Private Client Safes And Ancillary Services
Safes For The Private Client
From the most basic of home safe requirements to protecting fine art objects, high-end jewellery and gold bullion, Certified Safes Ireland™ employ the same expertise and attention to detail to ensure your home safe provides the security, peace of mind and insurance cover you require.
Certified Safes Ireland™ specification, design and installation team are qualified specialists who can integrate a safe seamlessly into your home or business in complete confidentially and to the highest standards. We make the unauthorised physical removal of our safes virtually impossible, and have the knowledge and expertise to integrate all our certified safes with a variety of advanced, certified, EN50131 compliant alarm signalling devices.
Certified Safes Ireland™ are uniquely qualified to survey your premises and find a location that allows the correct installation of your safe to European standards. With over 35 years of experience Certified Safes Ireland™ managing director Alan Donohoe Redd is a NATO contractor and a member of the European CEN263 Working Group responsible for writing European Standards for safes, strong rooms, secure cabinets and physical data protection for the European Union. Surveys are free of charge, without obligation and entirely confidential. We also have extensive experience installing safes both large and small into premises of the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, common in Ireland, and we are regularly referred by architects, insurers and wealth managers who appreciate the knowledge of structure and attention to detail required when fitting a safe into an older and sometimes protected structure.
Home Safe Alarm And Electronics Integration
The addition of electronic monitoring devices such as seismic sensors and emergency facilities such as duress signalling is a relatively low-cost affair for most home safes. A wide range of electronic monitoring, signalling and anti-tamper devices are easily fitted to, or already integrated into, many of the certified electronic safe locks available on the market.
Once your safe has been correctly anchored to achieve 50kN (5.08Ton), for all intent and purposes it is an immovable object without truly industrial levels of force. A seismic sensor for example, will detect prising, cutting, drilling and heat attacks, but is not triggered by normal everyday use of the safe. What is particularly convenient about a seismic sensor is it is tamper proof and works 24/7 even when an alarm system is switched off.
With so many tested and certified alarm integration devices made for safes, EN50131 (alarm standard) compliant integration of a home safe can be easy, and low cost, while greatly increasing overall security and reducing risk for you and your insurer.
In The Video Below The Alarm Integration Of A Grade III Home Safe Is Discussed:
European Documentation And Certification
All Certified Safes Ireland™ safes and strongrooms have at least one certification plate which can be located on the inside of the door. This is always a stamped metal plate displaying the logo of an accredited certification body such as VdS, ECB-S, CNPP or SBSC, never a sticker. Always look for ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation noted on any safe or strongroom certification plate (example below). There are unfortunately many examples of unaccredited bodies and manufacturers issuing badges that look remarkably similar to genuine accredited certification, LPCB (UK) being a familiar example, but such marks will always be missing the ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation notation.
Accredited European certification is verifiable assurance that a safe, fire safe or data cabinet has been tested and certified under European law. Proof of standard for insurance, GDPR and litigation purposes. As an indication of just how rigorous testing conditions under the European accredited testing regime are, roughly 70% of safes tested under it will fail on their first attempt.
Accredited certification documents for your secure storage will always be provided and all details will match the safe or strongrooms certification plate.
• Certified Safes Ireland™ will ensure that all paperwork, certification and compliance documents are in order and provided to you when work is complete, providing legal proof of standard now and into the future.
Warning On Approvals From UK Bodies
There are a range of UK bodies whose approvals and certifications are regularly mistaken for accredited certification of burglary resistance. Principally these are:
The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), a UK organisation that has never been an accredited certification body for the burglary resistance of safes in Europe yet have issued certification badges in a similar format as properly accredited certification bodies for many years. Notably however an ISO/IEC17065 accreditation which will be present on an accredited certification badge is absent on LPCB badges. The fact that LPCB claim to certify their own tests also runs counter to any norms in Europe where both the tester and the certifier are required to be independent bodies.
The Association of Insurance Surveyors (AIS), a U.K. organisation who do not claim to be a certification body but have nevertheless taken it upon themselves to produce a list of "approved safes" and make recommendations for insurance covers that they consider suitable for the Republic of Ireland but oddly not the rest of Europe.
Sold Secure, owned by the UK's Master Locksmiths Association, Sold Secure says on its website that it is "the premier testing and certification house" for a range of security products that includes safes, despite being completely unaccredited to either test or certify, even in the UK.
Safe Delivery And Anchoring
Certified Safes Ireland™ have the experience, training, and depth of knowledge of European standards for safes and alarm integration to address all client concerns in a manner that does not compromise quality, security, aesthetic or structural considerations. Our extensive experience installing safes both large and small into premises of the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, common in Ireland, is the reason we are referred by architects, insurers and wealth managers who appreciate our knowledge of structure and attention to detail when fitting a safe into an older and sometimes protected structure.
• Professional Anchoring
Certification is void for a safe not anchored correctly and there are many examples most insurers will be familiar with of a “safe” being removed from a premises because it was not anchored correctly if at all. It is a certification requirement under EN1143-1 that a safe is anchored and this should be done in a manner designed to achieve at least a holding force of 50kN (5.089 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.
• Moving A Safe After Install
If you ever need to move your safe, the concrete anchor securing your safe can be accessed from the inside of the safe. If a certified safe needs to be moved to another location, as long as the anchor can be accessed from the inside of the safe, it can be unbolted and lifted off the anchor. The anchor itself is usually impossible to remove so must be cut and the the anchor hole filled, but this is not a difficult job for a trained safe technician.
Remember: Always ask for a certificate of anchorage to protect everyone’s interests.
• Confidential Delivery And Data Anonymisation
Our safes are always delivered at a time and date that suits you and will arrive in an unmarked vehicle. The safe itself is packaged in black plastic. You can rest assured that as all of our work is covered by non-disclosure. Certified Safes Ireland™ guarantee the confidentiality of all of our clients. Any photos taken for survey purposes have location data removed and are erased directly after use. All booking records and client information pertaining to completed work is anonymised across all of our systems at the end of each month in compliance with the GDPR.
• Ancillary Services
Certified Safes Ireland™ is part of the ICS Group, a group of NATO registered contractors also fully licensed in Ireland for all electrical, intruder alarm, CCTV, access control, fire suppression, fine art protection and monitoring activities.
Irish Safes Ratings (ISRG)
Some insurers may decide that a higher cover is warranted based on their risk assessment, some may decide the specification of the safe is not adequate or may insist on various types of monitoring. For higher levels of cover a certain amount of negotiation is to be expected and additional measures may be required to mitigate risk. The rates shown below presume a monitored intruder alarm is installed. It is not hard to encounter rates that differ from the indicative rates shown as unfortunately there are many safe suppliers, some well known, that invent higher rates to attract business. It is often the case that displaying false rates is an indication of more serious issues with a supplier who does so.
Recommended insurance amounts Secure cabinets EN14450 – Safes EN 1143-1
|Amounts in €1000 units
Contents cover is five times cash rating
|S1||EN 14450||Secure Cabinet||NA||NA|
|S2||EN 14450||Secure Cabinet||NA||NA|
- Recommended amounts are for indicative purposes only and are subject to approval by the insurer on a case by case basis
- NA – Not advised