Do you own a Sentry safe? Then it might interest you—even shock you, some might say—to know that some models can be opened in less than five seconds. This method involves no damage to the safe and if you do it correctly, will leave no signs that you were even there at all. So how do you open a Sentry Safe? Well, it doesn’t take a locksmith with decades of experience or the Sentry Safe combination, all you need is a magnet.

“Different types of magnets will open up most hotel rooms, most inexpensive safes, and most apartments,” said locksmith Terry Whin-Yates, who proceeds to demonstrate by placing the magnet on the safe, giving it a good wiggle, and then opening the locked compartment.

“We did it on TV in 1.63 seconds,” the locksmith said.

It should be noted that this kind of Sentry Safe is designed specifically to protect against fire damage, not burglars with rare earth magnets in socks. Other safes, including most gun safes on the market, cannot be opened using this method. So before you start scrambling to put your guns in a safer place, you should probably consult a locksmith first.

We also, of course, do not encourage you to try this method on anyone else’s safe.

Skip to 3:45 for the actual safe opening.

Image screenshot of video by Mr. Locksmith on YouTube

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14 thoughts on “Video: How to Open a Sentry Safe in Less Than 5 Seconds

  1. Nice going. The vast majority of people don’t know that safe can be opened that easily. Neither does the common street thief. But, NOW they do.

    1. A common street thief, as a general rule is not going to know where to buy a rare earth magnet that large nor be willing to spend well over $400 to get one. Plus you completely missed the point of the video, which is that Sentry safes are not secure and you should not rely on them.

      1. I was a cop in a major metro police agency for 40 years. So, I know about “common street” thieves and I can assure you they will see this video and they’ll figure out a way to get the magnet to do it. Steal it if they have too. They are quite innovative sometimes. Secondly, no I didn’t miss the point. I got the point. The point is informing people about the ease of opening one of these boxes. I simply commented on the potential consequences of the “point” that was being made. So, apparently you missed the point.

      2. Agree with you 100%.

        When I was working juvenile probation we refused to go to high schools and teach kids about drugs because it would probably give more of them incentive to try them than dissuade them. Bad guys may be bad, but they’re not all that stupid. Trust me, a couple of good burglaries and they’re have the money to order one of these magnets off eBay.

  2. Y’all are missing the primary reason people – well, most people – use “fireproof safes”. Mine doesn’t have “valuables” in it, it has papers and photos that I want to keep safe from fire. That’s why I have them in a “fireproof safe”. I keep my heirlooms and valuables someplace else.

    If someone were to watch this video, then come and open *my* “piece of junk” fire safe… they’re going to be disappointed with their haul – marriage license, wills, photos of loved ones… stuff like that.

  3. You don’t even need to do this to a Sentry Safe. The hinges on the piece of crap we bought rusted and the door came off in our hands. It was in a conditioned room, so no reason for it. Of course, Sentry didn’t honor their lifetime guarantee and offered to replace their POS (after numerous attempts to contact them) $65. Hey Sentry! Shove your POS safe up your ass. Why would I give you another $65 when the “safe” I bought didn’t last. What a joke. Stay away from these asses!

  4. Does this only work with “electronic” Sentry Safes, or will it work on older models that are not electronic? We have one that belonged to my mother, and she did not leave keys or a copy of the combination behind. Also, how large does the rare earth magnet have to be for it to work? A couple of people commented previously that they can be purchased for under $40 on Amazon, but someone else mentioned the cost being around $400. Lastly, “Mr. Locksmith mentioned that rare earth magnets are dangerous. Dangerous how? I have a stent in my heart and have had one heart attack, and don’t want to risk getting “zapped” by putting this “rare earth magnet” next to metal while I’m holding it – in a sock or not – LOL! Thanks!

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