Ever wondered how burglars can potentially break into your gun safe? Or have you forgotten your combination? Or even worse, has your gun safe suddenly failed and you can no longer access it?
Gun safes are built to be strong enough to protect your valuables inside from fire, moisture, and prying attacks. If your gun safe is high-quality , then breaking into it will be more challenging for you (or for the burglars). But even so, most residential safes are only rated up to 5 minutes of protection from an experienced thief.
Curious how to break into a gun safe or make the most of one you have? Then read on below!
- 1 Breaking Into A Gun Safe
- 2 Are Your Gun Safes Secure?
- 3 Types of Security Safes
- 4 How to Prevent Thieves from Breaking Into A Gun Safe
- 5 Conclusion
Breaking Into A Gun Safe
Most gun safes are not easy to break into. But, not all gun safes are perfect. With enough time and knowledge, a persistent burglar can break open any safe you could buy.
(NOTE: This content is for educational purposes only - you should never use these methods to do something illegal!)
Cut the Safe Open
This method is probably the most impractical way to open the safe because of the time it takes to actually open a safe, especially those made of solid construction. This should be your last option if you’ve lost access to your gun safe!
On the other hand, if a thief is determined to open it, then he can use a saw or grinder to cut the metal body of the safe. But in actual break-in scenarios, it is unlikely that a thief will use this method. First, using tools like a grinder or saw will require a power source (a bit easier with newer battery-powered tools). Second, it’s time-consuming. Most burglars would rather smash it open in less than 10 minutes, fast enough for them not to get caught and run away! And third, it makes a LOT of noise.
Bouncing the Safe
Prying is the easiest method to access a gun safe. If your gun safe is of low quality, using a crowbar and elbow grease will open the gun safe in a few minutes. Gun safes with smaller lock bolts and rivets used for attaching to steel bars are also easier to pry open.
Often, the back of the safe is much easier to exploit than the front, so be sure your safe is properly bolted to the floor or wall to reduce the chance of a burglar getting into it.
Picking the Lock With a Paper Clip
Brute Force Combination Lock
Are Your Gun Safes Secure?
Overall, no gun safe is burglar-proof. With the right knowledge, tools, and time, anyone can open your gun safe.
So does it mean that gun safes will not protect your valuables? The answer depends on the type of gun safe you have. Not all gun safes are made equal. If you purchase a cheap safe, then don’t expect much.
High-quality gun safes, on the other hand, are difficult to open. Even though they can still be opened with the right tools and special training, it takes a lot of time for an ordinary burglar to open it. So if you truly want to protect your guns, jewelry, and other valuables, it’s better to invest in safes made with sturdy materials.
Types of Security Safes
The combination safe is the simplest and most common type of gun safe available. It doesn’t need an additional power source like a battery or electronic components to secure the safe. You only need to dial the correct three-number code to release the lock and pop its door open.
Since it only uses a mechanical lock, it is usually the cheapest type of gun safe you can purchase. The downside of this gun safe is that opening it will take longer. You can easily mess up the combination and struggle to get it open during an emergency.
So if you’re looking for a gun safe that you can access quickly, then this type may not be your best option.
Digital Lock Safe
Gun safes with a digital lock are an upgrade to the combination types. Instead of a dial pad, you will have a digital number pad to enter a combination code. The good thing about digital lock safes is that you can reset the code anytime, making it more secure.
Another great feature of digital lock safes is the lockout penalty. Unlike a mechanical lock, you cannot guess the combination codes endlessly. You can only enter a correct code for a limited number of tries; otherwise, you can’t access the safe for a period of time.
Since digital safes have electronic components and require a power source, there will be a small percentage of time where the keypad won’t work. Most digital safes do have a backup key just in case the electronic parts will fail or will at least warn you that the battery power is getting low.
The biometric safe is the most advanced compared to the other gun safe types. No need to remember a combination code; you only need to use your fingerprint (some high-end safes also allow retinal scan, facial recognition, or voice recognition) to open your safe. It’s also more secure since only the right people are given access. Most biometric safes can store up to 100 different fingerprints.
Overall, biometric safes are not as time-consuming to access and more secure. However, they do come with an expensive price tag. So if you think the biometric safe is the right one for you, then be prepared to drop some extra cash.
How to Prevent Thieves from Breaking Into A Gun Safe
Keep your gun safe away from prying eyes
Avoid putting your gun safe in the garage
Invest in a gun safe with thicker stainless steel
Buy a safe with internal hinges
Choose a gun safe with a hard plate
Mount your safe securely / protect vulnerable sides
Knowing how to break into a gun safe will help you access your safe when it fails or come up with methods to keep your valuables away from thieves for as long as possible
Follow the tips above to make sure your safe is ready for even the toughest criminals.
Hi, I’m Christy, and I’m an electronics engineer by profession. I have taught in a university for 2 years while pursuing my master’s degree in cognitive radio and worked for a company to develop wireless medical devices. Currently, I’m doing research for a doctorate degree in engineering using a wireless sensor network for smart agriculture. I’ve been active in our local IoT community, IoT Cebu, where I participate in conducting talks about Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and DIY home automation using Wi-Fi and ZigBee devices.