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
  • Penalty Lockout
    The penalty lockout feature shuts the lock down for ten minutes if five or more incorrect codes are entered in a row to deter random code entry attempts. There is no such feature with a mechanical lock.
  • Multi-user Codes
    As most certified digital safe locks have Multi-user codes no 2 people have to use the same code to access a safe and an individual code can be removed at will by management.
  • Time Delay Option
    A programmable time delay of 1 to 99 minutes is a standard option in all but the most basic electronic lock models with a time delay opening window that can be set from 1 to 15 minutes. This is a powerful anti hold-up measure.
  • Audit Trail
    A powerful feature of digital locks is the audit trail which can be easily downloaded to a USB drive once you have the correct download code. This tells you who opened the lock, for how long, time, date and if there were any attempts to open the lock with an incorrect code. The standard audit trail is 1000 events.
  • Duress Alarm
    All our digital locks can be added to your alarm system via a Duress Module. With a Duress module in place if a hold-up occurs addition of a digit to the normal access code will trigger a silent alarm.
  • Dual Codes
    Where two codes have to be entered to open the lock is another standard feature.

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.

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