Scotland’s very first independent safe deposit box service has been launched in Glasgow, after an investment of more than £1 million.
Based in the city’s southside, Glasgow Vaults has been introduced in response to the major banks withdrawing the service that safeguards people’s valuable possessions.
The venture is being led by David Walsh and Seamus Fahy, who have invested in equipping the vault with the latest state-of-the-art surveillance technology, including seismic shock sensors set to make a heist impossible. Monitored 24/7, the vault is also protected by biometric identification technology.
Employing five staff, the Glasgow facility is part of a strategy to expand the model across the UK and Ireland, following the successful launch of its first site in Dublin in 2013. The business is expected to grow its staff numbers in Glasgow to 15 by the middle of 2017.
Fahy revealed that Glasgow Vaults is already growing a strong customer base, having particular traction with homeowners who fear being burgled, as well as cash businesses like bars, restaurants and convenience stores which aren’t able to bank their takings over the weekend.
“We launched in Dublin three years ago, very much in response to demand from people who had either lost confidence in the banking system or were looking to keep possessions safe amidst rising crime figures,” explains Fahy. “The business has delivered consistent growth and we have been exploring opportunities to grow our footprint across other UK regions.”
Fahy continues: “After considerable due diligence we identified Scotland as a key growth region, mainly due to the fact that the banks no longer offer the service and there are no other providers in the market place. We have already witnessed a strong demand for our service with homeowners and the business community, and our client footprint stretches as far as Aberdeen, where oil & gas workers are keen to keep their valuables safe when working offshore.”
With latest Police Scotland figures showing that there were 20,607 reported housebreakings in Scotland in 2014/15, Fahy expects demand for the service to grow rapidly.
To meet this demand, Glasgow Vaults has in the region of 10,000 boxes, which come in ten different sizes and start from £150 a year. Client have unlimited access seven days per week and there is no appointment necessary.
Fahy concludes: “Complete peace of mind can only be given through the use of a safe deposit box, which is why an increasing number of people across Scotland are turning to us to provide a convenient and affordable way to protect valuable possessions. We have built in capacity to meet this increasing demand and will grow our staff numbers to ensure we provide a comprehensive and personal service to our customers.”
The vault is open 362 days a year, and was designed in partnership with security consultants working on behalf of insurer Lloyd’s of London.