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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 ...
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    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.

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    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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    No magic keys, but I'll give the screwdriver another go.

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    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.

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    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

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    Crowbar is also quite good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Crowbar is also quite good!
    Don't know about your cabs, but mine have glass doors - I'd be careful with this one!

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    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.........

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Don't know about your cabs, but mine have glass doors - I'd be careful with this one!
    Yeah but if you do it right they just pop off. Laptop trolleys are alot harder to get into with a crowbar!

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    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.

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    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)

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    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.

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    If the screwdriver doesn't work, screwdriver + mole grips on shaft of screwdriver will normally forcibly unscrew the retaining nut.

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    @badders.

    Where did you get your cab from?

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