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The EN14450 "Safe" Loophole Is Removed

Posted by   Alan Redd
09.08.2021
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EN14450 Safe Cabinet

The EN14450 "Safe" Loophole Is Removed

The word “Safe,” used by unscrupulous suppliers to mislead thousands of consumers into buying a “Secure Cabinet” instead of an actual “Safe,” has now officially been removed from the English language version of European Standard EN14450Secure Safe Cabinets”.


The Vote In Europe:


The proposal for amendment to EN14450 was put forward by Certified Safes Ireland™ managing director Alan Donohoe Redd, acting as an NSAI expert. Votes in favour were Ireland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. Sweden voted no but in favour of a total revision in November 2022. Other European members abstained.


Background:


“Secure Safe Cabinets" are not Safes, but somehow when the standard was introduced in Europe in 2005 the word “Safe” found its way into the English version of the standard despite making no literal sense. The German or Austrian version of the same standard had no such anomaly.

Unfortunately, the inclusion of the word “Safe” in the English version of the standard was viewed as a “loophole” by some suppliers who went on to mislead consumers and insurers on a truly industrial scale. Safe suppliers, even very well-known ones, went on to extensively market EN14450 "Secure Cabinets" as Safes, particularly as “Home Safes”.

This makes sense from a business perspective if you do not mind mislabelling a product. Secure Cabinets are cheaper to produce, light and more easily transported, easier to fit, and overall ideal for low-cost delivery by couriers. The only problem is that EN14450 Cabinets are not even close to being Safes.

In European laboratories Certified Safes (EN1143-1) are tested against range of over 200 tools including the heaviest power tools and thermic lances. EN14450 Secure Cabinets on the other hand are only tested against a range of light “hand tools”. Even so, the result of such tests is that a Secure Cabinet’s survivability against "hand tools" is a fraction of that of the lowest grade of Certified Safe against professional power tools.

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This is why S1, and S2 Secure Cabinets have no insurance rating in Ireland and most of Europe yet if you were to Google “Safes” today, a vast number of search results described as “Safes” will be S1 & S2Secure Cabinets”, many claiming ratings for cash and a jewellery as high as €50,000 overnight.


What This Means In The Real World:


In June 2010, a German study looked at 149 cases of burglary where the victim had reported that they had a “Safe” on their premises. 50% of the “Safes” in the study had been stolen according to police data, however, as the weight of the units was recorded, we know that 50% of the “Safes” in total were very likely “Secure Cabinets” and not Safes at all.

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