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Safe Anchoring

25.02.2017

Certification For A Safe Doesn't Apply If The Safe Isn't Anchored Correctly

It is a certification requirement under EN1143-1 that a safe is anchored with a holding force of 50kN (5.62 tons) for a safe up to grade III and 100kN (11.24 tons) over that grade. Holding forces that as you can imagine, rule out removing a safe without truly industrial levels of force that a burglar is highly unlikely to be able to provide.


  • If a safe hasn’t been anchored and fitted correctly the safe’s resistance to attack is compromised.
  • Incorrect fitting can also negatively impact a safe’s fire protection.
  • There is of course also the fact that an unbolted safe can often quite easily be removed from its location and attacked at a criminal’s leisure.

For all of these reasons and more an unbolted safe is not covered by insurance.

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  • Only a concrete floor or wall without any cracks is suitable for proper anchoring and anchoring must be directly to the concrete surface.
  • In the case of fire safes all unused anchoring holes must be sealed.

All the necessary materials for anchoring are usually delivered with a certified safe by the manufacturer and many safes also have an additional anchoring points in the rear wall of the unit.

  • For wall fitting, obstructions such as plasterboard must be removed for correct anchoring.
  • It is recommended that only a qualified safe installer fits a certified safe.

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Alan Redd Certified Safes Ireland NSAI

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. 

Alan’s expertise has been relied upon by;
N.A.T.O. Europe, The U.S. Air Force (Europe), PayPal (Worldwide), Grant Thornton, The Department Of Communications (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, Druids Glen, The Shelbourne, 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).

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