By Eric Hammer
Before you start calling the FBI, let us assure you that we're
not talking about the kind of safecracker who will break into
a bank vault in the middle of the night to help someone like
Danny Ocean to walk away with millions of dollars. Instead, when
we suggest that you may want to become a safecracker, we mean
that you may wish to consider working in this very interesting
field helping people to open safes they happen to own.
This is actually a very common situation as people die and
forget to leave behind the safe combination or leave it inside
the safe (yes, that really does happen). Other times, people
simply forget the combination they set up years ago and there
is no written record of it anywhere. Then of course you'll also
have the situations where you are called upon to use your safecracking
skills to break into a safe which is broken.
That last by the way is becoming an increasingly common issue
since most people simply don't understand what it takes to buy
a quality safe. Therefore, they end up buying them from big box
stores which sell them at razor thin margins. In order to sell
such safes, they often end up purchasing safes which have been
poorly built and which break rather easily. This means more business
for you as a safecracker, but headaches for the owners of these
How Much Can You Make?
While no formal information exists on the salaries that most
safecrackers command, the going rates for safe cracking services
give some indication of the kind of money that can be made. Typically,
a safecracker gets several hundred dollars per hour and often
is paid on a per job basis as much as $500-$1,000 for the job.
Bottom line, becoming a safecracker does mean making some good
money at the job.
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Keep in mind that as a safecracker, you will inevitably get
phone calls from people who are goofing around and asking you
to help them break into the local bank. You may also occasionally
get serious calls from criminal elements asking for the same
thing. In all cases, you should have a firm policy that all calls
are recorded and anyone asking for a safecracker for a job which
is obviously illegal will be reported. This guarantees that you'll
never end up being accused of doing something illegal.
Beyond that, consider working as well as a general locksmith
in order to make more money. While locksmiths don't make as much
money as safecrackers, they do have more work and by being able
to do both, you improve your chances of getting a job.
Qualifications / Requirements
You'll need to check with your state licensing board as some
states do require safecrackers to register and get licensed.
Others will simply require you to be licensed as a general locksmith
and still others will not have any requirements at all.
In all cases however, you may want to consider certification
from the National Safemans Organization, which provides two kinds
of certification for safecrackers. One kind is Certified Journeyman
Safecracker and the other, which is more advanced, is Certified
Start by learning general locksmithing methods as many of
the same methods will be used in your work as a safecracker.
Then, be sure to check on licensing requirements and certification.
Consider working for someone else before you strike out on your
own as this is the kind of work where people often hear about
you through word of mouth.
Check out these helpful resources to find out more about how
to become a safecracker:
at Large - While it's not much to look at, this is a good
blog from a professional safecracker where you can learn quite
a bit about the business and the challenges you may face in your
EHow: Safecracker Definition -This is a good
basic introduction to what it takes to become a safecracker,
though no specific details are offered here.