Posted by Ken Dunckel Safecracker Boxman on March 27, 2008 at 05:10:39:
In Reply to: Victor safe no combo|
Matt, while opening without drilling is usually preferable, a competent drilling/repair job doesn't ruin a safe.
If nobody in your locale knows how to manipulate you'll probably need to have it drilled and repaired. One piece of advice is to not try dictating the opening method to whoever you hire. That is, as long as the tech has a plan for opening it neatly and restoring it to usable condition.
Hire the Samsonite Gorillas and that's a different story. The hack, pry, burn, pound and wedge approach isn't what you get from real safe techs (unless they're finishing a failed opening attempt by an incompetent safe burglar).
If the person you hire knows how to manipulate you can bet you won't have to tell him or her your preference. The manipulator wants it to open that way more than you do.
I manipulate, but I'll rarely accept a job when the customer says "manipulation only." Manipulators don't get any guarantee a safe will open thus, so drilling is Plan B if manipualtion is not productive or is taking an impractical amount of time. "Thanks for trying" doesn't pay the bills, and it a business after all.
You buy the result, not the process. Opening charges vary around the country, but one way to annoy or even alienate your chosen safe tech is to voice the opinion or expectation that opening by manipulation should somehow be cheaper than drilling because you didn't see any sweat or exotic tools being used.
Not saying you think that, but I'm throwing it in just in case other viitors here with similar needs are reading this. In fact, your difficulty in locating a safe tech in your area who manipulates can be taken as an indication that it's worth at least as much as drilling. Possibly more when you consider that there aren't repair charges after the opening.
But you shouldn't exclude drilling as an option.