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Choosing a Commerical Security System

Choosing a security system

Many businesses used a combination of security measures to create the most appropriate blend of protection for their needs. The choice very much depends upon the nature of the business or the nature of the assets to be protected. They may include the following:

Intruder alarms

There wide range of choice available, from “bells only” systems to the more sophisticated range of monitored systems. Below is a brief review of some of the options which may help the maize of terminology that you will encounter when reviewing the systems options.

Bells (Audible) only alarms

This is generally the most basic option and unlikely to be acceptable to an insurer if you are protecting commercial premises. In simple terms, if the alarm is triggered, an audible alarm sounds to alert you (or a neighbour) that an intruder has entered (or is trying to enter) the premises. T

Speechdialler or Auto (GSM) dialler system

These will be a cheaper option than having a fully monitored system. With a Speechdialler, when the alarm is activated, pre-programmed numbers of your choice will be dialled and a pre-recorded message alerts the keyholder or the person in the business responsible for responding to the alarm. If the phone line is cut or disabled no signal can be sent.

Under no circumstances should the police telephone number be programmed into the auto dialler.

Monitored systems

The system installed may be the same of similar to a bells only system, except that when the alarm is activated, a signal informs a Alarm Receiving Centre. They may confirm that the alarm is not false and if necessary they inform the Gaurds, private security service provider and/or keyholder.  It is important that the Alarm Receiving Centre is recognised by the Police. A unique reference number (URN), which identified the premises must be obtained by the installer from the Gardai when the system is installed. To get this number, the installer and the monitoring centre must be registered with a certification body (such as SSAIB).

Monitored signalling system

These are systems that monitor the “signal path” between the protected premises and the Alarm Receiving Centre that monitors the alarm system. In the event of the signalling path, usually a telephone line, being interrupted (in the case of a burglary usually at or near the protected premises by cutting the telephone cable) an alarm is activated at the Alarm Receiving Centre and either the guards or the key holder of the premises is informed.

Access Control

Controlling access to your site, building, or parts of it, is an effective way of ensuring the security of the premises and staff. There are potential access solutions from gates and turnstiles to biometric options. Access control systems can also be linked to a range of human resource management systems and asset tracking.


A range of CCTV options are available to provide surveillance of the perimeter or vulnerable areas of a site. Advances in technology have enabled a wider range of CCTV options and data capture that can be used to provide evidence of criminal activity.

The installation and setting up of CCTV cameras requires knowledge of the Human Rights Legislation, particularly if cameras impact upon public space. It is also important to ensure that CCTV is reasonable and proportionate to the risk and that the data captured is processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Remotely Video Response Centres (RVRC) CCTV systems draw upon a wide range of standards and require a high degree of cooperation between system installers, monitoring centres and the premises occupiers and managers. Monitoring personnel will confirm that an activation is genuine before alerting the police.

Remotely monitored CCTV systems can provide an economic solution where property protection is required 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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