In Europe a properly certified deposit safe should always display a certification badge to standard EN1143-2. This badge means that both the safe and the deposit system have been tested in an accredited laboratory against attack and manipulation and the result of that testing has been verified by an independent accredited European certification body.
When a pneumatic tube or capsule deposit is fitted to any certified safe, the safe can no longer be treated as a certified unit as its barrier material has been extensively breached. A 65mm hole, which is the standard pneumatic capsule deposit size, is large enough to easily remove capsules without attacking the safe itself. Therefore, any pneumatic deposit "safe" should only be treated as a temporary storage or capsule reception device. Any accredited certification badge present on a safe prior to it being modified for pneumatic capsule transfer should be removed as the modified unit is at this point no longer intact and therefore void of certification. Needless to say, no safe fitted with a pneumatic capsule deposit system has an overnight cash rating. Suppliers of these systems should inform the client of these facts prior to purchase. Be informed, know the risks, protect your business.
Certified Safes Ireland™ director Alan Donohoe Redd is a member of the European CEN263 Working Group responsible for writing European Standards for safes, strongrooms (vaults), secure cabinets and physical data protection for the European Union. A registered NATO supplier and a longstanding member of the European Security Systems Association, Alan has a vast range of experience spanning almost 40 years and encompassing installation of safes, strongrooms, physical data protection, CCTV, alarms, access control, secure storage control systems and Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) specification, design, and installation.
Alan is an expert on standards and fraud issues related to secure storage in Europe and the UK, has had articles related to these subjects published by The Law Society Gazette and Irish Broker Magazine, has forced retractions of multiple false claims related to secure storage offerings to the public, including some published by the Irish Times, and has been pivotal in having misleading standards and practises recognised and withdrawn in Ireland, the UK and at a European level.
N.A.T.O. Europe, The U.S. Air Force (Europe), PayPal (Worldwide), Grant Thornton, The Department Of Communications (NCSC Cyber Security) (Ireland), The Revenue Commissioners, Electricity Supply Board (Cyber Security) (Ireland), The Danish Defence Forces (Afghanistan), The Insurance Institute of Ireland, The Royal College Of Surgeons, BFC Bank, Interxion Data Centres, The Private Security Authority, Isle of Man Gold Bullion, Brown Thomas, Bvlgari, Boodles, Druids Glen, The Shelbourne Hotel, and many others ....
Alan's seminars on safes, strongrooms and HNW secure storage have been part of Continuing Professional Development for underwriters and insurers having been awarded CPD points by the Insurance Institute of Ireland and the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK).
Due Diligence Notes
Contrary to what many people may believe the profession of "Locksmith" has long been recognised as one almost completely separate from the supply and installation of safes and strongrooms in the E.U. With most insurers and An Garda Síochána (Irish Police) advising against the use of mechanical locks on safes due to the ease of opening via non-invasive manipulation, the last connection between these two professions is quickly disappearing. There are exceptions to every rule, and a locksmith may have the necessary knowledge to correctly specify, survey for, and anchor a certified safe, however, most locksmiths have very little knowledge in relation to European standards for safes and The Private Security Authority (PSA) does not require any qualifications to issue a locksmith license.
Ireland and the UK are notorious black spots for fraud and misrepresentation in the safe supply sector. In 2021 and 2022 two well-known safe suppliers in Ireland were found guilty of fraud. One supplier had already spent time in jail, the other is still the official, "chairman" of a safe supplier organisation that claims to represent Irish safe suppliers. Both individuals are still working in the safe supply business and are advertising on the internet. These prosecutions represent just the tip of an iceberg of malpractice and illegal activity throughout the safe supply industry, so we strongly encourage due diligence before engaging a safe supplier or having someone survey your home or business, irrespective of who recommends them.