History Main / SafeCracking

7th Jan '17 9:37:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''EternalDarkness'' had the lead character Alex unlock an old safe through the use of a 200-year-old Stethoscope.
* Made fun of in ''[[SpyroTheDragon Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs]]''. After delivering a number of tools to the Master Thief, he demonstrates his skills as he opens the safe that holds the Heart of his Realm. He starts out by listening to the safe with a stethoscope while turning the dial, but then transitions to using a hammer and a crowbar, and then finally just blows the safe up. Made even sillier than it seems by the fact that since it's ''his'' safe to begin with, the Master Thief should have known the combination.
* ''{{Safecracker}}'' places the protagonist in the headquarters of a prestigious safe-manufacturing firm known as Crabb & Sons, as part of a job interview - crack all the safes and open the final vault in the span of 12 hours, and you're hired. The safes vary from cleverly hidden that need special keys, to novelty boxes that can be opened by completing a puzzle, and none of them rely on the traditional methods of safecracking. (Except for the tried and true "figure out where they wrote down the combination" gambit.)

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* ''EternalDarkness'' ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' had the lead character Alex unlock an old safe through the use of a 200-year-old Stethoscope.
* Made fun of in ''[[SpyroTheDragon Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs]]''.''VideoGame/SpyroAttackOfTheRhynocs''. After delivering a number of tools to the Master Thief, he demonstrates his skills as he opens the safe that holds the Heart of his Realm. He starts out by listening to the safe with a stethoscope while turning the dial, but then transitions to using a hammer and a crowbar, and then finally just blows the safe up. Made even sillier than it seems by the fact that since it's ''his'' safe to begin with, the Master Thief should have known the combination.
* ''{{Safecracker}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Safecracker}}'' places the protagonist in the headquarters of a prestigious safe-manufacturing firm known as Crabb & Sons, as part of a job interview - crack all the safes and open the final vault in the span of 12 hours, and you're hired. The safes vary from cleverly hidden that need special keys, to novelty boxes that can be opened by completing a puzzle, and none of them rely on the traditional methods of safecracking. (Except for the tried and true "figure out where they wrote down the combination" gambit.)
31st Dec '16 5:42:12 AM Jake
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* This was Vila's specialty in ''Series/BlakesSeven'', with various high-tech tools instead of a stethoscope, though he usually only got to use his talents on locked doors to [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Terran Federation]] military installations.
2nd Dec '16 2:13:47 AM Alvin
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* Creator/OHenry's ''A Retrieved Reform''/''A Retrieved Reformation''/''Alias Jimmy Valentine'' begins with a safecracker getting out of prison by a pardon.
4th Sep '16 11:23:31 PM erforce
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-->-- '''''Series/BurnNotice''''', "Scatter Point"

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-->-- '''''Series/BurnNotice''''', ''Series/BurnNotice'', "Scatter Point"



* A ''ThePinkPanther'' cartoon shows this trope taken UpToEleven with AmusingInjuries quite obviously PlayedForLaughs, including StockCostumeTraits too.

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* A ''ThePinkPanther'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' cartoon shows this trope taken UpToEleven with AmusingInjuries quite obviously PlayedForLaughs, including StockCostumeTraits too.
15th Aug '16 10:55:09 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget does this in the opening sequence and finds DaChief (with a message for him) inside it.
15th Aug '16 10:53:27 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Safecrackers is one of the games played on ''ThePriceIsRight''. A big prize is locked behind a vault and contestants have to use 3 numbers on the vault by guessing the price of a small item.

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* Safecrackers is one of the games played on ''ThePriceIsRight''. A big prize is locked behind a vault and contestants have to use 3 numbers on the vault by guessing the price of a small item. (Ironically, one contestant who the game in the 80s was a locksmith and another was a police officer.)
15th Aug '16 10:52:20 AM LadyJaneGrey
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Not to be confused with TheCracker, a type of thief who steals using computers.
17th Jul '16 8:57:56 AM nombretomado
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* In ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', Mr. E.H. Harriman's newest safe defeats Butch's cracker. So they use dynamite. A LOT of dynamite. It winds up destroying the whole train car as well as the safe and sending the money flying everywhere.

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* In ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', Mr. E.H. Harriman's newest safe defeats Butch's cracker. So they use dynamite. A LOT of dynamite. It winds up destroying the whole train car as well as the safe and sending the money flying everywhere.
15th Jul '16 6:59:15 AM REV6Pilot
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* In 2003 a vault in the Secure Antwerp Diamond Area was robbed by a group of sophisticated Italian thieves known as the School of Turin making off with anywhere from $108-432 million. They defeated a number of high tech security systems in order to pull it off, including using hairspray against the motion detectors(due to the fact that it would be transparent enough for the system to arm but opaque enough to make the sensor useless). The vault itself though was interesting in that no one knows exactly how they got the combination. It was suggested that hidden cameras were used to record the combination being entered (In a ''Wired'' magazine article). The problem with that idea is that the combination was entered by viewing the dial through a magnification lens specifically to avoid the problem of shoulder surfing. One interesting possibility was that the dial was never manually zeroed by spinning the dial after the door was locked such that all that was necessary was turning the key(this is an issue with mechanical lock vaults as they are too complicated to zero automatically). Another option was that one of the individuals had written down the combination and it was pickpocketed from them(at least one of the concierges with the combination admitted to having wrote down the combination ). In addition to the combination, the key that opened the vault door was on a foot long pole(to prevent lockpicking attempts) that was stored in a closet next to the vault with the key left screwed on out of laziness(which fits the second theory on the combination). This was all described in the book Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History.

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* In 2003 a vault in the Secure Antwerp Diamond Area was robbed by a group of sophisticated Italian thieves known as the School of Turin making Turin, who made off with anywhere from $108-432 million. 108 and 420 million dollars. They defeated a number of high tech security systems in order to pull it off, including using hairspray against the motion detectors(due detectors (due to the fact that it would be transparent enough for the system to arm but opaque enough to make the sensor useless). The vault itself though was interesting in that no one knows exactly how they got the combination. It was suggested in a ''Wired'' magazine article that hidden cameras were used to record the combination being entered (In a ''Wired'' magazine article).entered. The problem with that idea is that the combination was entered by viewing the dial through a magnification lens specifically to avoid the problem of shoulder surfing. One interesting possibility was that the dial was never manually zeroed by spinning the dial after the door was locked such that all that was necessary was turning the key(this key (this is an issue with mechanical lock vaults as they are too complicated to zero automatically). Another option was that one of the individuals had written down the combination and it was pickpocketed from them(at them (at least one of the concierges with the combination admitted to having wrote written down the combination ). combination). In addition to the combination, the key that opened the vault door was on a foot long pole(to foot-long pole (to prevent lockpicking attempts) that was stored in a closet next to the vault with vault, ''with the key left screwed on on'' out of laziness(which laziness (which fits the second theory on the combination). This was all described in the book Flawless: ''Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History.History''.
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.
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