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Glossary of terms for Safes & vaults

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Glossary & Dictionary

  • A.B.P. – Anti blow pipe (i.e. heavy duty heat cutting equipment)
  • Active relocker – A device that enhances the locking of the safe and also is triggered by an unauthorized or attempted opening or breach.
  • Aggregate material – material used to fill the body of the safe, usually high MPA concrete or similar.
  • Anti drive spindle – A design that prevents the drive spindle (this is the bar that connects the dial on the front of a safe to the lock body) from being driven into the lock to remove the lock or give access to the lock workings.
  • Anti fish plate – see Baffle
  • Anti jack hinges – A hinge design that make it difficult to jack a safe off the floor
  • Baffle – A plate fitted inside deposit or posting slot to make the unauthorized removal of valuables difficult.
  • Cracking a safe– a slang term used to describe opening a safe by methods other than the key or combination.
  • Dial Check – A lock that once locked prevents the dial being spun.
  • Dogging Bolts – bolts that prevent the safe door from being opened in the event the hinges are removed.
  • Duress code – A sequence or code inputted into a digital combination lock that notifies of a duress situation.
  • Glass relocker – A sheet or piece of tempered glass that protects the vital parts of the locking mechanism, which is usually attached to a passive relocker.
  • Hard plate – A piece of metal or material made of or treated to resist penetration usually by drill bits
  • Indirect drive – A drive mechanism to make manipulation more difficult.
  • Lock on back case (LOBC) – A way of ensuring that a unauthorized person can not gain entry to the lock workings and work out the combination for later use.
  • Lock out mode – A consequence of incorrect or unauthorized entries to a digital keypad.
  • Manipulation – A technique, which utilizes inbuilt tolerances of a combination lock to determine the combination. (The technique seen in most spy movies and is not based on the actual technique I employ) Safe and Vault Technician – A locksmith or similar who has extensive knowledge in the workings of safes and vaults.
  • Passive relocker – A device that is usually only triggered when the primary defence of the safe has been breached. (i.e. an attempt to open the safe by drilling the lock out.)
  • Relocker – A device, which relocks the safe either after or during an attempted breach.
  • Smoker – A term given to safes that were (they were discontinued due to safety concerns for locksmiths and techs that had to drill into them) fitted with gas tubes inside the body and or door.
  •  Safes & Vaults – heavy duty containers or a strong room
  • Safe Cracker-someone with intimate knowledge of the working of a safe or Vault
  • Safe Cracking Brisbane – a service offered by KGB Security where we come out and open a safe where the safe lock has malfunctioned
  • T.D.R. – Torch and drill resistant
  • TDR Safe– Torch and drill resistant safe
  • Thermal Link – A method of attaching a relock to a vital part of the safe that will activate at around 70º c
  • Thermic Lance – A device of immense destructive power that in theory can cut through most safes quickly. (They are big and bulky, require breathing apparatus and generate temperatures in excess of 4000 º C at the tip.)
  • Time delay lock – A lock that once set or activated will delay the opening by a determined time, usually 15 minutes. These are very effective to deter the threat proposed by armed hold up.
  • Time lock – A mechanical or electronic lock that once set will only open at that preset time. Eg if the timelock is programmed to lock at between 6 Pm and 8 am Monday Friday there is no way the safe can be opened under any circumstances.
  • Treasury cabinet – A separate compartment inside the safe that usually has twin locks (eg Bank manager and teller) or a time delay lock.
  • Tumbler – An integral part of a combination lock, which we refer to as a wheel. Most quality combination locks have 3 or 4 wheels.
  • Wrong try penalty – A predetermined time that must elapse before the lock will allow more attempts to open