convenience or to save me charging a trip charge.
If that's you, no problem! Please call before coming. Shop hours are by appointment ONLY!
Civic Center, San Francisco, California 94102, United States
Monday-Friday: 9am - 5pm and 24/7 Emergency Service Available
Saturday: 24-Hour Emergency Service ONLY
Sunday: 24-Hour Emergency Service ONLY