By only supplying safes and strongrooms that align with European standards we feel that we are future proofing our clients against an inevitable alignment of legislation with the rest of Europe as well as providing certified safes and strongrooms, that due to the cash and jewellery rating attributed to their grades, can double as facilities for the insured protection of amounts of cash and other valuables.
All of our Austrian, German and Scandinavian manufactured gun safes and strongrooms have the highest level of accredited European certification available and we are diligent in ensuring that any alarm and electronics integration options we provide have the highest possible level of accredited certification to comply with specified standards for panic alarm, duress, and emergency response. Accredited certified burglary resistance is your best possible defence against having valuable firearms stolen, which apart from the cost, disruption and embarrassment such a loss may cause, can present serious challenges to maintaining your firearms license.
Certified Gun Safes & Gun Rooms
Ireland’s Contradictory Firearms Regulations: S.I. No. 646 of 2017 came into effect in 2019 and required firearms dealers to have a "manufactured steel door” ”to fulfil the requirements of EN1627” or an "equivalent". It is also required that the door to the “strong room” is fitted with a time lock.
The first problem is European standard EN1627 is for a pedestrian door not a strong room door. EN1627 testing only uses light tools, the heaviest being a 14v cordless drill, as these “Pedestrian Door Sets” are intended for home or office use. As for the requirement for a time lock, EN1627 doors are obviously not designed to accommodate time locks and won't.
On the other hand, gun safes certified EN1143-1 not only provide tested and certified gun storage but can also provide certified fire resistance for ammunition and are designed for time locks, yet no provision for this certified method of secure storage is contained in the regulations. The result is that firearms dealers all over Ireland are now cobbling together time locks, DIY steel doors and rooms and hoping such efforts pass as an “equivalent” to these ill-conceived and contradictory regulations.
Tested And Certified In Germany
The latest regulation for gun rooms in Ireland stipulate not only a certified strong room door but a time lock. All our vault doors have been extensively tested by VdS laboratories (loss prevention association) in Cologne and are acknowledged all over Europe as among the best in the world.
The quality of all our vault doors comes from many years of experience in design and production for the international banking industry. State of the art electronic access systems and alarm connections can be intergrated during production.
The doors are available from grade II to grade XII under the EN1143-1 European standard and can be supplied with additional diamond core drill resistance.
All our doors can be fitted with options such as time lock, dual control, duress and audit.
For further information please contact one of our technical experts who will guide you through the process of choosing the right vault door to suit your specific purposes.
All doors can be supplied in customised sizes.
Standard size: 1960mm High x 910mm Wide
Entry level. Grade II - weight 792Kg
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. Well-known safe suppliers being penalised for tax evasion and having served time in jail are just some indications of a wide range of malpractice and illegal activity throughout the safe supply industry. We strongly encourage due diligence before engaging a safe supplier or having someone survey your home or business, irrespective of who recommends them.