Safe Identification Pictures

This page will help if you want work doing to a safe, or need to more about your safe. See categories below, it starts with basic types of safe then pictures showing different types of safe key and keyhole styles further down.

Important questions if you cannot send pictures of your actual safe.

Does your safe have a turn handle? Or just the lock?

The style and position of any handles really helps us to identify your safe.Can you see the hinges? Or are they concealed? The shape and any numbers/letters on the hinges really helps us to ID your safe.

Is it a key lock? A mechanical combination lock dial? An electronic combination lock keypad? Is the key lost? code unknown? or just stopped working?

Is there any name, numbers or logo on the door, on the hinges, on the backpan or the bolt ends?
What colour is the safe? Is the door a different colour to the body?

Freestanding safes

Chubb Freestanding Safe opened by Alan Morgan Master Locksmiths near Northampton

Chubb Freestanding Safe

As above, safes which stand on the floor. Can be to give security protection like the Chubb or fire protection like the Phoenix below. Data safes have more insulation but thinner steel. Any freestanding safe weighing less than 1 tonne should be bolted down.

If you tell us it is a freestanding safe, can you see the hinges as above picture? Hinges and handles help us to ID your safe. Some have the hinges inside or concealed, see examples lower down.

A Data Safe or Fire Safe

Phoenix Data Safe for Fire Protection

Freestanding safes with concealed hinges below

Freestanding safe with concealed hinges. Silver turn handle below keyhole

The Chatwood Milner safe above has a vertical double bitted keyhole as compared to the Chubb at the top which has a single bitted key.

Securikey safe with concealed hinges. No handle just the keyhole.

The Securikey safe above has a horizontal double bitted keyhole. More on keyhole shapes below.

Under Floor Safes

Securikey Safeguard safe opened by Alan Morgan Master Locksmiths in Eckington

Securikey Safeguard round door under floor safe. Single bitted keyhole and lifting handle.


Mottura under floor safe opened by Alan Morgan Master Locksmiths

Mottura under floor safe with rectangular door, lifting handle no turn. Keyway is double bitted.

As shown above, Under Floor Safes or UFS are designed to be set into a concrete floor which helps to protect the safe. Unobtrusive and secure but inconvenient to use.

Round door or square or rectangular? Is there a turn knob or turn handle? Or just the lifting handle?

Securikey Rectangular Under floor safe with both lifting handle and the round turn handle. Double bitted pipe keys and the keyhole shape visible.


Securikey Rectangular safe door with only lifting handle, no turning operating handle


Churchill Round Safe Door, with small turn to operate bolts plus the D handle to lift the door out. Turn handles can be central or offset, metal or plastic. Single bitted keyhole.


Churchill Safe Round Door. No turn handle to move bolts, just the folding handle to rotate the lid and lift it out. Double bitted keyhole.


Wall Safes

Churchill Magpie wall safe opened by Alan Morgan Master Locksmiths

Churchill Magpie wall safe, single bitted CHAPS lock

Designed to be bricked into a wall which then helps to protect the safe from attack and removal. Similar design to floor board safes which fit between joists of a wooden floor. Single layer of steel but extra strength from the brickwork around it.

Most just have the keyhole and no handle, position of the keyway and any handle can help us ID your safe but sending a picture is best.

Melsmetal Wall Safe. Sold by Securikey. This wall safe has a turn handle to retract bolts once unlocked. Combination lock opened.


Types of safe lock and safe keys

Single Bitted Safe Keys and Keyhole 

Single Bitted Pin Key

single bitted, pin key and safe lock. Willenhall S2

Single bitted keyway, Alan Morgan Master Locksmiths

Single bitted keyhole to suit lock as above.


Single bitted Pipe Key

Lips 7 lever safe lock. Single bitted pipe key

Double Bitted Safe Keys and Key Holes

Stuv, double bitted pipe key

Small Double Bitted Pipe key for safe. Stuv brand

Double bitted pipe key and matching keyhole, Alan Morgan Master Locksmiths

The double bitted pipe key and keyway, they are not always even sided.

Keyhole shape for double bitted key in horizontal alignment, Alan Morgan Masterl Lcksmiths

Double bitted keyholes in safes.

Solid double bitted key

Double bitted, double throw, solid pin style safe key


Other types of safe key

Fichet Safe Key

Fichet safe key, has splines around outside.


Mauer Varos Safe Key

Mauer Varos lock

Mauer Varos safe keys. If these start catching or being difficult to open get them changed as soon as possible.


La Gard 2200 Safe Key

La Gard 2200 Keys

Distinctive black plastic key bow for La Gard 2200 2270

La Gard 2200 series key tip. Be careful not to damage these as they are soft brass. Please keep the end clean as fluff builds up inside the lock.

Detachable safe key types

These are detachable keys where the end separates so you have less to carry

Mauer style, similar to Kromer system


Above is a Rosengren key stem. Distinctive shape bow with knurled wheel that unscrews the key bit. This fits RKL10 locks. The Rosengren ABN have the same bow but an angled wedge joint at the tip.


Slip bit style. Chubb, SLS, SMP, Tann, Ratner and some Milner locks use a small flat bit which fits through a slot in the key stem.

Chubb P pattern slip bit instructions


SLS or SMP slip bit in stem, the tip unscrews to release key piece

More pictures to follow



See also the safe openings page for more examples of our work

Opening Dudley Euro Grade safe with lost combination numbers. No drilling or damage to the safe. New lock fitted and another customer impressed.

Freestanding safe with tri spoke turn handle

Opening Dudley Euro Grade safe with lost combination numbers. No drilling or damage to the safe. New lock fitted and another customer impressed.

cash machine

This cash machine had been unsuccessfully attacked by burglars. The damage wrought meant that our skills were needed to get it open again. ATM crime.


electric locking

Freestanding SMP safe with round turn handle. Electronic time lock. Distinctive round hinges.

Converted from key locking to electronic lock with a time lock, time delay and multi-user audit features.


Brattonsound gun cabinet

Brattonsound Gun Cabinet with Cawi lock picked open.


churchill under floor 2

Churchill Underfloor Safe picked open. No drilling or damage. New lock fitted for another happy customer.


churchill under floor safe

Another firm of locksmiths drilled a hole THIS big into this Churchill Underfloor safe. They still couldn't open it. We had to come and sort it out. However at no point did this safe need drilling. DO NOT let anyone drill your safe for lost keys or combination numbers. Ask if they are going to drill when they quote. We only drill when something inside has broken.