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How to break into digital safes
This tutorial shows you how to break into a digital safe. The technique uses a design floor in the safes often found in hotels or homes. This works on many digital safes however it will not work on all safes.

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Step 1 Turn the Dial the Wrong Way
The first step is to find out which way the dial should be turned. It is usually clockwise. Then turn the dial the incorrect way. This is to make sure the "pin" locking the sliding bolt is free to move.

Step 2 Hit the Safe
I admit this may sound silly, but you should hit the safe firmly with either your hand, a rubber mallet, or other object. This will move the "pin" that obstructs the sliding bolt for a split second.

Step 3 Turn the Dial the Correct Way
A split second later, turn the dial the correct way. If the "pin" is down, the sliding bolt will move ad the dial will turn all the way around, opening the safe.

Step 4 If the Safe Does Not Open, Repeat
It may take a few attempts to open because the timing is very particular. If you cannot open the safe by using your hand, try using a mallet.
ilpug2 years ago
Huh, I am going to try this. Floating pin designs are rare nowadays for this reason, but I suppose digital safes still use the design.
AlewisGB (author)  ilpug2 years ago
Yes, i have found that this design is used in many hotel safes. It is nice to know that the security is increasing.
Wow- does that really work? Makes you feel about as safe as this one: http://blogs.computerworld.com/security/20745/black-hat-hotel-keycard-lock-picking-less-time-it-takes-blink
AlewisGB (author)  SelkeyMoonbeam2 years ago
Yes this does really work, it is scary isn't it.
EthanM226 days ago

i have tried this method on a friends safe (he asked me to) and although it sounds funny, just give it a decent whack and turn the handle to open it, or in my friends case

just get the emergancy key from a nut tin just on top of the safe!!!!!! (dont tell him i know that!)