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Cork Burglary Highlights Safe Misrepresentation Issue
After a burglary in Cork City resulted in a large amount of cash stolen, An Garda Síochána (Irish Police) and Cork Business Association highlight the need for both business and homeowners to check their safes and ensure that they are in possession of a certified “Safe” (EN1143-1) and not a "Secure Safe Cabinet" (EN14450), a unit that has no rating for insurance cover in the Republic of Ireland.
An Garda Siochana also highlight the importance of ensuring that any certification plate that appears on a home or business safe is from a European body accredited to ISO/IEC17065 to certify burglary resistance. This will usually be indicated on the unit’s certification plate.
LPCB - The Loss Prevention Certification Board (UK) is not and has never been accredited to certify safes (according to UKAS) although such units have been heavily marketed, particularly in the Cork area, as having an equivalence to accredited European certification. If you consider that 70% of safes that are tested by accredited European testing labs fail on the first attempt, the implication of an unaccredited "certification" plate that claims to comply with European standards is obvious.