Top Five Red Flags When Buying A Safe
Fraud and mis-selling are quite common in the safe business
We've listed the top five checks you can make to verify your dealing with an honest and professional safe supplier
Make Sure You Are Dealing With An Expert
Fraud is still quite common in the safe business. You'd be surprised how many prominent safe sellers hide their identity and location with good reason. If you can't find the director's name and find that background and contact information on the business is limited or vague, this should be a red flag. A lack of transparency in qualifications, product certification, location or identity should be a good indication of a problem. A professional safe supplier will always be able to provide documentation to back up claims.
Watch Out For Unaccredited Certification Or No Certification
Unaccredited Certification for safes, fire cabinets or vaults is another widespread problem in Ireland. 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. Currently the European accredited certifiers are ECB-S, VdS, CNPP & SBSC.
Two prominent examples of badges mistaken for accredited certification in Ireland are:
Certified By LPCB (UK) - This U.K. body which is part of the BRE is not accredited by UKAS to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 to certify safes. This badge is therefore of no relevance to insurance rates for safes in the Republic of Ireland. Some insurance brokers may not realise that LPCB is unaccredited to this standard as a certifier for safes even in the U.K. but the final responsibility for ensuring the safe is what it claims to be lies with the client and the safe supplier.
A.I.S. Approved - A U.K. organisation who do not claim to be a certification body. The A.I.S. produce a list of approved safes and distribute A.I.S. stickers to the industry in the U.K. however the opinion of the A.I.S. is of no relevance to insurance rates for safes in the Republic of Ireland and should not be relied upon even as a guide to safe identity.
Watch Out For Fake Insurance Rates
Irish Safes Ratings Group (ISRG) Rates Are The Only Genuine Insurance Guide Rates For Safes In Ireland. Having been sourced directly from the Republic of Ireland's insurance industry the I.S.R.G. rates are the official rates for certified safes and vaults recognised by An Garda Síochána and The European Security Systems Association. A supplier who displays higher rates or does not stipulate that an alarm may be a condition of cover is misleading clients. For further information on this please visit: www.isrg.ie
Insist On Secure Safe Lock Options
Mechanical Safe Locks Are Dangerous (Think About It). 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.
A knowledgeable safe supplier should be able to offer you a range of secure digital safe lock options and be able to provide training for more advanced lock types such as audit and timelock. An advanced digital locking system can also have a positive effect your insurance cover
The Advantage Of Certified Digital Safe Locks
Don't Buy A Safe Without Having It Correctly Installed & Anchored
If a safe hasn’t been anchored and fitted correctly the safe is not certified as it’s resistance to attack is compromised. Incorrect fitting can also negatively impact a safe’s fire protection. There is of course also the fact that an unbolted safe can often quite easily be removed from its location and attacked at a criminal’s leisure. For all of these reasons and more a unbolted safe is not covered by insurance.
Ensure that your safe supplier is fully insured for installing safes and always ask for a copy of their insurance documents. There is no reason a safe supplier won't be able to supply a copy of their insurance details.