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Checking a safe for accredited European certification of burglary resistance


Accredited European certification is the basis for all insurance rate recommendations for safes in Europe, providing a legal proof of standard of burglary resistance for safes designed to protect cash, jewellery, and other valuables to European Standards, EN1143-1 (Safes) and EN1143-2 (Deposit Safes). Additionally, European Standard EN15659 (Light Fire Standard) and EN1047-1 (Data Standard) provide a legal proof of standard for all regulatory requirements related to the secure storage of documents and physical data under European law.

The ultimate protection against misrepresentation, when there is a need to ensure a proof of standard for the storage of cash, jewellery, gold, watch collections, important documents or data, anything less than accredited European certification and the documented assurance it provides can leave an organisation or consumer vulnerable.

The European accreditation system for safe, physical data and strongroom testing and certification bodies is backed by regular auditing and market surveillance to ensure impartiality, non-discriminatory conditions, and structural requirements in compliance with EU Parliament regulation 765/2008, the systems legal basis.

If you consider that 70% of safes tested for burglary resistance by accredited European testing labs fail on the first attempt, the practical implications of accepting unaccredited claims of burglary or fire resistance are obvious.


No connection between the fire resistance and burglary resistance of a safe


A common myth regarding the fire resistance of safes circulated to insurers and consumers is that there is some connection between the grade of a safe and its resistance to fire. This myth has become so pervasive it has not only been repeated in on-line articles, but far more surprisingly, via accredited insurance industry seminars.

A safe, cabinet or strongroom that has been certified to protect paper documents (EN15659) or data (EN1047-1) from fire, will always have a stamped metal plate on the inside of its door. An accredited fire resistance certification will always be indicated separately from the burglary resistance certification a safe, strongroom or cabinet, (EN1143-1) (EN14450), while some units may be intended for fire resistance only.

Under European law, without properly accredited certification of fire resistance, a secure storage unit can only be considered to have a small level of fire resistance related to its material composition regardless of what a supplier, unaccredited fire resistance mark, article or seminar may say otherwise.


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Certified Safes Ireland™ in-house advisor on keeping jewellery, watch collections, goods, cash, documents and data, safe, secure, yet readily accessible, is Alan Donohoe Redd.

Alan Redd Certified Safes Ireland NSAI

Alan Donohoe Redd is a member of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) Working Group responsible for writing European Standards for safes, strongrooms (vaults), secure cabinets and physical data protection for the European Union and a member of the U.S. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standards Technical Panel TC72 covering standards for fire resistance of record protection devices. Alan is also 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 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. 

An expert on standards and fraud issues related to secure storage in Europe, the UK and the use of asbestos in European safe and cabinet manufacturing, Alan 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 and has been pivotal in having misleading standards and practices recognised and withdrawn in Ireland, the UK and at a European level.

Alan's seminars on safes, strongrooms and high net worth 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).

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 Alan's expertise has been relied on by:

N.A.T.O. Europe, The U.S. Air Force (Europe), The National Treasury Management Agency (Ireland), The Department Of Communications (NCSC Cyber Security) (Ireland), The Revenue Commissioners, Electricity Supply Board (Cyber Security) (Ireland), The Danish Defence Forces (Afghanistan), PayPal (Worldwide), Grant Thornton, 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 ....