WARNING - Honeywell 5101 Security Safe

  • Published: 27 June 2012
  • A warning about the Honeywell 5101 Security Safe

Comments • 134

  • Ginny Taylor
    Ginny Taylor  2 weeks back

    how can you get into your safe with out the batteries working or using a key?

    • Patrick Hook
      Patrick Hook  2 weeks back

      Does the password reset

      • Dark Hellhound
        Dark Hellhound  2 weeks back

        You can weld over the holes if not much is in the safe.....or modify it and make a trap to where their hands get chopped off too....then the little shit/s will think twice about being stupid because they will be too busy adjusting to they're brand new life with no hands... problem solved 👍✌

        • crye redd
          crye redd  3 months back

          just mount the friggen safe!!

          • william
            william  4 months back


            • Josue Argumedo
              Josue Argumedo  4 months back

              I have a similar lock box just to start...but I bolted it down on both the bottom and the back (Wall and metal shelf, (plus it’s installed high up about 7’ above the floor)) so there’s no mounting holes exposed. Thanks for the warning. It’s a place to start for me. 👍

              • Kel Phillips
                Kel Phillips  7 months back

                I dont think this review has any value as it does not address how easy these safes are to bust open with a hammer or pinch bar !

                • Renee T
                  Renee T  8 months back

                  Ok so how do u open w no batteries and no keys

                  • Aassdf Aassd
                    Aassdf Aassd  9 months back

                    battery lost and i lost the key. what can i do to open it?

                    • Matt Mcgrath
                      Matt Mcgrath  10 months back

                      I don't understand his complaints. He realizes only he will know the combo lol.

                      • MegaGuitarpicker
                        MegaGuitarpicker  12 months back

                        I have this and use it as a designated decoy. If someone comes in and find this and it is heavy, maybe they will take it and leave other things alone.

                        • serhtrh fege
                          serhtrh fege  1 years back

                          *Works great>>>**ur2.pl/1017** and was able to program my own keyfobs with this thing. I have to replace a keyfob about once a year. I am constantly dropping them and eventually they quit working (battery changes don't help). You can find the fobs here for about $17. Which is about $30 less than what my alarm company wants for one that they program. I also found a bunch of old keyfobs in the system that I was able to remove.*

                          • Mukbang Jeezus
                            Mukbang Jeezus  1 years back

                            The amount of stupidity in these comments saying I'm not going to keep anything valuable in this safe. Well this only applies if you DO NOT mount the safe. You're basically screwed if the batteries die and don't have the keys. LOL. But good tip on the video.

                            • Cherry Slim
                              Cherry Slim  2 years back

                              Thank you. I got it open after 9 months without knowing what was inside. No money but thank you anyway.

                              • tmg1262
                                tmg1262  2 years back

                                Yea but if batteries die and you lost keys can’t open

                                • Shannon Womaje
                                  Shannon Womaje  2 years back

                                  Uhhh...That hole isn't available to anyone, because it is a bolt hole that will be against a stud or cement floor or wall, and mounted correctly with the correct mounting hardware. Any moron that doesn't mount a safe is...well, a moron, because you simply walk off with it. What's the point of buying any safe if it isn't secured properly. So this video is impertinent.

                                  • Alchael
                                    Alchael  2 years back


                                    • racer44444
                                      racer44444  2 years back

                                      Last time listening to you, one minute video that ran over ten minutes. PLUS, most safes are mounted in a wall, mine is mounted on concrete blocks. There is no access to the holes. If you can get to the bottom holes or side holes, you probably could just pick it up off the floor and take it with you when you rob the house......

                                      • Christopher White
                                        Christopher White  2 years back

                                        Holy Crap! I have this exact safe. Got it for free. I will mount it. I won't keep anything to important in there.

                                        • Amber Toth
                                          Amber Toth  2 years back

                                          How do I reset my safe? I lost the owner manual

                                          • Garet
                                            Garet  2 years back

                                            This guy just likes the sound of his voice damn..get to the point haha

                                            • blumps
                                              blumps  3 years back

                                              Those holes are to bolt the safe down. It comes with bolts too. Just put the bolts in and you'll be fine. Yes, its worth 50 dollars.

                                              • Louis Carrozzi
                                                Louis Carrozzi  3 years back

                                                I got this safe and was very disappointed by the LOUD BEEPING THAT LETS EVERY ROBBER KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE, BANG BANG! I was also disappointed by how easy it is to hack the safe with the holes in the back. However, there are fixes for at least 2 things wrong with this product! So, if you have bought this and now are thinking of taking it back, there are a couple of things you can do to make this safe BETTER, or should I say suck less?

                                                First, you can disable the red button inside the safe. Second, you can disable the beeping so that you can use your safe discreetly!

                                                To disable the red button, open the safe, unscrew the back plate to the locking mechanism. Once open, look for a small circuit board sitting on two rubber pins. Gently take it off the rubber mounts and flip it over. Disconnect the cord going from the red button to the circuit board. That will disable the red button, shutting down that hack!

                                                Turning off the beeping is a little trickier and you have to be VERY careful or you could brick the safe and make the key pad unusable.

                                                Pay close attention to how the various wires are connected to the circuit board, especially the strip of wires in the plastic strip. There is a right way and a wrong way to insert this, so save yourself some headache later and note how each of the wires plugs into the circuit board (there are only 3 and 2 of them you can only screw in one way, so this should be easy.

                                                Once you have the circuit board disconnected, look for the small round black thing with a hole in the top. THAT is the ANNOYINGLY LOUD SPEAKER. To disable it is simply a matter of cutting off the power circuit to that device. If you flip the board over, you will see two printed wires on the board that go directly to that device. What you want to do is break the circuit by cutting one of those "wires". The "wires" are actually printed circuits on a board, so the way to cut it is to scrape ONLY one of those two wires off the board with a sharp knife or a razor blade. If you are looking at the board and the speaker is at the top of the board, I chose the circuit on the right to disable.

                                                You don't need to scratch off the entire circuit, just cut it enough to break the connection.

                                                Very gently and carefully scratch a gap in that connection until no metal remains in the gap on the board. Be SURE not to muck with any of the other connections on the board or you will brick your safe. (Well, it can still be opened with a key....).

                                                Once that is done, reconnect the 3 other wires back to the board and place it back on the rubber mounts.

                                                BEFORE you put the back plate on, reconnect the red button, set a NEW combination (because your old one got wiped when you disconnected the battery!) and test it to make sure it works and THEN disconnect the red button wire. That red button will no longer work, so make sure you DO NOT put your keys in the safe or you may get locked out and have to get a crow bar to break back in!

                                                Once the red button is disconnected and you have verified the NEW code you just put in, you can then replace the back panel and screw it in with the 4 screws.

                                                Congrats! You now have a SILENT safe that can't be hacked with the red button.

                                                Hope this helps!

                                                • Alan Maier
                                                  Alan Maier  3 years back

                                                  If that doesn't work, the old paper clip in the manual lock will work. These are not keyed well at all - I had to open one due to a keypad issue that was mounted well and the paperclip did the trick.

                                                  • Joanne King
                                                    Joanne King  3 years back

                                                    As Long a the batteries have not died this would work.

                                                    • Ed Thomas
                                                      Ed Thomas  3 years back

                                                      Thanks for sharing this.

                                                      • RL R
                                                        RL R  3 years back

                                                        THIS IS AMAZING! It is the same combination King Roland had for the airlock in planet Druidia! and the same combination on President Skroob's luggage, lol

                                                        • HifiCentret
                                                          HifiCentret  3 years back

                                                          Besides if you have any uncovered holes just put in a bolt and on the inside put a new locking nut or just two nuts counter tightened so that when the outside of the bolt if turned the bolt just turns. But hey if you're that aware you're most likely not going to use that safe anyway.
                                                          Or hey perhaps you are. If you're smart you have a real safe hidden and a cheap one like that less hidden. So if a burglar stumbles on it first he use his time on that first or if home robber comes by and demanding you to give him all your valuables then you show him this safe - containing a few bucks, some silver jewelry and perhaps a few silver coins or whatever you can come up with seems plausible to be all there is to get here.

                                                          • HifiCentret
                                                            HifiCentret  3 years back

                                                            Even though you mount it it's still most likely made of pretty mild steel. Bring a battery powered hand drill and a rod and drill your own hole to push the button and you're in in less than 30 seconds. You can get decent safes that size (still requires mounting though because of size) but you're not getting them for pennies. They make use of hardened steel inserts to prevent drilling especially the vulnerable places and they use a much better locking mechanism. Typically the best of them use either a double bit lever key locking system or a mechanical or electronic combo just like the ones used in large "real" safes and bank vaults. The locks themselves are not cheap so even there we have a price point much higher.

                                                          • David Salinas
                                                            David Salinas  3 years back

                                                            Idiot try do that when the box are mounted

                                                            • NM Outdoors
                                                              NM Outdoors  3 years back

                                                              That's what you get for buying a low budget safe. I have a rifle gun safe from Honeywell and it's impossible to get in to without the passcode. Any build quality on a safe you got for $13 is going to suck

                                                              • Star Seed
                                                                Star Seed  3 years back

                                                                OMG! THANK YOU!
                                                                I forgot my pin code because I didnt use it for along time. You saved me money. Thanks :)

                                                                • Cleric775
                                                                  Cleric775  4 years back

                                                                  I'd recommend the Yale safes.

                                                                  • Cleric775
                                                                    Cleric775  3 years back

                                                                    Functionally and aesthetically ugly.

                                                                  • HifiCentret
                                                                    HifiCentret  3 years back

                                                                    So looks is more important than security?

                                                                  • Cleric775
                                                                    Cleric775  3 years back

                                                                    That safe above is ugly.

                                                                  • HifiCentret
                                                                    HifiCentret  3 years back

                                                                    Sure. But if only to keep your kids out a locked drawer is fine. This safe even kids can get into easier than an old drawer (the new ones has extremely easy to pick wafer locks - although you could equip them easily with a padlock). So most likely a safe for home use must stand up to minimum a regular burglar expecting no special conditions just want to take what he finds - cash, jewelry in the night drawer, whatever is easy to take so he'll not bring many specialized tools. A crowbar, perhaps a screwdriver or two and if really well equipped a battery powered drill. Which safe will he get into. Well if he knows how the Honeywell and a myriads of others with that style is constructed it's a simple matter of drilling a hole if he can't reach the behind or bottom holes.

                                                                  • Cleric775
                                                                    Cleric775  3 years back

                                                                    Depends on how valuable you keep in there and who do you want to keep out.

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                                                                  • R3gnier
                                                                    R3gnier  4 years back

                                                                    man I lost BOTH my keys and password, this saved my life, I'm crying of happiness. I love you man , THANKS

                                                                    • Harvey Melton
                                                                      Harvey Melton  4 years back

                                                                      or drill your own hole

                                                                      • Ila
                                                                        Ila  4 years back

                                                                        I bought one of these Honeywell safe boxes in Costco and regrettably mounted it in the wall. This piece of...... eats batteries like you would not believe. I change the batteries once a month and even then every time I want to get in, I have to use the keys because the batteries are flat...Welcome to more junk from Honeywell made in China

                                                                        • Streaming Iraq War Veteran

                                                                          The easy way to fix that problem is if you don't want to mount it just use some kind of thing like JB weld or something similar. When dry it is super hard

                                                                          • Streaming Iraq War Veteran
                                                                            Streaming Iraq War Veteran  4 years back

                                                                            that was the whole point of me saying that. so people could not push the  reset button.

                                                                          • Johnathan Berner
                                                                            Johnathan Berner  4 years back

                                                                            What? Yes I have. Fill the holes with J B weld that would stop people from just getting in easy.

                                                                          • Streaming Iraq War Veteran
                                                                            Streaming Iraq War Veteran  4 years back

                                                                            +Johnathan Berner I guess you have never used any thing like JB Weld before. Look it up

                                                                          • Johnathan Berner
                                                                            Johnathan Berner  4 years back

                                                                            +Streaming Iraq War Veteran Just fill the holes yeah lol

                                                                        • Dr. Jose Arturo Yáñez Espinosa

                                                                          Thank you very much, today i open my security safe. I recover my money!!! Very useful trick

                                                                          • Matthew Tang
                                                                            Matthew Tang  4 years back

                                                                            Do you have a recommendation for a economical pistol safe?

                                                                            • Kel Phillips
                                                                              Kel Phillips  4 years back

                                                                              Thanks Gear Obsession, you make a great point ... I also think its worth pointing that many of these "so called safes" are just tin boxes with a low grade digital lock, these safes are no match for a pinch bar or a cordless angle grinder

                                                                              • Muilisx
                                                                                Muilisx  4 years back

                                                                                This only works if 1) You have a metal rod like that and 2 ) if the person doesn't have it mounted. If the guy robbing you doesn't have one of those magically on him...he won't get in, and if it's bolted to the wall he won't be able to do that. Throw that rod out the window, and then try to do it. You have way too much time on your hands.

                                                                                • hansonsux
                                                                                  hansonsux  4 years back

                                                                                  Please loose the silly transitions. Distracting.

                                                                                  • woz Last
                                                                                    woz Last  4 years back

                                                                                    Ok man. Let me say something here. First of all, you just posted a video on how to hack the safe. And you wonder why people know how to do that. Well, you just posted a video on how to do that. That's pretty bad to say the least. Anyways, You have to take the safe off the mount first obviously. That's like posting a video saying, " ok folks, I'll show you how to get into a vehicle. Don't buy a car because, well, all you need is a rock to break the side window."

                                                                                    • Gargar Bad
                                                                                      Gargar Bad  1 years back

                                                                                      woz Last
                                                                                      so you basically asked him not to post a design flaw of a product so that people do not exploit it

                                                                                      well, what about making people know about this and not buying this safe instead?
                                                                                      or making people who already own it aware of its flaws and fix them?

                                                                                      trying to cover up information of something as a solution of its major flaw is pretty idiotic

                                                                                      moreover, this is totally incompareable to your car window analogy, you don't have to break anything here, learn to use logic

                                                                                    • Ed Galv
                                                                                      Ed Galv  3 years back

                                                                                      step one. hit the safe at the upper left side lined to the lock
                                                                                      step two. turn the handle to open at the same time you smack the safe
                                                                                      step tree. enjoy your new ipod, cash or whatever, you are welcome

                                                                                    • pioneerz450
                                                                                      pioneerz450  3 years back

                                                                                      This, a million times this! Finally!

                                                                                    • little ghost
                                                                                      little ghost  3 years back

                                                                                      What you're suggesting is called "security through obscurity", and it's been known for a long time that it simply doesn't work. It's better for one of the "good guys" to post a video warning consumers to protect their compromised safes, rather than this become common knowledge passed around among criminals or burglars, thereby making it easier to steal your valuables.

                                                                                      You are always safer with the knowledge being public information. This has been a tried and true strategy in computer security for decades. Any secret regarding security doesn't stay secret for long.

                                                                                    • Ashle Adam
                                                                                      Ashle Adam  4 years back

                                                                                      +Gear Obsession what store do you go to get that

                                                                                  • VapingWithMistaJ
                                                                                    VapingWithMistaJ  4 years back

                                                                                    There's a way to prevent that just get 4 nuts and bolts.

                                                                                    • Johnathan Berner
                                                                                      Johnathan Berner  4 years back

                                                                                      +DementedCaliber yeah lol dont even tighten the nut. Just half ass it. No one can grip it.

                                                                                  • RemoveThis Email
                                                                                    RemoveThis Email  5 years back

                                                                                    I used a knitting needle (wood) through one of the FOUR mounting holes (there are 4 on the bottom and 4 on the back). SHEESH.

                                                                                    • Alvin Barnes
                                                                                      Alvin Barnes  5 years back

                                                                                      As you said,anyone can look on Youtube and learn how to get into a simple safe.One guy opened a safe with a potato.It seems that not only is the easily reached reset button a weak spot,but the other weak spot on these safes is the solenoid spring which is a part of the switch(door lever).When a person slams on the top of the opening lever,the pressure from the hit makes the solenoid spring bounce.If you play wih the door lever while hitting the top of the safe,or the top of the lever,it will open.I learned that by watching about 8 Youtube videos showing just how unsafe these safes are.

                                                                                      • Michael Dilorenzo
                                                                                        Michael Dilorenzo  5 years back

                                                                                        theres a lot easier access which is guaranteed. All you have to do is hit the top in the middle with a fist while turning the black knob simultaneously. keep hitting while turning nob and it will just pop open. Works better if u hit top of safe while on carpet.

                                                                                        • Russell Bishop
                                                                                          Russell Bishop  4 years back

                                                                                          Got this for cheap as you did also. Of course you get what u pay for, but there are some things you can do to reinforce this safe. Hitting the top is due to a really cheap spring with barely any tension. This allows the steal pin to drop (the one the solenoid activates). Not sure yet if a stronger sprin will work but I am going to attempt it, if not I will mount under something that will remedy this hack. Also like you said mount it in a way that doesn't give access to the mountain holes. Also having a small safe does allow you to hide it much better which is probably best for this safe anyway. I was robbed and had this safe in the house, wasn't mounted but was hidden well and they didn't find it. I love your review because it does help those of us who did buy it protect ourselves a little better and keeps us from putting our most valuable items in it. Also don't go hitting the thing because the batteries could fall out and if u lost keys u will have to keep hitting it until it opens.

                                                                                        • Samantha Vanheemst
                                                                                          Samantha Vanheemst  4 years back

                                                                                          +Michael Dilorenzo i was actually reaaly surprised this worked!!! thanks for the useful tip (:

                                                                                        • Samantha Vanheemst
                                                                                          Samantha Vanheemst  4 years back

                                                                                          +Gear Obsession you think your ways does work?(it does only if u forgot YOUR combo) i just tried his and yes it does work. with your way, you have to know they combo to begin with which most people wouldnt. hence trying to get into a safe without the code. ive seen alot of dumb youtube videos and this is in my top 10. waaay to slow and over repetitive. doesnt make sence. id say get a new hobby (:

                                                                                        • Ryan Morris
                                                                                          Ryan Morris  4 years back

                                                                                          +Gear Obsession your fat dumb and this works. make a longer useless video next time. PS if you hit the red button you reset the code which im guess people don't want, as most are trying to get into a safe that's not theirs. Otherwise... they would have the code? lol

                                                                                        • Ryan Morris
                                                                                          Ryan Morris  4 years back

                                                                                          +Michael Dilorenzo Just tried this. Literally didn't give this comment any merit. My girlfriend walks over to the safe. smacks it and it opens... roflmfao. this works.