ow to improve home security.

Did you know that 1 in 4 crimes in Ireland is a burglary?
You can lessen your chances of being a victim of burglars if you follow these tips.

Are your doors secure?
Are the doors and their frames in good solid condition?
Do you have a solid mortice lock on your doors?
Back doors are most vulnerable, so if they are giving way to a push, add extra locks and bolts.

Are your windows secure?
If you are having new windows installed, make sure they have locks.
If you are having new windows installed make sure that the removable strips holding the glass in are on the inside. If you already have windows with the removable strips on the outside, get superglue and seal the strips so that they cannot be pealed off.
Remember never forget to close all the windows when you leave home, especially ones that are accessible, e.g. upstairs bathroom window next to a drain pipe!.

What is a burglar looking for?
A home with no burglar alarm.
Any open windows.
Piles of post in your porch.
Ladders or tools left in your back garden.

Get a burglar alarm of course.
Of all the home burglaries over 90% were on homes with no home alarm system, according to Gardai.
Of the homes burglarised, 70% hadn't switched on the burglar alarm system at the time.

What is the Private Security Authority (PSA) doing about unlicensed alarm installers?.

31st January 2008: The Private Security Authority (PSA), the government approved body that issues licenses to installers, has successfully prosecuted 1st Choice Security Limited, trading as Superior Security, in Carrickmacross District Court, for providing Installer services without a Private Security Authority licence. Judge McBride imposed a fine of 4,000.

The successful outcome of this case comes as a result of intensive investigating by the PSA Enforcement Unit and sends a very clear message to others in the industry who choose to operate illegally, that the PSA is actively investigating contractors in this sector and that we will prosecute them, if they continue to operate without a licence says Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive Officer, Private Security Authority. All installation contractors and alarm monitoring companies are required by law to have a licence issued by the PSA she says.

Further details on licensing are available by checking their website or by calling the Private Security Authority on 062 31588.

Home owners are required by law to make sure that their company are fully licensed by the PSA. The PSA can also take cases against people who employ unlicensed burglar alarm installers or monitoring companies.
The licensing system is helping to raise the standard of work done by home alarm installers.

Perimeter Protection:  this type of protection comprises a mixture of devices to secure the perimeter of the protected house.  Contacts can be fitted to external doors to detect the opening of the door.  Contact Shock Sensors are a combination of a contact and an inertia (vibration) sensor and can be fitted to windows / patio doors to detect forced entry, glass breakage and also the opening of a door or window. The obvious advantage of this type of protection is that detection is normally signalled before an intruder enters the protected premises as opposed to Trap protection (see below) which will only activate when intruders trigger motion sensors when they are on the premises.  The Contact Shock Sensor can detect someone trying to pry open a door or window as it measures vibration around where the device is fitted. A key advantage to Perimeter Protection is that the system can be fully armed while you are inside the premises thereby giving you complete peace of mind.  

Trap Protection:  this type of protection comprises Motion (PIR or PIR Camera) sensors within the protected premises to detect movement while the system is armed.  This type of protection is ideal for a premises that is unoccupied for periods of time e.g. holiday home, small commercial premises. HKC have Pet Lense inserts for applications where there are animals in the house.

Combination: this method combines both perimeter and trap.  In this solution the perimeter is protected by a mix of Contact and Contact Sensors covering all vulnerable doors and windows.  Internally, strategically located motion sensors will detect and confirm intrusion.  The Panel will allow the user to part set while in the premises and have peace of mind knowing that the perimeter is secure. Once the system is fully armed all internal motion sensors will become fully active.  This is usually used when the premises is vacant.  

We use only top quality products, all approved under the European standard EN50131 which is overseen by the Private Security Authority through it's licensing procedure. 

The Hkc Securewave 10270 control panel is Ireland's most popular and is totally future proof having been upgraded to keep up with new developments.

This control panel is made by an Irish company based in Ballymount, Dublin and is used by the vast majority of installers in Ireland.

It can be set up to meet every requirement for the average home. The system can be divided into 10 wired zones, It also can cater to up to 70 wireless devices so it can deal with hybrid situations when part of the home is wired and part is not. When an alarm occurs the system can inform the user when and on which zone it happened at the keypad or though an app or text messages or voice calls.


o alarm the windows and doors of your home we install shock sensors and magnetic contacts. Magnetic contacts inform the user at the keypad when a window or door is left open anywhere in the home. Shock sensors trigger the alarm when vibration is applied by an intruder to a window or door where they are situated. Shocks and contacts available in brown or white

What is the law?

The latest situation since 2006 is that the government have set up a body called the Private Security Authority, (PSA), to oversee the industry. Nobody can legally hire a burglar alarm installer who doesn't have a license issued by them. In order to get a license the alarm installer must have their work certified by one of the 5 certification bodies. They are:

EQA ireland ltd., NSAI, SSAIB, Management Systems Certification ltd., Insight Certification ltd..

Other licensing requirements include Garda Vetting and a Tax Clearance Certificate.

What are the burglar alarm standards?

All burglar alarms are supposed to be installed to the new European standard EN50131. This has taken over from the old IS199 standard.

What is the story with burglar alarms and insurance?

Insurance companies will give a discount on home insurance on new burglar alarms installed by companies licensed by the PSA. Before the PSA was set up the discount used to be for alarms certified by the NSAI, but now there are 5 certification bodies as listed above.

Remember when selecting a company to install CCTV or Access Control System, Always ensure the company is registered with the PSA (Private Security Authority of Ireland) and always ask for their licence number.


The Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Security Contractor

It is not surprising that an unlicensed Security contractor would be less expensive than a licensed contractor. Unlicensed contractors have an advantage that enables them to provide the lowest prices. They do not have to pay licensing fees, they do not have to have insurance to protect their work, and more often than not they do not purchase employers and public liability insurance. Without these added expenses the unlicensed contractor or handyman can provide their services at a rate lower than the legitimately licensed professional.

What are the risks to you?

QUALITY – an unlicensed installer may install sub-standard equipment in your home and there are no guarantees that this equipment is fit for the purpose of protecting your family, home or premises.

Licensed installers must comply with current European standards set out by the PSA for high quality Alarm systems.

SECURITY – the PSA require a Garda Vetting form from all individuals engaged in the installation of burglar Alarms, CCTV & Access Control Systems. This ensures that licensed installers are in good standing with the law and they are obliged to disclose any criminal offences. You do not have this reassurance when dealing with an unlicensed individual.

COMPLAINTS – if you have any issues with the standard of service provided by an unlicensed installer there is very little you can do. If you use a licensed installer you can report any issues or complaints to the PSA and they will investigate the services provided by the installer. The PSA may revoke an installer’s license if standards are not adhered to so it is in the installer’s interest to do a good job and ensure you, the customer, is happy with the standard of work.

PROSECUTION – if you employ an unlicensed installer you are breaking the law! Penalties range from a €3,000 fine and up to 5 years imprisonment.

As you can see there are many very good reasons to use a licensed alarm installer for your home or business security systems.

You may pay a little more, but it’s a small price to pay for the reassurance and added peace of mind a professional licensed installer can provide.

At Total Technology Solutions we have over 15 years experience installing and designing CCTV and Access Control syte, Certified by the National Standards Authority of Ireland and licensed by the PSA (Private Security Authority ) licence No. 08360

Talk to us today about increasing or upgrading your CCTV or Access Control Systems. Call us on 065 670 3542
To check that your installer is licensed visit www.psa.gov.ie

It is a criminal offence within the republic of Ireland to employ an unlicensed Security Installation contractor. Remember to always ask for their PSA licence number. It’s the law


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