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Safe Opening: Mexican Standoff in Chinatown

Ken Dunckel
Owner, Safecracker
Safe & Vault Service in the SF Bay Area and Northern California
CA License 1985 CA Contractor 553337
415-203-7298 Mobile
kendunckel@aol.com


A man who ran a garment factory in a nineteenth century Chinatown building hired me to open a big double door safe. It had been trapped in the basement since before the 1906 Earthquake. Lots of big old safes downtown are trapped now with so many sidewalk freight lifts gone extinct.


At first there was a language problem, but we had common ground, since we were both fluent in Arabic numerals. I wrote down my price, he looked, said okay.




The price I'd given didn't warrant spending manipulation/dialing time on a lock as difficult as I know that type to be, so I drilled and used optics to open it. The main door swung as the owner watched. Inside were three heavyweight burglary resistive inner chests, two key-locked, one combination locked. This was a very deluxe setup, then or now. They filled the inside of the…