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Call Us: + 353 (01) 7076011

  • About Us
  • Contact Us
  • Guide To European Certification
  • Insurance Rates (ISRG)
  • Help For Insurers
  • Advice Videos
  • Lock Videos
  • Testimonials
  • Blog

What Certified Safes Ireland™ Offers

Certified Safes Ireland™ offers homeowners, businesses, state bodies and insurers, the very best advice on keeping jewellery, watch collections, goods, cash, and data secure, offering expertly installed solutions backed by accredited European certificationAccredited European certification is the basis for all insurance rate recommendations for safes in Europe, the most important factor in maintaining adequate insurance cover for a safe long term, as well as providing a legal proof of standard under European law for all regulatory requirements related to the secure storage of physical data

Regardless the size of your requirement Certified Safes Ireland™ will address your needs with an expertly installed European accredited certified solution, providing long term peace of mind and a verifiable legal proof of standardbacked by properly accredited documentation.

 How is this different?

Unfortunately, major safe supply companies, manufacturers, and local suppliers in the safe and secure storage sector, continue to fudge and misrepresent issues related to accredited certification of burglary resistance, fire testing and installation standards, to sell sub-standard or even dangerous products, which are more profitable for them, but can lead to disaster long-term for their clients.

Misrepresentation can take many forms, some of the most frequent being:

  • Selling “Secure Cabinets EN14450” while misrepresenting them as “Safes”.
  • Selling safes with unaccredited certification marks which have no legal proof of standard.
  • Advertising inflated or baseless insurance rates for safes or cabinets.
  • Selling "fire-proof” safes or cabinets that have no proven fire resistance whatsoever.
  • Selling pre-2005 second-hand safes, many of which should be presumed to contain asbestos.


Expert Advice

Qualified expert advice is critical

Certified Safes Ireland™ in-house advisor on keeping jewellery, watch collections, goods, cash and data, safe, secure, yet readily accessible is Alan Donohoe Redd.

Alan Redd Certified Safes Ireland NSAI

Alan is a member of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) 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 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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 Our expertise has been relied on by:

N.A.T.O. Europe, The U.S. Air Force (Europe), The National Treasury Management Agency (Ireland), The Department Of Communications (NCSC Cyber Security) (Ireland), The Revenue Commissioners, Electricity Supply Board (Cyber Security) (Ireland), The Danish Defence Forces (Afghanistan), PayPal (Worldwide), Grant Thornton, 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 ....


Products Properly Certified To European Standards For Burglary & Fire Resistance


All Certified Safes Ireland™ safes, cabinets, data cabinets, fire safes and strongrooms are backed by accredited European certification, providing a legal proof of standard under European law. Accredited European certification and proper installation are the most important factors in maintaining insurance cover long term, as well as being the basis for all insurance rate recommendations for safes and strong rooms throughout Europe.

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EU Parliament regulation 765/2008 created the system that provides the legal basis of accreditation for the burglary resistance certification of safes and cabinets to:

  • European standard EN1143-1, the burglary resistance certification for safes
  • European standard EN14450, the burglary resistance certification for cabinets
  • European standard EN15659 the protection of paper documents from fire
  • European standard EN1047-1 the protection of data from fire

These are the logos of the four certification bodies with accreditation to ISO IEC17065 to certify safes to European standards you will most likely encounter on a genuine certification plate in Ireland.

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The ultimate protection against misrepresentation and a legal proof of standard of burglary and fire resistance, accredited European certification is the most important factor in maintaining insurance cover long term, as well as being the basis for all insurance rate recommendations in Europe. When there is a need to ensure regulatory compliance, for the storage of important legal documents or data, anything less than accredited European certification and the legal proof of standard it provides can leave an organisation or individual vulnerable. European accredited certification for safes and strongrooms is backed by regular auditing, market surveillance and is verifiable, proof of standard for both insurance and litigation purposes.

If you consider that 70% of safes tested for burglary resistance by accredited European testing labs fail on the first attempt the practical implications of accepting unaccredited claims of burglary or fire resistance are also obvious.


Professional Surveys

Home and business surveys are free of charge

Home or business surveys are free of charge, without obligation and entirely confidential. We have years of experience installing everything from small home safes to some of the largest safes available into businesses and homes. We have particular expertise when it comes to buildings built in Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras, common in Ireland and are regularly referred by architects, insurers and wealth managers who appreciate the knowledge of structure and diligence required when fitting a safe into an older and sometimes protected structure.

Safe Install Survey


Safes Anchored To EN1143-1

 50kN minimum installation

EN1143-1 certification is void for a safe that has not been anchored but some safe installers' idea of what constitutes “anchoring” can differ wildly from others. The benchmark for the correct anchoring of a certified safe is a replication of the laboratory test anchoring force. This means an anchor designed to achieve 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 rule out removing a safe under most circumstances. 

All certified safes come with a bolt suitable for achieving these anchoring forces, so it is really down to the installer of the safe being familiar with the correct anchoring method. As with certification, always ask for a certificate of anchorage with the anchoring force the installation was designed to achieve indicated on the document. If an installer can not tell you how such anchoring forces are to be achieved this should be a red flag.

ISRG declaration

For all Certified Safes Ireland™ installations a conformity of anchorage declaration is available to both client and insurer noting the level of anchorage conformity as it refers to European standard EN1143-1 specifications. 

Anchoring A Small Safe


Prepared For Alarm Integration

 Alarm cable track and seismic sensor mounting preparation as standard

An increasing number of people now choose to link a home safe directly with an intruder alarm system with the use of seismic sensors and to a lesser extent duress being the most popular options. Even if you do not intend to do this straight away, or your insurance company has not requested this integration, it is always a good idea to make sure the home safe and locking device you choose is prepared for intruder alarm, seismic sensor, and duress to future proof your investment. Many rudimentary safes on the market have no such preparation. With the exception of some of our smallest safes, most of our home and business safes come with certified alarm cable tracks and seismic sensor mounting preparation as standard. An alarm cable track can also be quite useful for running watch winder and interior lighting cables.

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Protecting Your Confidentiality

We understand the need for confidentiality

It may be hard to believe but it is not uncommon to come across photographs of the houses, locations and even the faces of private clients posted to the social media accounts of safe suppliers, installers, and well-known safe companies in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the UK. Even if it were the case that a private client allowed such revealing photographs to be circulated, there is no reason it should ever happen. It is also quite remarkable that many businesses think it is perfectly acceptable to openly deliver a safe to a private client in a vehicle with advertising livery for safe supply on the side.

As Government and NATO contractors Certified Safes Ireland™ understand the need for confidentiality and will always respect yours. We guarantee the confidentiality of all of our private clients. Any photos taken for survey purposes have location data removed and are erased directly after use unless directed otherwise by the client. 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 G.D.P.R

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