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Tamper Evident VS Tamper Proof - Which is correct?

Tamper Evident VS Tamper Proof - Which is correct?
I have often heard customers referring to Security Seals as ‘Tamper-Proof’ Seals. When someone uses the word ‘proof’, it gives the assumption that ...

I have often heard customers referring to Security Seals as ‘Tamper-Proof’ Seals. When someone uses the word ‘proof’, it gives the assumption that it is impermeable to something. Some examples include: 

  • A safe advertised as fire-proof guarantees that the safe will not fail when on fire.
  • A petrol car with a fuel tank inlet that is designed smaller than a diesel nozzle is considered as fool-proof.
  • A rain jacket is made to be water-proof to ensure that the wearer does not get wet 

However, to term Security Seals as tamper-proof seals gives the false illusion that the security seal is not susceptible to tampering and will provide adequate security to prevent tampering. Instead, the accurate term for Security Seals will be Tamper Evident Seals.

TAMPER EVIDENT SEAL

Well designed Tamper Evident security seals are designed to show clear evidence in case of tampering. It is not completely wrong that security seals are used to physically prevent tampering as well. Firstly, using a security seal is the first deterrent to tampering. Depending on which security seal you are using, the security seal also offers different levels of barrier resistance.

However, the main purpose of a security seal is to show evidence when a seal has been used or tampered. For example, let’s have a look at Seals HQ’s Cable Seal 2.5:

Seals HQ Cable Seals

The Cable Seal 2.5 (and all of our other Cable Seals, by the way) is made from non-preformed galvanised wire. The wire frays at the point of cutting which renders the seal useless when it is cut. There is no way for the seal to be reused after the cable is cut. Here is a video of how the wire frays:

Seals HQ Cable Seals

Hence, the Cable Seal 2.5 presents evidence that the seal has been tampered when the wire is frayed.

To combat pre-tampering, our new Fixed Length Barcode plastic seal has security ribs at the entry to the locking chamber to prevent any attempts to pre-tamper the seal. The security ribs serve as a visual evidence to indicate whether an attempt was made to compromise the locking chamber.

Seals HQ Pre-tampering Rib

As illustrated in the 2 examples above, security seals can be designed using a wide variety of methods to increase tamper evidence. Gone are the days of a single piece moulded plastic seal which its only tamper evidence is that the seal is broken. As criminals devise more and more methods to defeat a security seal, the design of security seals is also constantly evolving to stay one step ahead.

In conclusion, Seals HQ decided to use the term Tamper Evident Security Seal across our platforms to avoid confusing customers and to standardise our content that we supply our customers. However, if we hear a customer asking for a tamper proof seal, rest assured that we won’t turn you away but will still gladly assist you… That is our Seals HQ guarantee.

Why should you brand your Security Seals?

Why should you brand your Security Seals?

[Part 1 of a 4-part Series on Custom Branding Security Seals]

Why should you consider custom branding your Security Seals? 

[Part 1 of a 4-part Series on Custom Branding Security Seals]

One question every team member at Seals HQ is trained to ask our clients is - "Would you like to custom design the printing on your seal?"

Why does Seals HQ encourage our clients to custom design the printing on their security seals? To be honest, custom printing a seal requires a lot of planning on our end. We have to draft the artwork, get customer approval, get the factory to mark an actual sample, send to the customer for final approval, plan production, juggle shipments to ensure continuity of supply... Why don't we take a shortcut and just convince our clients to go for stock standard seals with no branding and just a serial number?

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If you perform a simple search of the term "security seals" on Alibaba, one of the world's largest marketplace, the platform will return 19,475 results. Most of the security seals offered are hard to differentiate, especially to a lay-person who does not handle security seals on a daily basis.

How then can a company that values security confidently say that the seal they are using is genuinely unique, and not a stock standard seal that anyone can obtain a copy of? How sure are you that the security seal that arrived on a container from overseas is genuine and not a copy that has replaced the original seal on the container?

By adding a custom design on the security seal, you are eliminating the opportunity for anyone to break your seal, steal / sabotage the contents and replace the seal with a copy.

Furthermore, security seals nowadays play an important role in a company's brand awareness. As more and more businesses include security seals in their operations and packaging, the custom design featured on the security seals a proof of their commitment to security.

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Custom Designing the printing on your security seal might include Company Logo / Barcode (Linear and 2D) / Custom Text / Serial Number / Custom Colour / Hot Stamped Writing Panels

Seals HQ supplies a large range of security seals, and custom design options varies from one security seal to another. If you have a requirement to custom design the printing on your security seal, or would like to discuss options available to you, please contact Seals HQ using one of the methods below. One of our team members will contact you to discuss what Seals HQ can do for you.

  1. Click HERE to fill in our Contact Form
  2. Send us an email at sales@sealshq.com.au
  3. Call Seals HQ at 1300 920 778

This is Part 1 of a 4-part series on Custom Branding Security Seals. Follow Seals HQ on LinkedIn to stay updated as we release our articles.

Security Seals for Irrigation and Water Conservation

Security Seals for Irrigation and Water Conservation
Australia is experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, resulting in desperate water shortages across large parts of New South Wales ...

Australia Drought Map

Australia is experiencing one of its most severe droughts on record, resulting in desperate water shortages across large parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland. The latest report by the Bureau of Meteorology issued on 5 September 2019 focused on these key points:

  • Rainfall in the past 17 months has been below average over much of New South Wales, southern Queensland, northern and eastern Victoria, South Australia and northern Tasmania
  • Rainfall deficiencies generally persist with little change in affected areas
  • Long-term rainfall deficiencies, record-low for some periods, continue to severely limit water resources across the Murray-Darling Basin
  • Root-zone soil moisture was below average for August for most of Australia
  • Water storages in the Northern Murray-Darling Basin is extremely low, with no meaningful inflows during August
  • Below average winter filling season for water storages in the Southern Basin for the third year in a row

As water is the main necessity of life, it has become imperative that all measures are taken to secure this precious resource. However, there are cases of unscrupulous behaviour where offenders have been caught in acts of water theft. Water theft comes in many forms, mainly taking water without an access license or tampering with water meters. This is where Seals HQ’s expertise can help you.

SHQ_MeterSeals

Our range of Meter Seals are designed to be easy to apply, resistant to UV and water exposure. Our Rotor Seals, Cable Seals and Combi Seals can be applied without any tools and can only be removed with a wire cutter. Optional features include:

  • Stainless Steel wire or plastic-coated wire ensures that the wire does not rust.
  • Customisable wire length to suit any meters.
  • Custom design available to include your company logo, text and a unique serial number.
  • Contractor ID numbers can be marked on the seal to identify which contractor installed that meter and security seal.

Contact us via one of the following methods to discuss your options with our Product Specialists:

          Phone          1300 920 778
          Email           sales@sealshq.com.au
          Web             https://www.sealshq.com.au