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Hall Alarms Celebrates Over 30 Years in Business

2012 is a year of celebration for Hall Alarms Ltd as it celebrates over 30 years in business. “Watch Out” for our 30th Anniversary promotions coming soon. Keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter or our website.

  • Treasure Hunt for Hall Alarms special Anniversary Stickers
  • Spot the Old Hall Alarms Bellboxes and win a prize
  • See our Full Page 30th Celebration Feature in “The Nationalist” November issue and get the details on all competitions
  • Request a quote through our website and if you are the “Magic Number” customer, you could get your system for half price
  • Can you remember 30 years ago?
  • Watch out for our 30th Anniversary Newsletter, sign up for Newsletter on the website, Facebook and Twitter
  • Listen in to your Local Radio Station “Tipp FM” and find out how you can win a FREE Security System

………..PLUS LOTS, LOTS MORE………………………

Hall Alarms Flyer – October 2012

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Licensing Of CCTV And Access Control Contractors By PSA Commences

From the 1st October 2012, contractors installing or maintaining CCTV systems and Access Control systems will require a licence from the Private Security Authority (PSA).

The extension of licensing to CCTV and Access Control is a major milestone for the PSA and marks the completion of licensing for contractors in the electronic security sector. The licensing of these new sectors has been in development for several years and has involved consultation with all the industry stakeholders.

In order to obtain a licence from the PSA, a contractor must prove compliance with national and European standards, be tax compliant and undergo criminal record checking. A licence granted by the PSA is valid for two years and a register of licence holders is available on the PSA website – www.psa.gov.ie

It will now be an offence under the Private Security Services Acts to install, maintain, service or repair a CCTV system or Access Control system without a licence. Penalties range from fines of up to €3,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months.

Similarly, any person employing an unlicensed CCTV or Access Control contractor will also be breaking the law and subject to prosecution. A person includes householders and businesses.

The PSA is the statutory body responsible for the licensing and regulation of the private security industry in Ireland. The PSA already licences contractors who provide the following services;

Intruder Alarm Installation and Maintenance
Security Guarding
Door Supervision
Cash In Transit
Intruder Alarm Monitoring

Employees providing Security Guarding and Door Supervision services are also required to be licensed. There are currently in the region of 750 contractors and 27,000 individuals licensed by the PSA. The next sectors for licensing are CCTV Monitoring contractors, Event Security contractors and Cash In Transit employees. These are scheduled to take place during 2013.

Issued by the Private Security Authority. For further information contact the Authority’s Communications Unit at info@psa.gov.ie.

High Quality CCTV in Tipperary

PJ Shanahan President of Thurles Chamber is delighted to announce that the proposed closed circuit television (CCTV) system for Thurles has been given the green light by An Pobal and the installation of the cameras and system can begin immediately. It is hoped that the system will be fully operational by 2012.

The funding for the project will be financed by An Pobal 70%, Thurles Chamber 15% and Thurles Town Council 15%. The entire system will be designed, installed and maintained by three Tipperary companies, Hall Alarms based in Clonmel, Future Security in Nenagh and Amarach Technologies, also based in Nenagh. As PJ says “We’re delighted that we can support three local businesses and it shows the quality of Tipperary technology companies that three Tipperary businesses won the tender.” The winning tender was spear headed by Eleanor Lahart of Hall Alarms. Dermot Benn of RMI a professional in the CCTV sector helped the CCTV committee pick the winning tender.

Thurles Chamber Of Commerce Signing of ContractEleanor Lahart, Chief Executive of Hall Alarms says “This is a substantial award for Hall Alarms, it shows that local companies who invest in expertise, quality equipment and provide value for money, can compete against national companies who would normally be awarded these tenders”. The system includes 10 Pan, Tilt and Zoom cameras, with the capability to cover large areas and the facility to zoom in for finer detail. The system is based on advanced wireless technology, with it’s own private secure network, this protects the integrity of the system as well as future proofing it. It will be one of the countries most advanced, state of the art Town CCTV systems. The entire system will be designed, installed and maintained by three Tipperary companies, Hall Alarms based in Clonmel, Future Security in Nenagh and Sentry Digital Solutions, also based in Nenagh. The installation will take approximately three months.

The project, which has taken over five years of hard work to deliver, was a Thurles Chamber initiative that would never have been possible without the help of the Town Clerk Michael Ryan, Sgt Sean Sherlock and Superintendent Pat Lordan. “The entire Thurles Chamber have been behind this initiative but a number of members which should get special mention are Paddy Barry, Noreen Foran, Pat Donnelly, Diarmuid Moran and Pat Hayes who were all involved at different stages of getting the project off the ground and keeping it alive – without their continuous support and enthusiasm for this project, it would never have got to this stage. A huge thanks also goes to Michael Ryan, Cllr Seamus Hanafin, Superintendent Pat Lordan and Sgt Sean Sherlock – their help was invaluable and forthcoming at all times.” PJ Shanahan told the Tipperary Star this week.

CCTV systems are most commonly used to tackle anti-social and criminal behavior, through either detection and investigation of crime and/or through crime prevention. Ireland is a relatively late adopter of public- space CCTV compared with other European countries, The first experiments with town centre surveillance started with Templebar, Dublin in 1995, followed by installations in O’Connell Street, Dublin, Tralee, Cork, Bray, Dún Laoghaire, Dundalk, Limerick and Galway. Then, from 2007, a new model was adopted; taking advantage of advances in digital recording, wireless transmission and camera designs.

As more cities and towns took advantage of CCTV systems, Thurles Chamber wanted to install a CCTV system in Thurles to act as a deterrent to late-night drunkenness and public order offences. “There is a concern about public order offences at night and at weekends – our members raised this issue as something that the Chamber needed to tackle,” PJ said. “People need to feel safe when they are in the town and the presence of the CCTV system will certainly add to the sense of security, particularly at night. We are hoping the CCTV system will help reduce the fear of crime and to help deter offenders.”

Thurles Chamber President PJ Shanahan believes the CCTV system will become an instrumental tool for An Gardaí in fighting crime and it will act as a deterrent for anti-social behaviour in Thurles town. Cllr Seamus Hanafin told us a huge amount of work has gone into this project but he is delighted that another Chamber initiative has been realised. With the E1.1 million Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre opening soon and the installation of the state of the art CCTV system, it shows you the power of having a strong business group in the town working together for its members. “PJ has done a trojan job with regards the CCTV system and should be highly commended for his efforts” Cllr Seamus Hanafin told the Tipperary Star this week. “It’s a great result for Thurles town and we can’t wait to get the system up and running and delivering results.”

Press Release
Thurles Chamber of Commerce

The Central Statistics Office today released a report on the Crime Figures for Quarter 2 of 2012

Crime Figures for Quarter 2 of 2012The report finds that Recorded Burglaries, Fraud & Kidnappings have risen but on the plus side, falls are seen in most other groups.

Burglary and related offences rose by 10.3% compared to the corresponding period ending in June 2011, while Fraud, deception and related offences rose by 8.0%, Kidnapping and related offences rose by 7.8%.

All other groups showed a decrease in recorded offences in the twelve-month period ending in Q2 2012. Notable decreases were observed in categories including Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences (-9.7%), Dangerous or negligent acts (-11.3%), Weapons and explosives offences (-15.1%) and Public order and other social code offences (-13.1%).

Burglary and Related Offences

In the twelve-month period ending in June 2012, there were 28,623 recorded Burglary and related offences representing an increase of 2,663 (+10.3%) on the corresponding period ending in June 2011. Comparing the same periods, Aggravated burglary fell by 19.4% while recorded Burglary (not aggravated) offences increased by 10.3% to 27,619.

Theft and Related Offences

Recorded Theft from person offences increased by 43.1% to 4,284 in the twelve-month period ending in Q2 2012, while Other thefts, handling stolen property offences rose slightly (+0.2%) to 42,972. Recorded Theft/Taking of vehicle and related offences fell by 20.2% in the same period to 8,982.

Offences against Government, Justice Procedures and Organisation of Crime

There were 9,291 Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime recorded in the twelve-month period ending in Q2 2012, a decrease of 13.6% when compared with the corresponding 2011 period. (Needless to say these figures were compiled before the events which have taken place in the last week).

The Figures

• Homicide offences: down 23.5%
• Sexual offences: down 4.1%
• Attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences: down 9.7%
• Dangerous or negligent acts: down 11.3%
• Kidnapping and related offences: up 7.8%
• Robbery, extortion and hijacking offences: down 4.7%
• Burglary and related offences: up 10.3%
• Theft and related Offences: down 1.1%
• Fraud deception and related offences: up 8%
• Controlled drug offences: down 4.9%
• Weapons and explosives offences: down 15.1%
• Damage to property and to the environment: down 10.8%
• Public order other social code offences: down 13.1%
• Offences against Government, justice procedures and organisation of crime: down 13.6%

Central Statistics Office – Crime Figures for Quarter 2 of 2012

Central Statistics Office - Crime Figures for Quarter 2 of 2012

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Please click here to view an executive overview of the report.

Hall Alarms Newsletter – February 2012

Hall Alarms Newsletter – February 2012 2011 was a year that marked a huge increase in burglaries, both in businesses and homes.

Many serious robberies occurred by armed raiders, putting staff, customers and premises at risk. Hall Alarms would recommend that all premises holding cash have a panic alarm system that the staff can use to alert others. A high quality CCTV system can also aid the Gardai greatly in catching raiders and recovering stolen items.

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Hall Alarms Newsletter – July 2011

Hall Alarms Newsletter July 2011New technology is currently available that allows you to add on wireless devices to alarm systems. The new HKC alarm panel now comes with wireless keyfobs, which allows you to control your system at the press of a button.

Add on extra devices to the alarm system without the hassle of running cables. A host of extra wireless devices have also been launched on the market this year, giving you extra protection for every eventuality.

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