The Irish Safes Ratings Group (ISRG) maintains and updates expert guidance to the recommended insurance rates of cash and jewellery cover for certified safes, strong rooms and secure cabinets conforming to European standards EN14450, EN1143-1, EN1143-2, for the Republic of Ireland. ISRG rates are the considered assessment of senior risk managers working with major insurance companies in Ireland. The work has been observed by the National Standards Authority of Ireland, The Private Security Authority of Ireland and has been assisted by the European Security Systems Association (ESSA) and the European Certification Board (ECB-S). Similar groups are to be found in most European countries.
The Irish Safes Rating Group inaugural meeting was held on the 18th of May 2016 at 12 Merrion Square Dublin 2. The group was formed at the request of ESSA (The European Security Systems Association) to make and periodically update recommended insurance ratings related to the overnight cash cover for certified safes, strong rooms and secure cabinets. EN14450, EN1143-1, EN1143-2.
Inaugural meeting attendees were;
Insurance rates for safes are published for most European countries and are a helpful guide, usually sourced directly from the insurance industry, for clients in choosing a safe appropriate to a given risk. The recommended amounts related display for each certified grade of safe in relation to cash and jewellery cover are for indicative purposes only. Actual insurance cover is subject to approval by an insurer on a case-by-case basis, so before investing in any safe it is important to consult your insurance provider beforehand however it is the client’s responsibility to ensure that the grade or specification of safe chosen is properly certified.
Inflated Insurance Rates
Many safe suppliers continue to advertise inflated insurance rates for safes on sale in Ireland that are neither conversions of U.K. Sterling rates nor I.S.R.G. rates. To make matters worse, EN14450 "Secure Cabinets", products which are not safes, are frequently presented as both being "safes" and having ratings, a practice that is quite widespread. In all cases, fictitious insurance rates for cabinets and safes are presented as being achievable without the need for an intruder alarm installed on the premises where the safe is fitted. An idea that would never be entertained by any Irish risk manager, or any insurance organisation for that matter.
Documentation And Certification
A reputable safe supplier will always provide accredited certification documents for a safe and the safe will have a certification plate which can be located on the inside of the safe’s door. This will always be a stamped metal plate, never a sticker. 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. Look for an ISO/IEC17065 accreditation noted on the document and on the safe’s certification plate.
Rates And Cover
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.
|Amounts in €1000 units
Contents cover is five times cash rating
|Grade||Standard||Type||Cash||Jewellery / Contents|
|S1||EN 14450||Secure Cabinet||NA||NA|
|S2||EN 14450||Secure Cabinet||NA||NA|
|I||EN 1143-1 / EN 1143-2||Safe / Deposit Safe||€12,500.00||€62,500.00|
|II||EN 1143-1 / EN 1143-2||Safe / Deposit Safe||€25,000.00||€125,000.00|
|III||EN 1143-1 / EN 1143-2||Safe / Deposit Safe||€50,000.00||€250,000.00|
|IV||EN 1143-1 / EN 1143-2||Safe / Deposit Safe||€90,000.00||€450,000.00|