Welcome to the Securikey Standards FAQs section. We have added the most often asked questions here but if you have any other questions please contact 01252 311888 and a member of our team will be happy to help.
THE SECURIKEY STANDARD
Where no clear industry standards exist, Securikey has developed its own rating system to aid product selection. We have applied over 40 years experience within the security industry to these standards, and found them to be an excellent measure of strength and durability.
- Bronze Rated
Where a base level
of protection or
security is required.
- Silver Rated
security and strength, over
and above Bronze level.
- Gold Rated
Products which provide the
highest possible standard of
security in each range.
SECURIKEY CASH RATINGS
Each Securikey safe is tested and classified by the level of security it provides and designated by a cash rating from £1,000 up to £100,000. For the storage of valuables, ratings can be calculated by multiplying the cash amount by 10. These ratings are a guide and its important that you liaise with your insurance company prior to any installation.
SECURIKEY FIRE PROTECTION RATINGS
Securikey fire resistant safes and cabinets are classified by the level of protection they offer when involved in a fire. This is reinforced by independent testing of certain models, which are rated as 30 or 60 minutes and at a specific temperature from 750 to 950° C. Where no independent test has been carried out the model /range is simply shown as ‘Fire Resistant’, giving you peace of mind that your documents or valuables will survive if the unthinkable should happen.
SECURIKEY CERTIFICATION AND TESTING
Many Securikey cash and fire safes have undergone independent testing to European standards. Each is approved and certified after undergoing a rigorous and exhaustive series of technical and practical tests, for use within a diverse range of applications and environments. This is signified by the issuing and mounting of the appropriate badge showing the name of the test house and model number. In addition, Securikey also include an insurance certificate, detailing the recommended level of protection.
WHAT IS EUROSAFE UK?
Eurosafe is an association of safe manufacturers in mainland Europe established over 25 years ago. A sister organisation, Eurosafe UK was launched in March 2011 to represent the interests of British safe makers, and the suppliers and installers of safes and security containers.
The primary objective of Eurosafe UK is to restore confidence in European standards for testing and rating cash safes, security cabinets, document fire safes and computer data safes.
Eurosafe UK will encourage insurers, specifiers, buyers and users to choose cash safes tested and certified by the BRE/LPCB in the UK or European test houses affiliated with the European Fire & Security Group (EFSG) or those products certified by the European Certification Board.Security (ECB.S).
Member companies will campaign to resist the lowering of security standards by manufacturing and supplying high quality, insurance approved products.
Those companies specialising in refurbishing used safes undertake to adhere strictly to BS7582: 2005 Code of practice for reconditioning of used safes.
Member companies will be encouraged to display the Eurosafe logo as a symbol of quality and ethical standards.
27 September 2011
The AiS Approved Safe Scheme was launched just a month or two ago and has been enthusiastically embraced by many leading safe makers. At the recent MLA Expo at the Telford International Centre the AiS Approved logo was displayed on dozens of safes around the hall.
Safe manufacturers, importers or principal distributors are invited to send copies of their certificates to the Association of Insurance Surveyors for scrutiny. If the certificates have been issued by the BRE/LPCB, a member of the European Fire & Security Group (EFSG) or the European Certification Board – Security (ECB.S), the safes are classed as ‘AiS Approved’.
The company concerned is then authorised to display the AiS Approved logo in their literature and on their websites. They are also permitted to display a distinctive label on their safes and their entry in forthcoming issues of the AiS Safe List will be highlighted in the association’s corporate plum colour.
As this scheme progresses (SMP, Dudley, Fichet, Securikey, Burton, Wertheim, Insafe/Guardian have already been processed) life will become easier for everyone; insurance surveyors, risk managers, local security specialists and of course, customers. When they need to be certain that the safe they are recommending, supplying, insuring or purchasing has been tested and certified by a laboratory recognised by all major British insurers and accepted for the full recommended indemnity value, they only need to look for the AiS Approved logo or ensure it has a plum coloured entry in the latest AiS Safe List.
The scheme has been so successful that it has already been extended to cover vault doors with A to Z Safe Warehouse (Wertheim) being the first company to receive AiS Approved status.
© 2011 Mike Palmer