How to open a brinks padlock if the key is lost

Written by owen e. richason iv
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Brinks padlocks are security devices that can only be opened with a specific key. The key ridges align with the inter-workings of the pins, manipulating them in a "catching" fashion. When the key is inserted into the keyhole and turned, the pins are displaced from their locking position and pull up or back to free the shackle, opening the lock. When a key cannot be found or replaced for a Brinks lock, the remaining options are to pick the padlock or to cut it open.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Short-flex tension wrench
  • Short hook lock pick
  • Eye protection
  • Bolt cutters

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Slide the short-flex tension wrench into the bottom of the key hole on the Brinks padlock. Insert the short hook lock pick right next to it. Push the short hook lock pick all the way into the lock until it stops.

  2. 2

    Apply light, upward pressure to the short hook lock pick. Slide it out slowing, raking it against the padlock's internal pins. If the Brinks padlock doesn't open, repeat the process over again until you successfully pick the lock. This will require a lot of patience and trial-and-error.

  3. 3

    Cut the lock with bolt cutters if you cannot pick the Brinks padlock. If your best efforts to pick the lock come up short, put on eye protection. Turn the padlock to get a sizeable section of the lock's shackle. Squeeze the bolt cutter's shears together, cutting the shackle. Remove the padlock from the chest.

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