Safety Deposit Locksmith Help
Most safe deposit lock servicing boils down to opening and repairing a box when a key is not available.
Why Offer Safe Deposit Lock Service?
The vast majority of safe deposit lock work is done today by dedicated bank equipment service companies. For that reason, many independent locksmiths believe that they simply can’t get that kind of work.
The problem with bank equipment service companies is that they try to schedule their work weeks in advance, and a lot of safe deposit work has to be done on short notice. If a customer comes in to the bank to access their safe deposit box and his key won’t work, he won’t want to wait a week or two for the bank to schedule a box opening. Failure of a safe deposit lock is very rare, but there are lots of other situations involving safe deposit locks that have to be handled quickly, such as a renter who needs immediate access to their box, but has lost the key, the death of the renter, or a court-ordered box opening, etc. We are willing and able to respond quickly and professionally.
Banks tend to be pleasant places to work, and they have lots of locks that the bank service people don’t normally service. Those locks also get used every day and consequently need regular attention. These range from the locks on the front doors, individual office locks, and lots of locks on individual desks and drawers.
What is a Safe Deposit Lock?
Most modern safe deposit locks are actually two separate locks inside one housing that work together to control a single locking bolt. The whole idea is to have a lock that requires two different keys before it can be unlocked. Traditionally, a single key is used to control one side of all of the safe deposit locks in a bank. This key is maintained by the “vault custodian,” and is called the “Guard Key.” The guard key is always inserted into the lock plug that is the closest to the hinge on modern locks. Once the guard key has been turned and left in the turned position, then the key that the renter of the box controls is inserted into the other plug and turned to unlock the box. Naturally enough, the key that the renter controls is normally referred to as the “Renter’s Key.” Only when both keys are inserted and turned can the box be opened.
Since there are two different locks in one unit, there are twice as many elements to fail, but because most safe deposit locks use old-fashioned lever tumblers, these locks rarely fail.
While there have been many different companies making safe deposit locks through the years, the most common ones are from one of four major manufacturers: Diebold, LeFebure, Mosler and Sargent & Greenleaf.
Safety deposit boxes are more secure than a normal safe (due to the fact that they are housed in a bank and not a home or business), but they can also be susceptible to lockouts. If you lose your key for example, and the bank is unable to get it open for you, a qualified locksmith like the team at Locked In N Out can help! We have extensive experience repairing, opening, and installing a wide variety of safes for both residential homeowners and commercial businesses. When you work with us, you get a highly-trained, qualified, and certified team of professionals that will be able to help you with any safety deposit box issues you may have.
If you are ready to form a relationship with a reliable, trustworthy locksmith, request a free quote from Locked In N Out today or call us at (617) 599-7435