Asset Safety is a character-level service introduced in the Citadel expansion to accompany the introduction of Citadels. It is a means of mitigating the risk associated with storing items inside destructable structures, and serves as an intermediate "inventory" for player assets that were stored in a player-owned structure that has been destroyed or unanchored (subject to certain limitations). Items in Asset Safety do not exist in a physical location until delivered to a new location. Items placed in Asset Safety will be bundled in an Asset Safety container. In the case of Corporate Asset Safety, the Asset Safety wrap will preserve any corporate hangar organization.
Asset Safety exists on both a personal and corporate level, though it functions similarly in either case. Once Asset Safety has been activated, regardless of method, it cannot be reversed, and items must then be delivered according to normal Asset Safety restrictions.
Asset Safety is activated whenever an Upwell Structure is destroyed or unanchored, when a corporate office is unrented, or when a player manually activates it. In the case of Corporate Asset Safety, only Directors or a CEO may activate Asset Safety for items in corporate hangars.
Items in Personal Asset Safety will appear in the player's "Assets" window, under the "Safety" tab.
Items in Corporate Asset Safety will appear in the corporation's "Assets" window, under the "Safety" tab.
After 5 days, a player can choose to have the assets delivered to an outpost, NPC station, or Citadel in the same system where the assets were originally located, with no payment necessary.
After an additional 20 days, if this option is not used, the assets will then be delivered to the nearest NPC station by AU, and the player or corporation must pay 15% of the assets' value to retrieve them from Asset Safety.
If assets are not moved to a station, outpost, or Citadel in the same system, items in Asset Safety will be moved according to the following guidelines:
- From null security space: to the nearest low security station, by AU.
- From low security space: to the nearest low security station, by AU.
- From high security space: to the nearest high security station, by AU.
While Asset Safety technically exists in wormhole systems, in practice it merely causes assets in wormhole structures to drop in large containers when their containing structures are destroyed. Unless such items are contained in password-protected containers, anyone may take any items from containers dropped by structures in wormhole space. Players may also launch assembled ships from these containers.