If you do and you're seeking a licensed and competent safecracker, then all you really need is to call the number above. If you want to make an informed choice, read on. There's lots of info here to help you.

Common reasons why somebody will contact me for safe opening or service:

  1. You may have forgotten or lost your combination/code.
  2. Your safe won't open because of a malfunction.
  3. A friend/relative has died, taken ill, or may be incapacitated and nobody else knows the combination to his/her safe.
  4. You may have purchased a home or business that already has an existing safe that you want to use, but you are LOCKED OUT.
  5. You need to change the combination/code or your safe requires repairs or service.
  6. Your safe (with all your valuables or guns inside) has burned up in the recent wild fires and there is no longer a lock, dial, keypad or handle to use to open it. As bad as this seems, unfortunately, that's probably not all that is preventing the door from opening. Don't worry! I can still open it!

There are many more reasons, but the important thing to remember is that you should seek someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and fully-equipped to handle your problem, no matter what it is. You don't need to settle for that guy who only "thinks" he can. A few simple questions will tell you who you're dealing with. See My Safecracker's 10 QUESTIONS BLOG entry for more about what you should be asking that person on the phone before hiring them for a safe opening or any other security work. Don't be a victim! There are many, many scam artists on the internet.

As a safe and vault specialist, I do not do any general, commercial or automotive locksmithing, but if you found me searching for that, I will be happy to refer you to a qualified local professional who is skilled in those areas of locksmithing.



A commercial locksmith for 40 years, I have spent the last 25 years learning, keeping up with the newest technology and honing my skills as a dedicated, full-time, professional safecracker while opening, repairing and servicing all types and brands of safes, vaults, and bank/government security equipment. When you call me, you'll be talking to the owner of a local small business, not an operator at a boiler-room call center in New York, Las Vegas or India.

As a member of the Safe & Vault Technician's Association (SAVTA) and also as a SAVTA instructor and author of numerous technical articles on the art and science of safe and vault opening and servicing, I have endeavored to become the best I can be, as well trying to advance the level of professionalism and competence within our entire industry. That's what a Master Safecracker does and continues to do.

For more details about my professional education, special training, bonding and to see recommendations from other safe industry leaders, please go to my LinkedIn page.

You can also verify my licenses and bond info at the CA.gov links on my  "External Links" page, below.



A LOCKSMITH isn't necessarily a SAFECRACKER and vice-versa.

In addition to cultivating the knowledge and skills required to identify, service, repair and open all modern, rare-antique and high security safe, vault and ATM equipment, I am one of only a few Licensed California Safe Technicians who specialize in NO or Minimal damage openings, using the art and science of "combination lock manipulation" and "advanced combination lock diagnostics". These skills allow me to open many safes by "sight, sound and touch", which means there will be no drilling mess or other inconvenience and that your safe can be put back into service sooner after the opening. No repairs needed!

Even if your safe is not a good candidate for opening by manipulation, is equipped with a digital or manipulation resistant lock or if a malfunction exists that does require drilling to overcome, "minimal damage" means that after opening, that tiny hole I had to drill can easily be repaired to meet or exceed your safe's rating and the repaired area will not be evident.



During the Covid-19 crisis, we, as an essential service provider, will attempt to respond to all genuine emergency and some routine service requests as our personnel and resources allow. Emergency calls will receive priority!

We will be taking and enforcing all isolation precautions as recommended by the CDC.

More Useful Information

Brand Names Serviced

S.F. Bay Area Service Areas

S.F. Bay Area Service Areas

I service safes, vaults, GSA containers, ATMs and cash dispensers from all of the following manufacturers:

A&B, Allied-Gary, Alpine, American, American Security Products, AmSec, Armor, Atlas, Auditcon, Baum, Bernadini, Bischoff, Bode-Panzer, Brown, Cannon, Cardtronics, Cary, Cencon, City Safe, Chatwood-Milner, Chubb, Collier, Cross, Corporate Security Systems (CSS), De La Rue, Diebold, Docutel, Eclipse, Emo, Empire, EXL, Fichet-Bauche, FireFyter, FireKing, FKI, Fujitsu, Gardall, Gary, Giant, GlobaLoks, Graffunder, Hamilton, Hayman, Hermann, Herring-Hall-Marvin, Ilco-Unican, International, Intersec, ISM, Invincible, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-Mas, Kaso, Knight, Kumahira, Kumihira, Kumihara, La Gard, Lefebure, Liberty, Lord, LP Locks, Major, Mancini, Mas-Hamilton, McGunn, Meilink, MGM, Modul-X Montgomery-Ward, Mosler, Mutual, National, NCR, NKL, NL Locks, Overly, Pacific, Pacific Security Products, Phoenix, Protectall, PSP, Remington-Rand, Remington & Sherman, Rosengrens, S&G, Sargent & Greenleaf, Schwab, Sears, Securifort, Sentry, SLS, Sportsman Steel, Star, Sturdy Safe, Tann, Tower, Tranax, Triton, US Security, Vector, Victor, Wincor-Nixdorf, X-07, X-08, X-09, and many, many others.

S.F. Bay Area Service Areas

S.F. Bay Area Service Areas

S.F. Bay Area Service Areas

Alameda, Albany, Atherton, Bel Marin Keys, Belvedere, Belmont, Berkeley, Bodega Bay, Bolinas, Booneville, Brisbane, Burlingame, Calistoga, Castro Valley, Clearlake, Cloverdale, Colma, Concord, Contra Costa, Corte Madera, Cotati, Cupertino, Danville, Daly City, Davis, Dublin, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fairfax, Fairfield, Forest Knolls, Foster City, Fort Bragg, Fremont, Gilroy, Greenbrae, Guerneville, Half Moon Bay, Hayward, Healdsburg, Hillsborough, Inverness, Jenner, Kelseyville, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Lakeport, Larkspur, Livermore, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Lucas Valley-Marinwood, Marin City, Martinez, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mill Valley, Monterey, Monte Rio, Muir Beach, Napa, Nicasio, Novato, Oakland, Olema, Orinda, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Pinole, Pleasanton, Point Reyes Station, Redwood City, Richmond, Rohnert Park, Ross, Stinson Beach, Sacramento, Salinas, San Anselmo, San Francisco, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Quentin, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Santa Venetia, Sausalito, Sonoma, South San Francisco, San Ramon, Sebastopol, Solano, Strawberry, St. Helena, Sunnyvale, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Terra Linda, Tiburon, Ukiah, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, Windsor, Woodside, Yountville, and most other Northern California and San Francisco Bay Area communities.

GSA Contractor Services

S.F. Bay Area Service Areas

GSA Contractor Services

In order to keep America's secrets secure, agencies of the United States Government, the military, and private contractors doing business with the U.S. Government requires the use of security containers with very particular specifications. These safes are called GSA approved containers and have a label saying that they are APPROVED.

They are used to secure and protect confidential documents, maps, plans, computer servers, weapons and many other things that are important to our national security.

The specifications for building, using, securing, breaching, repairing and certifying said containers are the responsibility of the General Services Administration, and the security services of the various agencies and departments that use them.

There are reams of paperwork associated with the use, maintenance and service of this equipment that specify when and how the equipment may be used and for storing what. What locks are to be used on them. Who is qualified to service, repair, open and re-certify the equipment and exactly how those service are to be performed.

As a GSA Contractor, I am familiar with all this. I can help you to navigate the GSA maze, as well as open, service and repair your GSA containers.

Client References

Consultant / Witness Services

GSA Contractor Services

Over the years my clients have included individuals, homeowners, general locksmiths, small shopkeepers, restaurants, supermarkets, taverns, home businesses, hospitals, churches, schools, pretty much anyone that needs a place to securely store and protect cash, valuables, jewelry inventory and any other business assets. There have also been a few clients who were celebrities, millionaires and even a couple of billionaires.

Since security and discretion is of the utmost importance, my individual client list is, of course, confidential. Client references are available by request and with the client's full permission.

Corporate/Government Clients

Consultant / Witness Services

Consultant / Witness Services

Here are just a few of the corporate and government clients I have served:

Bank of America, New Resource Bank, Union Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo, Cook Security, Diebold, Wincor-Nixdorf, Fujitsu, NCR, Western Protection.

SFPD, Novato PD, Oakland PD, Central Marin PD, San Mateo Sheriff.

Department of State, Department of the Treasury, U.S. Mint, U.S. Federal Reserve, FBI, DEA, IRS, DOHS, FAA, TSA.

U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Service and the California National Guard.

Consultant / Witness Services

Consultant / Witness Services

Consultant / Witness Services

Although this is not my primary area of interest or service, I do consult on projects involving physical security, insurance claims involving losses from safe equipment, and occasionally preparing exhibits and  giving testimony in civil and criminal matters involving the same. These services are usually requested by insurance companies, attorneys for plaintiffs or defendants, as well as criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors.

External links

Ken Doyle - The Safecracker's Blog Page

Ken Doyle - The Safecracker's Blog Page

Ken Doyle - The Safecracker's Blog Page

My Safecracker Blog

10 Important Questions to ask before you hire a locksmith or safe man to open or repair your safe. A member of the Safe & Vault Technician's Association offers some FREE advice on how NOT to get ripped-off.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ken Doyle - The Safecracker's Blog Page

Ken Doyle - The Safecracker's Blog Page

My Safecracker Blog's F.A.Q. PAGE


Client Reviews

Ken Doyle - The Safecracker's Blog Page

Safe & Vault Technician's Association Website

My Safecracker Blog's CLIENT REVIEW PAGE


Safe & Vault Technician's Association Website

Safe & Vault Technician's Association Website

Safe & Vault Technician's Association Website

Find a Safe Technician anywhere in the USA or even the whole world by using the search feature at  SAVTA

Other Safe & Vault-related Weblinks

Safe & Vault Technician's Association Website

Other Safe & Vault-related Weblinks

Check my current licensing info at the following CA.gov links:

California BSIS Locksmith Business Permit # LCO-223

California Specialty Contractor's (C-61 & D-16) License # 548201

My McSweeney's "Interview With A Safecracker"

Safecracker in Glenwood Springs opens an antique safe for Newspaper office and finds more than "paperclips and rubber bands".

Story HERE

Here is a great article about gun safe fire ratings: Gun Safe Reviews

And another about realistic Burglary Resistance

Safe & Vault-related YouTube Links

Safe & Vault Technician's Association Website

Other Safe & Vault-related Weblinks

Here's a YouTube video of a most extreme TORTURE TEST of a unique safe wall construction design.

Can somebody open YOUR safe with a POTATO?

Are those small home safes

 really that secure?

How about those ready-access pistol safes?

One more YouTube about Pistol Safes. There's a little salty language...


Contact Me

Drop me a line and describe your equipment and the problem you're having with it. You may find (as others have) that I can help you, right on the phone and... FOR FREE! A simple problem can and should be solved before you are LOCKED OUT! The problem isn't going to fix itself...

Want To Visit My Shop?

As you can imagine, anybody having a problem with a big heavy safe, an installed vault or ATM would rather have me come to them for service. That's why ADVANCED Safe & Vault is a MOBILE service, but, I do have clients who would prefer to bring a lightweight home safe or small, removable safe door to my shop in Novato for openings, service and/or repairs. This CAN save you a few bucks.

If that's you, no problem! My Shop hours are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call FIRST.

ADVANCED Safe & Vault

Civic Center, San Francisco, California 94102, United States

+1 (415) 519-3401


Monday-Friday: 9am - 5pm and 24/7 Emergency Service Available

Saturday: 24-Hour Emergency Service ONLY

Sunday: 24-Hour Emergency Service ONLY