SAFECRACKER AT LARGE

Selected articles from SAFECRACKER AT LARGE Ken Dunckel's safecracking writings in Blogger




Kenneth (Ken) Dunckel was my Advanced Manipulation safecracker instructor during the Safe & Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA) conventions from 1995 to 1999. In Blogger he has a collection of interesting articles with plenty of excellent advice that can save you lots of time and money.

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2008

December 29, 2008

Read this before you call for service

HOW TO HIRE A SAFECRACKER

Better safe than sorry...

2009

January 02, 2009

Read this before calling for service

IS YOUR SAFECRACKER QUALIFIED?

Is the technician you call really qualified?

January 25, 2009

Mechanical troubleshooting

SAFE PROBLEMS, SAFE SOLUTIONS

Troubleshooting procedures for mechanical combination locks.

January 28, 2009

Electronic troubleshooting

SAFE PROBLEMS: MORE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

Troubleshooting procedures for electronic combination locks.

January 29, 2009

More troubleshooting tips

SOLVING SAFE PROBLEMS... MORE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

Simple solutions for common safe related problems.

January 30, 2009

Its easier than you think!

HOW TO DIAL A SAFE COMBINATION

Getting rid of unnecessary rituals in the dialing process.

February 03, 2009

Read this before you ever move a safe!

SAFE MOVING FOR BEGINNERS: HOW-TO TIPS

Important things you should know before trying to move a safe on your own.

February 05, 2009

Beware the scammers!

LOCKSMITH SCAMMERS: SERVICES NOT RENDERED

Beware those locksmiths who dont deliver

March 21, 2009

How valuable is your antique safe?

ANTIQUE SAFE PRICES & VALUES: HOW MUCH IS IT WORTH

Knowing the real value of old safes.

August 03, 2009

Interested in this crazy business?

WHERE TO LEARN SAFECRACKING

Serious trade education from accredited institutions.

2011

November 20, 2011

When shopping for an opening...

HOW TO GET SAFE OPENING PRICES

Helpful tips when obtaining quotes.

2012

April 18, 2012

Advice that minimizes problems

SAFE PROBLEM PREVENTION

Valuable advice to prevent problems in the future.

September 17, 2012

Thinking on buying a locked safe?

OLD (LOCKED) SAFES: SHOULD YOU BUY ONE?

Things you should know before buying a locked safe.

October 01, 2012

Never expect much from these safes

GUN SAFE SECURITY

Understanding the limitations of gun safes.

November 06, 2012

Read this before buying anything!

HOW TO BUY A SAFE

Things to consider before making the purchase

2013

January 13, 2013

Opening the safe of the deceased...

SAFE OPENING FOR ESTATES

Safe opening in front of lawyers and relatives of the deceased.

June 24, 2013

Should you pay for an unopened safe?

SAFE OPENING: SHOULD YOU PAY FOR FAILURE?

Beware of those technicians who charge without delivering results.

October 16, 2013

Is there tear gas inside your safe?

SAFE BOOBYTRAPS: TEAR GAS AND UNKNOWN CONTENTS

Know the dangers that lurk inside many safes of antique manufacture.

December 26, 2013

An important question asked by many...

DOES DRILLING RUIN A SAFE?

Not if its done by a professional.

2014

July 29, 2014

Understanding why gun safes fail

GUN SAFE FAILURES

Gun safe construction deficiencies.

2017

May 18, 2017

Confused by the different labels?

SAFE SIGNAGE

Understand the meaning of the different labels and markings on safes.

July 26, 2017

What to look for when taking photos

SAFE OPENING: PHOTOS FOR PRICE QUOTES

How to correctly identify a safe for opening purposes.

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