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We took over a business which has a old safe by the safe cabinet division Marietta Ohio. It's about 6 feet high double door and the previous two owners don't know who it belongs to and have tried opening it without knowing the safe number. I am wondering who/ what locksmith I can use to help unlock this older safe in the greater philadelphia area specifically Broomall/Newtown square. I can send images via email or whatever is easiest but the pervious tenets have tried to manually open the safe with no luck.

Any help would be appreciated!

Hi Julia,

Are you looking for someone in the Massachusetts area or the Philadelphia, PA area???

In MA, I would recommend your contacting:

Hanover Safe & Lock Co.
Lock Defeat Technology
781-826-8872          Phil Shearer
990 Washington St.
Hanover, MA 02339

In the Philadelphia, PA area, I would contacting;

Wilson Safe Co.
3031 Island ave.,
Philadelphia, PA 19142   

All of us are very familiar with safes from Safe Cabinet.

I'm not sure what you mean by  -  "Thy have tried to open it without knowing the combination".   If the safe is damaged, it may not be repairable, and locks and parts may also be hard to find.

Second big problem if the safe is damaged.   This company was a known user of asbestos as an insulation material.   Exposed insulation can pose a significant health risk, and is considered HAZMAT!

You WILL need to be much more specific with your description of "previous tenants have tried to MANUALLY open the safe"!!!  

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.


44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

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2009 - 2015 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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