Singapore

HOLLYWOOD FANTASY OR SAFE-CRACKING REALITY?

The art of cracking safes has been featured in many movies.

But are they plausible in real life? Mr Melvin Tan, owner of Singapore Locksmith Services, looks at three film examples:

ANT-MAN (2015)

Scott Lang / Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) breaks into a hydraulic safe by freezing water with liquid nitrogen to shatter the lock.

Mr Tan: "For years, safe manufacturers have experimented on their safes and from experience, I've never seen a scientifically proven method of cracking safes."

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (2005)

Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke Duke (Johnny Knoxville) crack open Boss Hogg's (Burt Reynolds) safe with the help of Sheev (Kevin Heffernan) and explosives.

Mr Tan: "Using explosives is the worst possible method of cracking a safe, especially in movies when they put the explosives on the door of the safe.

"The door is the heaviest part and is usually made up of a combination of materials that can absorb the impact of explosions, making it terribly unrealistic."

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THE ITALIAN JOB (2003)

In this classic remake, professional safe and vault technician Stella Bridger (Charlize Theron) opens a safe with gold bars in it.

Mr Tan: "She's listening to the contact points in the safe to figure out the combination. That method is called manual manipulation.

"It usually involves a ear amplifier, graph paper and an extremely quiet room."