Antique Safes/Roy


Hello mike
Thanks for taking time out of your day. I would like to know if roy is still around.
I am a locksmith in canada and wondering if he would sign my copy of your book.thanks

Hi Chris,

I have been living in Spain for just over 18 months and shortly before I left the UK I received a rambling and angry phone call from Roy demanding that the book be withdrawn and questioning my copyright.  I was just on the point of leaving my home in England and had no time to visit to see what had upset him. He would not allow a computer in the house so there was no opportunity to contact him by email.  I was sad and quite upset as I thought we had become good friends during our hours together writing the book.  

He never rang again and we have not spoken since, so all I can suggest is that you contact him directly:

19 Pinewood Close
Westbury on Trym

Cell: 00 44 (0)7831 608450

If you reach him, please give him my regards,

Mike Palmer FSyI
Mike Palmer Consultancy

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I earn my living identifying safes and suggesting cash limits for risk advisors and insurance surveyors in the UK. I'm am pleased to comment on safes manufactured in the UK or Mainland Europe but I am unable to accept questions regarding safes made in the USA or elsewhere.


I have been in the UK safe industry for 40 years and have one of the largest archive databases of old safe literature and serial numbers in the country. I started with Chubb in 1960 and became Assistant Manager of their Bank Security Division before moving on to become the Insurance Liaison Manager with the John Tann Group. I became Sales & Marketing Director for Guardian Safes Limited before semi-retiring. I am a Fellow of the Security Institute and ex-Chairman of Eurosafe UK, a trade body representing the interests of UK safe makers and distributors. I now work as a part time consultant.

I am an advisor to the Safe Committee of the Association of Insurance Surveyors, a Fellow of the Security Institute and founding Chairman of Eurosafe UK.

I have had literally scores of articles published in various security trade publications. So far this year I have had 24 features published in various journals including Keyways, Professional Security, Pawnbroker and Safe India. I have published one book, Peckham Boy, the life and times of the world's greatest safe cracker.

No relevant educational credentials.

Awards and Honors
In 1997 I was awarded the annual shield by the Association of Insurance Surveyors for "..outstanding services to crime prevention"

Past/Present Clients
I have represented or been an agent for the John Tann Group (Stratford, Ratner, Dreadnought and Tann safes); Churchill Safes, Chubb Safe Co Ltd, SLS Safes, SMP Safes, Dudley Safes and several others

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