I have my electricity meter reading inside this box, which I am unable to open. Any idea how to open this?

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    A better photo of the actual lock would be helpful.
    – isherwood
    Dec 26, 2016 at 16:17

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You buy a utility-key (AKA services cabinet key) or poke around with needle-nosed pliers

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The X shaped metal tool (four-way utility-key) has four different key shapes commonly used. It also has a useful plastic adapter for hex drive and a two-ended flat/phillips bit.

The keys shown in my photo work on both gas and electric meter boxes in the UK, you can buy them in most hardware/DIY shops.

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