Since the 1st August 2006, it is now a criminal offence for a Householder, or proprietor of a Premises to purchase Burglar Alarms or hire/employ the services of Doormen, Patrolmen or Security Guards without first checking to see that the Company has a “P.S.A Licence” as issued by the Private Security Authority. From the 1st October 2012, this will also extend to CCTV and Access Control systems.The P.S.A, which is a statutory body, now has Inspectors actively seeking out offending Householders and Premises owners, who fail to ensure that the Company providing their Security (as outlined above) is licensed under the new Act. They will also bring prosecutions against the ‘Unlicensed operators’ in the business.
The scope of this new Legislation will also cover the following areas:
1.) Servicing or maintenance of an Alarm system or device of any description
2.) Sale and installation of an Alarm system of any description
3.) Door Supervisors, Doormen, Security personnel
4.) Night Watchmen, Security guards, Patrolmen etc.
5.) Keyholding services, Alarm Monitoring Services etc.
6.) Third-party Shop Security personnel
REQUIREMENT OF HOUSEHOLDERS & PROPRIETORS:
Every Home or business within the Irish State is now required by Law to check first, before purchasing an Alarm System or hiring Security Services, that the supplying company holds a valid ‘P.S.A Licence’.Failure to do so is now a Criminal offence.
REQUIREMENT OF COMPANIES & EMPLOYEES:
Every company within the Irish State, which trades in any of the above mentioned businesses, is now required by Law to hold a ‘P.S.A Contractors Licence’.In addition to this, each and every one of the Security Guards must apply for their own individual licences (known as a ‘P.S.A Employee Licence’) which must be carried by the security staff at all times. Failure to do so is also a Criminal offence.This licence must be available for inspection at all times and surrendered to the PSA or the Gardai upon request.There is a strict 10-year vetting procedure by An Garda Siochana and the Revenue Commissioners, along with conformance to strict Quality Compliance Standards before an application for either licence is considered.
Penalties for the Householder/Proprietor are a €3,000 fine and/or 3 month in prison, along with a possible criminal record.Penalties for an unlicensed Security company are from a €3,000 fine and/or 3 months in prison, in addition to a possible criminal record.
Offending persons/companies can be reported directly to the P.S.A in confidence by telephone or via the website www.psa.gov.ieIf you are a Customer considering purchasing a new Security System or Service, it is now YOUR responsibility to ensure you buy from a Licenced company – innocent failure to do so, could land you with a fine and/or a Prison term with a criminal record.
For further Updates and Information, along with a list of Current Licensed Companies in your area, please go to: www.psa.gov.ie