All Safes Certifications Are Not Accredited In Europe
All safe certifications are not necessarily accredited in the E.U. Fraud and misrepresentation are widespread in the safes and vault industry in Ireland particularly through E-commerce sites so it really is a case of buyer beware!
Why Are A Sellers Qualifications Important?
There are plenty of web sites, companies and individuals in the market who have no hesitation in calling themselves safe and vault experts if it helps sales but why is it important that you get advice and equipment from a qualified technician or consultant?
The answer is simple.
Because insurance companies insure your safe or vault based on the information you give them. In the event of a robbery a claim can be declared void if is found that this information is incorrect. In our experience if a claim is declared void or reduced significantly the fault is nearly always with the information provided to the insurance company by the client or the safe or vault supplier. As the risk in the goods usually passes to the client who purchases the safe or vault the supplier can't usually be held liable unless they state something which is not true.
To be fair to the insurance industry it is not their responsibility to ensure you buy from qualified professionals.
The Warning Signs For New And Second Hand Safes
There are many "marketing techniques" used by safe suppliers both big and small to sell cheaper uncertified units rather than properly certified safes.
Here's some points to look out for.
Euro Grade - The term "grade" or Eurograde" by itself means nothing. For example: A company may have a grade five safe but that doesn't mean it's certified by an accredited European certification body. This uncertified safe would therefore have no certified overnight insurance cover but there is nothing to stop them calling the unit a "grade five safe". Buyer beware.
Recommended Cash Cover - This would indicate that there is no certified cash cover.65:2012 to certify safes.
A.I.S. Approved - The A.I.S. is a U.K. organisation that "approves" safes. This approval is not a certification.
Uncertified Deposit Facilities - Letter slots, drum deposits or capsule deposits are all signs of an uncertified safe.
Deposit Safes With Cert EN1143-1 - This would indicate that the safe has been altered significantly and is not certified.
Deposit Safes Over Grade 4 - Certified deposit safes over grade 4 don't exist. Quite a few big manufacturers produce a "grade five" deposit safe but none has past testing so this grading is just for their own reference and has nothing to do with insurance cover.
Second Hand Safe Scams
The majority of fraud in safe sales is actually in new sales and not second hand but there are serious dangers in buying a second hand safe. Many second hand safes have been previously cut open and repaired to look intact but with significant internal damage such as missing barrier material. If you've been offered any model of second hand safe we will assess it free of charge and are qualified to expose any issue that may cost you money. Only buy properly certified safes. There is a glut of uncertified safes being dumped on the market at the moment. It will be difficult if not impossible to get insurance cover on these in the future.
If you have a mystery safe, suspect you have been mis-sold, have a safe that's been altered or are concerned that you didn't get what you paid for we will be happy to identify any safe, confirm its actual insurance cover, certification validity and advise you on steps you can take to rectify any identified issues free of charge.
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