Locksmith with Sock and Magnet Breaks $250 Safe

Locksmith’s safe crack goes viral

“…So, anything you buy in Home Depot… any safe, in Walmart, Costco… Staples, Canadian Tire, it’s all crap! We can open them in less than ten seconds [some of them]…”

Meet Terry Whin-Yates, the President of Mr. Locksmith. He is a professional locksmith like our Colin. Only in Canada instead of Oxfordshire. He has a popular YouTube channel under the alias of Mr. Locksmith, his company’s name.  His channel has 31,006 subscribers, with an average of 8,000 viewers per clip.

Some of which have gone viral, with over 100,000 viewers for some clips.  In the last fortnight, one of his demonstrations passed the one million mark. It is the YouTube clip at the top of this post.

Safe in whose hands?

In junk mail or betwixt the colour sections of your favourite newspaper, you sometimes see mail order booklets for home and garden products. Alongside the usual merchandise, you sometimes see a miniature safe within its pages. The blurb extols its fireproofing qualities and security. Then you find it’s under £50.00. At that price, you think it’s a steal. So you order it, wait for it, then screw it to the back of the wall and place your valuables inside, in good faith that nobody could enter your safe.

Mr. Whin-Yates’ demonstration proved one point: anything less than £175 may be vulnerable to thieves. With the demonstration, he found how the safe’s security could be compromised with two very basic items.

Instead of trying to memorise the combination code, a rare earth magnet and a sock scuppered the electronic sentry safe’s security. How did that happen? The rare earth magnet and sock triggered the nickel solenoid locking system.

The moral of the story is…

If you’re shopping around for a safe, ‘you get what you pay for’ is the maxim. From Mr. Whin-Yates’ clips, the cheapo safe from Argos or countless catalogues may be worthless. Firstly, manual safes may be better than electronic ones. Secondly, though cheaper safes may be good for protecting documents, storing anything too precious should be avoided.

Like any major purchase, it pays to do your homework first. You could consider spending more on a mechanical safe, or look at safe deposit facilities.

CPPM, 18 February 2016.