Physical Security Thread, Lost cab keys in Technical; Has anybody got any tips on how to access a locked cab when the key has been lost? I've tried ...
2nd June 2010, 10:09 AM #1
Lost cab keys
Has anybody got any tips on how to access a locked cab when the key has been lost? I've tried all the other cab keys and a screwdriver and I still can't get in. I even have a spare lock with a key to swap it with if I can open the door.
2nd June 2010, 10:11 AM #2
Does your caretaker have a magic key? The sort that usually opens most filing cabinets? They sometimes fit.
Do any on the panels unscrew? If not, use a large flat bladed screwdriver - push it in the slot and twist hard/sharply - it'll break the lock but they are cheap to replace.
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badders (2nd June 2010), talksr (5th April 2011)
2nd June 2010, 10:21 AM #3
No magic keys, but I'll give the screwdriver another go.
2nd June 2010, 10:25 AM #4
My only other suggestion is looking for a manufacturer sticker on it - or posting a few photos of it on here - it is possible that one of us has a spare you could try.
2nd June 2010, 10:52 AM #5
Large Drill bit into the lock thats the size of the hole for the key is the solution I used when needed it works every time
2nd June 2010, 11:00 AM #6
Crowbar is also quite good!
2nd June 2010, 11:12 AM #7
Don't know about your cabs, but mine have glass doors - I'd be careful with this one!
Originally Posted by glennda
2nd June 2010, 11:17 AM #8
I've normally managed to get in using a screwdriver or similar key before now. I've usually managed to turn the whole lock rather than actually unlock it - Does that make sense!? unfortunately it doesn't work on our Video conference equipment which has a D-Lock, as instructed I left all keys behind when we left our our old building, not thinking about this equipment as we never use it, and now the keys have gone.........
2nd June 2010, 11:19 AM #9
Let some of the "well known" students know that it can't be opened >.> it would be like a prize for them <.<
Also a drill bit the same size as a lock barrel does work.
2nd June 2010, 11:30 AM #10
Yeah but if you do it right they just pop off. Laptop trolleys are alot harder to get into with a crowbar!
Originally Posted by elsiegee40
2nd June 2010, 12:10 PM #11
I've managed to break into cab's in the past by using a long, flat screwdriver under the doors hinges and just lifted the door straight off its hinges.
2nd June 2010, 12:16 PM #12
there is sometimes the possibility of taking the sides off too - which then allows you access to the inside of the lock - you can then unlock it or remove the lock without any damage to cab (other than it now needing a new lock)
2nd June 2010, 04:45 PM #13
http://www.keysplease.co.uk are usually pretty good at supplying replacement keys, if it's not too late. You just need to know the key shape (if you have a similar key) and the number from the lock.
2nd June 2010, 04:55 PM #14
If the screwdriver doesn't work, screwdriver + mole grips on shaft of screwdriver will normally forcibly unscrew the retaining nut.
2nd June 2010, 04:55 PM #15
Where did you get your cab from?
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