It is an offence to use an unlicenced intruder alarm installer


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The Private Security Authority (PSA), established under the Private Security Services Act 2004, is the regulatory body for the private security industry.

Under the Act, licences are now compulsory for private security contractors providing Intruder Alarm installation or Alarm Monitoring services. Contractors include companies, partnerships and sole traders.

Contractors providing Intruder Alarm installation or Alarm Monitoring services without a licence are breaking the law.

Similarly, any person employing an unlicensed Intruder Alarm or Alarm Monitoring company, is also breaking the law and faces penalties ranging from a €3,000 fine up to 5 years imprisonment.

In order to obtain a licence from the Private Security Authority, the security provider must prove compliance with national standards and be a fit and proper person to work within the industry.

Along with the appropriate application licence fee, a contractor applying for a PSA licence must present the following:

  • Evidence of having attained the required standard (EN50131 for Intruder Alarm installers / IS228 for Alarm Monitoring Centres)
  • Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Certificate of Incorporation of a Company
  • Certificate of Business name, where trade name is not that of owner
  • Auditor’s Turnover Certificate where the applicant is a company
  • Completed Criminality Checking Authorisation forms

A licence granted by the PSA is for a two-year period from the date of issue. The PSA can, at any time, suspend or revoke a contractor’s licence, if the contractor fails to comply with the conditions of the licence.


Electronic Security Systems included in Home Renovation Scheme

Electronic Security Systems included in Home Renovation Scheme

The Revenue Commissioners have confirmed that electronic security systems will qualify under the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme. The scheme which will run until the 31 December 2015 provides for tax relief for home owners on qualifying expenditure on repair, renovation or improvement works carried out on a main home by qualifying contractors. Details of the scheme are available from the Revenue Commissioners at file


Burglary Prevention

Safety tips for your home

Crime Prevention

Wednesday 12th March is the National Crime Prevention Day of Action for burglaries

The document provides tips on protecting your home. (Please click on icon above).

Reducing burglaries and related thefts is a major priority for An Garda Síochána and a number of operations are in place nationally and locally to combat burglaries. For instance, Operation Fiacala, which is a national operation targeting travelling burglary gangs has led to over 7,000 people being arrested and over 4,000 being charged. While there are also specific Garda operations in each region such as Operation Acer in the Dublin area that are successfully tackling burglars operating locally.

Over 50 per cent of burglars enter homes either through the front or back door, according to the latest figures from An Garda Síochána. Work done by the Garda Síochána Analysis Service shows that the main entry points by burglars to houses are through a rear window (28%), front door (27%), and rear door (25%).

While the latest CSO figures show a 8.9% fall in the level of burglary and related offences between June 2012 and June 2013 compared to the previous 12 months, An Garda Síochána is advising people to remain vigilant and security conscious in order to thwart burglars.

“Burglars will tend to go for what they view as easy targets – houses with no lights on, no alarm, or unsecured doors and windows. So it is critical for householders to secure all doors and windows, light up their homes even when out, and have an alarm and turn it on even when at home,” said Sgt Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit.

An Garda Síochána recommends people take the following steps to reduce the chances of their home being burglarised:

– Secure all doors and windows – Light up your home and use timer switches on lights for when you are out – Store key safely and away from windows and letterboxes – Record details of valuable and don’t keep large cash amounts at home – Use your alarm, even when you are at home

Guide to aid preventing a break-in

Guide to aid preventing a break-in

Burglar picHouse protection is a topic that is relevant to us all. Your home is a sanctuary and it’s important to keep your home contents and your loved ones safe from harm.

Develop a routine

Far too often it’s through an unopened door or window that a burglar gains access to a victim’s house. Our first tip in our house protection guide, is to develop a routine of locking all your windows and doors before you leave the house or turn in for the night. And of course, make sure your house alarm is switched on. Most home insurance companies offer discounted household insurance for the added house protection a house alarm affords, however the alarm must be turned on when the household goes to bed or there is no one home, otherwise your house insurance claim may be affected in the event of a burglary.

Sturdy Outer Doors

From a home protection point of view sturdy doors are a must – make sure your house is fitted with sturdy outer doors. The exterior doors to your home should be made of solid wood or metal a minimum of an inch thick. Your door frames should be equally as strong as the doors and should fit the door correctly.


Fit a deadbolt lock to your home’s main exterior doors. As a pick resistant lock, a deadbolt lock should be pick resistant making it impossible for any would be burglars to gain access to your home without the key.

Home Intruder Alarms

Home intruder alarms are essential to your house protection. It’s well worth fitting an alarm to your home if you can afford one.

Give the impression someone is home

When no one is home, it’s worth considering leaving a light or radio on the go.
When going on holidays