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Glossary

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y

 

AiS ( The Association of Insurance Surveyors) 

The Association of Insurance Surveyors is a trade organisation of UK insurance surveyors. This is an accreditation used to distinguish which safes have been approved by the Association of Insurance Surveyors. The AiS is a highly respected and well-known body of individual risk control and reduction experts working in the UK insurance sector, which helps to assure that their approval is highly beneficial when it comes to securing your valued assets. If a safe has been certified/tested to European standards but reputable organisations such as ECB-S, VdS, LPCB, SBSC, CNPP/A2P & IG/ICIM they will give the safes a stamp of approval.

 

ECB-S Certified

ECB-S is a European Certification body and is Europe’s leading safe certification body, it is recognised by all of the UK’s major insurance companies as a trustworthy test certificate.

 

Cash Rating

The cash cover tells you the amount of cash the safe is designed to protect. You may see the terms cash rating, security rating, insurance rating or cash cover these all have the same meaning. The Jewellery cover tells you how much the safe is designed to protect for jewellery, watches or any other valuables. You may see the term valuables rating; this has the same meaning as jewellery cover.

To find the jewellery cover on a safe just times the cash cover on a safe by 10. Cash cover £1,000 times by 10 makes the jewellery cover £10,000. A £1,000 cash cover safe will let you keep up to £1,000 of cash or £10,000 of valuables. It can't hold both for insurance purposes. Your option is to mix the value of cash (e.g. £500) and valuables (£5,000) to maintain the insurance limit.

You can also use the cash rating as a guide to the security level of the safe, the higher the cash rating the more secure the safe is.

 

Jewellery Rating

Jewellery rating is commonly used to indicate the value of jewellery that the insurance will cover over night when stored in a safe. To find the jewellery cover on a safe just times the cash cover on a safe by 10.

 

 

AiS ( The Association of Insurance Surveyors) 

The Association of Insurance Surveyors is a trade organisation of UK insurance surveyors. This is an accreditation used to distinguish which safes have been approved by the Association of Insurance Surveyors. The AiS is a highly respected and well-known body of individual risk control and reduction experts working in the UK insurance sector, which helps to assure that their approval is highly beneficial when it comes to securing your valued assets. If a safe has been certified/tested to European standards but reputable organisations such as ECB-S, VdS, LPCB, SBSC, CNPP/A2P & IG/ICIM they will give the safes a stamp of approval.

 

Anti – Drill plate

An Anti-drill plate is a harden plate that protects the key areas of the safe from drill attacks, this is usually to protect the lock and bolt work.

 

Anti-fish plate.

An anti -fish plate is fitted inside a deposit safe, this is to make it very diffulcult for any unauthorised person to remove and valuables through the deposit section.

Audit – Trial

An audit – trial is a feature on some electronic locks which allows the manager see the history of events. These types of locks are normally used for commercial business to help guard against internal fraud.

Automatic Deadlatch

The main bolt is automatically locked when the door is closed

 

 

Back Plate

The plate is fixed on a door to which the lock is attached

Backset

The Horizontal distance from the forend face to the key hole and/or follower

Back - Pan

A back pan is a sheet that is fitted to the back of the safe door to hide and protect the bolt work and the locking mechanism.

Bit (Key Bit)

That part a mortice key which is cut

Bolt Work

Bolt work is the mechanism that moves the bolts of the safe.

Bow

The handle or head of a key blank.

Box Strike Plate

A strike plate with a box shape around the bolt hole.

BS 7558

BS7558 is a British standard for gun cabinets.

 

 

Cash Rating

The cash cover tells you the amount of cash the safe is designed to protect. You may see the terms cash rating, security rating, insurance rating or cash cover these all have the same meaning. The Jewellery cover tells you how much the safe is designed to protect for jewellery, watches or any other valuables. You may see the term valuables rating; this has the same meaning as jewellery cover.

To find the jewellery cover on a safe just times the cash cover on a safe by 10. Cash cover £1,000 times by 10 makes the jewellery cover £10,000. A £1,000 cash cover safe will let you keep up to £1,000 of cash or £10,000 of valuables. It can't hold both for insurance purposes. Your option is to mix the value of cash (e.g. £500) and valuables (£5,000) to maintain the insurance limit.

You can also use the cash rating as a guide to the security level of the safe, the higher the cash rating the more secure the safe is.

Centers

The vertical measurement between the centre of the key hole and the centre of the follower hole on a sash lock.

Class Room Function

The thumb turn can be rotated into one direction only by using a ratchet mechanism in the turn side of the cylinder.  You can only unlock the door from inside, this ensures that someone inside the room cannot lock anybody out but can always escape in a case of emergency.

Claw Bolt

Pivoted claws on a deadlock which swing out sideways when the bolt is extended; these are usually used on sliding doors.

Clutch Release Function

When the key is inserted in disengages the thumb turn by use of a clutch mechanism. This allows the door to be unlocked even if the thumb turn is being held in the locked position from the inside. It is ideal for places where a non-key holder could hold the thumb turn in the locked position to prevent the door being unlocked.

Cut Cabinet Lock

The flange of a cut lock is recessed into the edge of the door / drawer.

Cut Cupboard Lock

The flange of a cut lock is recessed into the edge of the door / drawer.

Coffer

A coffer or internal coffer is a separate compartment that is inside the safe with and independent lock.

Cylinder Rose

A ring wish usually fits around the face a rim or screw-in cylinder giving a tidier aesthetic appearance.

 

Deadlatch

A nightlatch or latch, the latch of which can be locked.

Deposit Drawer

A deposit drawer is a a deposit system that can be pulled towards you enter the package and then push forward to close the drawer and for the package in to the safe. Most drawer deposit can be lockable. 

Deposit Safe

A deposit safe is a safe where you can insert items with opening the safe.

Differs

This is the number of possible keying permutations available, i.e. the number of unique lock combinations available. The number of differs increases with the number of pins, levers and other variables on more complex locking products such as side bars and profiles.

Dog Bolts

Dog bolts are fixed bolts on the hinge side door. This is preventing the door from being removed if the hinges are cut off.

Double Locking

Deadlocking facility is usually achieved by an opposite turn of the key in the outside cylinder.  It gives protection against slipping and internal handle manipulation.

Drill Protection

Drill protection is the same as anti-drill plates. A plate is a harden plate that protects the key areas of the safe from drill attacks, this is usually to protect the lock and bolt work

 

Drop Test

A drop test involves letting a heated safe fall from a designed height and drop to replicate what would happen if the safe had been located on a first floor level and if the floor burnt away. To pass the test the safe must remain intact with the door shut.

 

Dual Lock(ing)

Dual locking is where the safe has two physical independent locks. On a dual locking safe the lock will not have the same key to unlock the safe.

 

Dual user

A dual user you can find on certain electronic locks or on a dual locking safe. This means that the lock required two different user codes one after the other to open the safe.

 

 

ECB-S

ECB-S is a European Certification body and is Europe’s leading safe certification body, it is recognised by all of the UK’s major insurance companies as a trustworthy test certificate.

 

EFSG

EFSG stands for European Fire & security Group, is a group of independent test and certification bodies who have signed a multilateral agreement to moderate each other’s’ work and ensure that the various European safe standards are applied equally and fairly across the different institutions

EN1143-1

Standard for testing and grading the resistance level of cash safes

EN1143-2

Standard for testing and grading the resistance level of cash safes with deposit facilities

EN14450

Standard for testing and grading the resistance level of safe cabinets for domestic use

EN 1300

A European attack test standard for safe locks.

EN15659

EN 15659 is a European fire safe standard. This test only covers the protection of paper and is tested from 30 minute and 60 minutes but not computer data.

Escutcheon

A plate or rose which fits around a cylinder or key hole

ESSA

A world-wide trade association of safe manufacturers and distributors

 

Euro Grade Safe

Euro grade safes are safe which have been tested and certified to the European standard such as EN 1143-1, EN 1143-2 and EN 114450

 

 

Fire Safe

A fire safe is a safe that is designed to protect the contents from fire damage and maybe water.

Fixing bolts

Fixing bolts are what are used to secure the safe in position

Fixing holes

Fixing holes are holes that are in the safe so that the safe can be bolted to the floor or wall for the inside and securing in to position.

Forend

The front face of a lock.

Free Standing safe

A free standing safe is a safe if it is not bolted to a wall or floor and this means its standing free.

 

 

Glass plate

A glass plate is placed to protect the lock, this is a sheet of tempered glass and is attached to certain parts of the relocker. In the event of an attacked and the glass plate is broken this will then trigger the relockers to engage.

 

Graded Safes

Graded safes are the same as a euro grade safes. Which have been tested and certified to the European standard such as EN 1143-1, EN 1143-2 and EN 114450

 

Hook Bolt

Pivoted hook shaped bolt on a deadlock which swings down when operated; these are usually used on sliding doors.

 

Internal Hinges

Internal hinges are placed on the inside of the safe door.

Ingress Protection

Classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, accidental contact and water

 

 

Jewellery Rating

To find the jewellery cover on a safe just times the cash cover on a safe by 10. Cash cover £1,000 times by 10 makes the jewellery cover £10,000. A £1,000 cash cover safe will let you keep up to £1,000 of cash or £10,000 of valuables. It can't hold both for insurance purposes. Your option is to mix the value of cash (e.g. £500) and valuables to maintain the insurance limit>

 

 

Key Safe

A key safe is a safe that has been designed to hold keys.

Keep

Another name for Strike Plate.

Keyed To Alike

Each lock is operated by the same key, an example of this could be that your front & back doors are operated by the same key for convenience

Keyed to Differ 

Each lock is operated by its own key, this key should not operate any other locks (bearing in mind that there is a finite number of keying combinations (differs) available)

Keyed To Pass

Another name for Keyed alike

 

 

Latch

The bull nosed spring bolt which is usually operated by furniture and used to hold the door closed but not lock it closed.

Lip

The flat surface on a striking plate where the latch or bolt first hits

Lock Out mode

On some electronic locks if the code in input putted incorrectly a number amount of time the lock will then lock you out for a certain amount of time.

LPCB

LPCB is the British test and certification body.

 

 

Master Code

The master code is the ultimate access code to an electronic lock.

Master Key

A key that will open every lock in a Master Keyed System.

Master Keyed

Each lock is operated by its own key, this key should not operate any other locks however there is also a Master Key which will open any of the locks in the system. An example of this would be a block of flats where every tenant has their own key but the landlord has a single master key which will open any of the flats.

Mechanical combination lock

A mechanical combination lock is a dial operated lock. To enter the code you would have to spin the dial left to right.

 

Multiple User Codes

A multiple user code means that there can be more than one code when entering an electronic lock.

Mortise

A deep recess cut into wood for purposes such as for receiving a mortise lock.

Mushroom Pin  

A pin shaped like a capital letter "i", it gives some protection from picking as the middle of the pin can lodge on the shear line stopping the cylinder from opening

Nightlatch

A rim or mortice latch which shoots when the door is closed, there is often an internal button which allows the bolt to be held in either the extended or withdrawn position.

 

Override Key

An override key is not the same as a dual locking safe. An override is simply a back up key when the electronic lock fails.

 

Rebate

A recess, groove or step of rectangular section, cut along the edge of a piece of timber to receive a mating piece.

Rebate Set

A rebated component set is used to convert a mortice lock with a flat forend, into a full rebated lock

Relocker

A relocker is a device hat relocks when the safe has had an attempted breach

Rim Lock

A lock which is fitted to the inside face of a door

Rotary Deposit

Rotary deposit is a drum with a cut out section for inserting items in located at the top of the safe.

 

 

Secured by Design

Secured by Design is the official police security initiative that works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit

Shackle

The hinged bar of metal on a padlock.

Shank

The long body of a mortice key, i.e. not the head (bow) or bit

Straight Cabinet Lock

For flush fitting to the inside of drawers and doors

Throw

The distance a bolt or latch moves when it is operated.

Tumbler

A moveable detainer which must be lifted before the bolt can be operated

 

 

UL

UL is the underwriters Laboratory is an American test and certification body

 

UL 72

UL 72 is a US fire standard

 

 

V trap

V trap is a deposit system on a safe. The V trap is in a shape of a V meaning when the trap is closed the package will fall in to the safe and close off access to the safe.

Ward

A fixed lug fitted inside a lock to prevent the wrong key from being fully inserted.

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