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Frequently asked questions by curious
customers and people I meet daily

Can all combination locks be manipulated?

No. Sometimes the combination lock has some problem that prevents or makes the manipulation process almost impossible. There are also combinations locks that are specially designed to prevent this type of attack.

Is manipulation as seen in novels and movies?

Manipulation, as it is portrayed in novels and movies, has some truth to it, but that's it. The use of a white glove by amateur cracksman Raffles, for example, is totally unthinkable, in the real world it would hinder all efforts making the manipulation totally impossible.

Can a safe be opened with a stethoscope?

Yes and no. I have had cases where this instrument has made the day. But in most cases it serves as a very important support tool for the other senses that are used, which are sight and touch.

Which is the most important sense used?

The sense of touch. The manipulator has to carefully hone it to a feather sensitivity with many years of effort and practice.

Can an impatient person learn manipulation?

The impatient one may learn some theory, have a little success here and there, but most of the time his efforts are going to be almost null. The most important thing to be successful is patience, endless patience.

Is manipulation something that is studied?

There are various organizations that give training on the subject. There are also some technical books out there that are about manipulation.

Do you have an established price schedule?

My prices are determined by travel time and on site. Opening services are between $75.00 and $150.00 for a small security safe of mega store variety and changes according to these.

What instruments or tools do you use?

Mainly I depend on feeling, seeing and hearing. In those cases wheres the combination lock can't be manipulated for one reason or another, Im equipped with optics and highly specialized drilling equipment.

How discreet are you with openings?

Most of the time I am working in places where people keep their most prized possessions. I guarantee total confidentiality in all my openings. Regarding the safes I open,  all I do is open the combination lock of the safe and while walking out of the room, instruct the customer to swing open the door. I never look inside to see what's in the safe, I feel it's disrespectful and none of my concern.

Do you have any memberships?

Safe and Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA) Active Member #4663, National Safeman's Organization (NSO) Active Member #1801, Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) Active Member #23870, International Association of Investigative Locksmiths (IAIL) Active Member #2359

Does drilling ruin the safe or vault?

As one of the most experienced and dedicated safecrackers  currently working in Puerto Rico, I work with highly specialized tools and equipment that guarantee minimum damage to the equipment.

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