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Advice Videos

Buying A Safe For Commercial Use (Video)

Buying a correctly certified safe for commercial use while avoiding the pitfalls of supplier fraud and misrepresentation can be a complicated task.

There are a wide range of "certificates" or "approvals" available from official sounding bodies but there are only a handful of bodies who have the required European accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 for certifying safes in Europe. This video aims to outline some important aspects of buying a correctly certified safe suitable for commercial use.

Buying A Safe For Home Use (Video)

Buying a correctly certified safe for home use while avoiding the pitfalls of supplier fraud and misrepresentation can be a complicated task.

There are a wide range of "certificates" or "approvals" available from official sounding bodies but there are only a handful of bodies who have the required European accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 for certifying safes in Europe. This video aims to outline some important aspects of buying a correctly certified safe suitable for home use.

The Death Of The Uncertified Second-Hand Safe (Video)

The second-hand safe market in Ireland is quite lucrative for a great many unscrupulous people who in many cases have no consideration for their client’s needs or wellbeing.

We discuss the dangers associated with buying second hand including the prevalence of asbestos in many uncertified second-hand safes.

Always ensure if you are buying a second hand safe that the safe bears properly accredited European certification and that you know where it came from.

Why Underfloor Safes Are A Bad Idea (Video)

Under floor Safes are experiencing a resurgence in popularity recently. Units in a large range of designs have become available very cheaply to the trade.

As the main cost of an underfloor safe is labour in fitting, selling an underfloor safe is a very profitable proposition to many suppliers but there are also many problems and dangers associated with underfloor safes that aren't advertised.

EN14450 "Secure Safe Cabinets" Are Not Safes (Video)

The EN14450 "Secure Safe Cabinet" standard makes it clear that these units are not certified safes yet these units are often marketed by unscrupulous dealers as "safes" with unsubstantiated cash covers often mentioned.

The European “Secure Safe Cabinet” standard EN11450 was introduced in Europe in 2005 and was intended as a standard for secure cabinets mainly for items other than cash used in a domestic setting. This standard was only developed to assure a user of these units that the locking mechanism and construction were consistent with the most basic needs of secure storage.

Pneumatic Cash Transfer - The Sales Pitch Vs Reality (Video)

When a pneumatic tube or capsule deposit is fitted to any certified safe, the safe can no longer be treated as a certified unit as its barrier material has been extensively breached. A 65 mm hole, which is the standard pneumatic capsule deposit size, is large enough to easily remove capsules without attacking the safe itself.

Deposit Safe Fraud (Video)

When a pneumatic tube, capsule deposit, rotary trap or letter slot is fitted to any certified safe, the safe can no longer be treated as a certified unit as its barrier material has been extensively breached.

Despite this fact many unscrupulous safe suppliers claim that a safe certified EN1143-1 remains certified even after this kind of major alteration has occurred and will also claim that the altered unit also maintains its’ cash rating. This kind of intentional deception is fraud.

Key Vs Digital Safe Locks (Video)

If it is possible to access a mechanical safe or vault lock by non invasive manipulation and in doing so leave no trace of entry then how can this lock type by definition be called secure?

A key is basically a shaped piece of metal that anyone can use to open your safe or vault. It doesn’t restrict access or know who uses it and can be copied even from a photograph now more easily than ever.

Inflated Insurance Rates (Video)

Many safe suppliers are advertising inflated insurance rates for safes on sale in Ireland. To do this could legitimately be viewed as fraud, yet the practice is quite widespread.

To make matters worse, in almost all cases, these fictitious insurance rates 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.

Asbestos In Second Hand & Legacy Safes (Video)

safes and fire cabinets for a legal magazine it is now obvious that safes and fire-resistant cabinets containing asbestos are common on the second-hand market in Ireland and are present in countless businesses across the country. Most of these units are being used by unsuspecting clients and office staff who are risking exposure to asbestos fibres on a daily basis.

GDPR Paper Files A Common Oversight (Video)

This compliance goal of the GDPR clearly can't be achieved if physical keys are being used to control access to data cabinets, filing cabinets etc. Even if it were possible to track the use of physical keys, keeping unencrypted logs or paper records of who uses these keys is completely impractical, prone to inaccuracy and manipulation, not to mention the fact that the access logs themselves would become a GDPR issue.

Locksmith Licence - Clarification Regarding Safes (Video)

With the exception of safe key cutting, the profession of locksmith is completely separate from that of suppliers of certified safes and vaults.

Modern safe and vault locking systems are almost exclusively electronic and would have more in common with advanced access control than the skills one would associate with the locksmith profession. Where a mechanical lock is used it would normally be re-programmable which negates the need for key cutting completely. This fact has been openly acknowledged by the Private Security Authority (Ireland) who currently have a separate license standard for “Locksmiths” and will issue a separate “Safe Suppliers” standard in the near future.

Bogus Safe Rating Lists (Video)

A European testing and certification system has been in place for safes since 1998 and all properly certified safes are clearly marked. Despite this fact "safe rating lists" are still in circulation in the insurance industry in Ireland that proport to provide overnight cash cover ratings for safes by manufacturer or model name.

In the majority of cases this information is both incorrect and highly misleading. As most (if not all) of these “safe rating lists” contain a great many untested and uncertified safes, the most obvious reason for such documents’ existence is to circumvent the established safe rating system in Ireland which is based on accredited European certification. The legally recognised European system of safe certification is transparent to scrutiny and simple to understand. As safes ratings in almost all European countries are dependent on the accredited certified grade of each safe, a ratings list for safes has long been completely unnecessary and can have no legitimate purpose in the Republic of Ireland.

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