History Main / SafeCracking

3rd Apr '16 1:50:50 AM Alceister
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** All devices have weaknesses, the most basic being an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_torch oxy-acetylene torch]] which can cut through feet of steel over a typical Holiday Weekend. Being less obvious takes more time, but anyone with intimate knowledge of the device can usually find a way in.
*** The safe-maker can only defend against the attacks he can think of, the safe-cracker only has to find the ''one'' thing the safe-maker missed.
* More often than one would like to believe the combinations on safes are left at their factory default settings.

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** All devices have weaknesses, the most basic common being an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_torch oxy-acetylene torch]] which can cut through feet of steel over a typical Holiday Weekend. Being less obvious takes more time, but anyone with intimate knowledge of the device can usually find a way in.
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in. The safe-maker can only defend against the attacks he can think of, the safe-cracker only has to find the ''one'' thing the safe-maker missed.
** Someone recently found that moving a sufficiently powerful rare earth magnet around the door of a fire-proof safe can dislodge the bolts keeping it locked.
* More often than one would like to believe believe, the combinations on safes are left at their factory default settings.
23rd Nov '15 6:27:36 PM Snipertoaster
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** This is possible in the sequel via a perk in the ghost tree.

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** This is possible in [[VideoGame/{{Payday2}} the sequel sequel]] via a perk in the ghost tree.tree. It's time-consuming, but quicker and quieter than drilling, assuming that the player isn't interrupted.
8th Nov '15 8:45:57 PM nombretomado
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* RichardFeynman got into the habit of breaking into safes while working on the Manhattan Project. He discovered that, due to a design flaw, when one of the combination-locked filing cabinets that were used to hold the project's documents was open, he could read off all but one number of the combination. Then he broke into the main project archives, [[CrazyAwesome because the guy who could have let him in was out of the office]].

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* RichardFeynman UsefulNotes/RichardFeynman got into the habit of breaking into safes while working on the Manhattan Project. He discovered that, due to a design flaw, when one of the combination-locked filing cabinets that were used to hold the project's documents was open, he could read off all but one number of the combination. Then he broke into the main project archives, [[CrazyAwesome because the guy who could have let him in was out of the office]].
5th Nov '15 5:34:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''RanmaOneHalf'': Genma, who invented two martial arts styles based on theft, is shown to be a safecracker.

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* ''RanmaOneHalf'': ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Genma, who invented two martial arts styles based on theft, is shown to be a safecracker.
1st Nov '15 6:16:31 AM kchishol
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* The 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' had the Riddler used a different method: he obtained a supply of a rare wax that becomes powerfully corrosive when exposed to flame to eat through locks and simply poke them clear of the door itself to open it.
25th Sep '15 2:46:30 PM Discar
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->''It's about fitting into a culture with its own rules and hierarchies. It's a world where [[BankRobbery bank robbers]] are the rock stars, [[ConMan con artist]]s are the snobs, [[HeroStoleMyBike car thieves]] are the blue collar guys...and safe crackers are ''[[MadArtist the artists]].
-->--'''''Series/BurnNotice''''', "Scatter Point"

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->''It's ->''"It's about fitting into a culture with its own rules and hierarchies. It's a world where [[BankRobbery bank robbers]] robbers are the rock stars, [[ConMan con artist]]s artists are the snobs, [[HeroStoleMyBike car thieves]] thieves are the blue collar guys...and safe crackers are ''[[MadArtist the artists]].
-->--'''''Series/BurnNotice''''',
'''the artists'''."''
-->-- '''''Series/BurnNotice''''',
"Scatter Point"



* In a season two episode of ''PersonOfInterest'', the person Reese has to protect is a retired safecracker who gets blackmailed by his old gang into cracking one last safe. Finch mentions that cracking a safe by the sound of the tumblers is a lost art. He doesn't mention the fact that this is because modern safes are designed so that thieves can't do that anymore (Which, given that the safecracker succeeds in opening the safe, proves that either he's really good or the safe was obsolete).

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* In a season two episode of ''PersonOfInterest'', ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', the person Reese has to protect is a retired safecracker who gets blackmailed by his old gang into cracking one last safe. Finch mentions that cracking a safe by the sound of the tumblers is a lost art. He doesn't mention the fact that this is because modern safes are designed so that thieves can't do that anymore (Which, given that the safecracker succeeds in opening the safe, proves that either he's really good or the safe was obsolete).
12th Aug '15 11:47:02 AM kchishol
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* ''Film/DieHard'' has Hans Gruber and his gang deal with a super secure vault. Here, Gruber's tech expert, Theo, notes that he can break through 6 of the seven locks, the final electromagnetic lock is beyond him. However, Gruber's EvilPlan is set up to deal with this.
22nd Jul '15 2:10:48 PM Jallen
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* The Steam horror game ''Kidnapped'' features a particularly easy to crack safe with; with a stethoscope found in the same room as the safe all you need to do it hover it over the door and turn to handle to make it open.
21st May '15 5:53:55 PM nombretomado
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* This was Newkirk's specialty on ''HogansHeroes''.

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* This was Newkirk's specialty on ''HogansHeroes''.''Series/HogansHeroes''.
28th Apr '15 3:05:20 PM nombretomado
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* Done numerous times in ''BurnNotice'', though Michael tends to cut out the bottom of a cup and use that to listen to the tumblers falling into place. He also is seen in several episodes practicing on similar safes, before actually cracking the real thing. When he ''can't'' break into a safe (usually because he doesn't have the time), he [[TakeAThirdOption takes another route]] and steals the safe, knowing that just having it (or depriving his target of it) is sufficient for his purposes.

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* Done numerous times in ''BurnNotice'', ''Series/BurnNotice'', though Michael tends to cut out the bottom of a cup and use that to listen to the tumblers falling into place. He also is seen in several episodes practicing on similar safes, before actually cracking the real thing. When he ''can't'' break into a safe (usually because he doesn't have the time), he [[TakeAThirdOption takes another route]] and steals the safe, knowing that just having it (or depriving his target of it) is sufficient for his purposes.
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