Warning from An Garda Siochana

Crime Prevention Advice from An Garda Siochana

COVID 19 -Crime Prevention Advice on Vacant Retail Premises

  • Ensure all entrance points to the building are protected with the best security solution, locks and bolts. If there are roller shutters, ancillary locking devices such as Shutter Locking Ram posts or Ground Locks should be used.
  • We would advise the removal and banking of cash from premises for businesses closing for extended periods. If you are keeping cash on site ensure your cash-safe is insurance rated for the appropriate amount.
  •  Limit the amount of cash stored on the premises or in ATM’s.
  • Consideration should be given to building a strong room/ Cash Office, where the safe, intruder panel & CCTV Recorder should be located.
  • Use lighting to draw attention and deter criminals from approaching entrances.
  • Routinely check the perimeter of your premises and inform Gardaí by telephone if you notice anything suspicious.
  • To allow for an appropriate response to a breach of security ensure that your alarm system is monitored by an Alarm Receiving Centre.
  • Periodically test your premises alarm system with your Alarm Receiving Centre.
  • You must only employ the services of a Private Security Authority (PSA) licensed alarm company to install and maintain electronic security systems, ensuring that the intruder alarm system is serviced at least twice a year.
  • Dual path intruder alarm signaling should be employed and connected to an Alarm Receiving Centre via, IP, GSM (Grade 3 or 4) or Radio backup.
  • Ensure that your alarm has adequate coverage, particularly in voids above ceilings, where Point to Point beams may be employed.
  • Vulnerable areas such as Cash Offices and where the intruder panel is located should have secondary devices to ensure a verified alarm is received by the monitoring centre.
  • If possible, install CCTV cameras which can be remotely monitored by an Alarm Receiving Centre and allow for the appropriate response should an incident occur.
  • Leave tills empty and open when not in use.
  • If CCTV is in use, ensure that signage is in place and complies with the requirements of GDPR.
  • Look for Garda assistance when attending to an alarm and consider employing the services of a Professional, Licensed Key-Holding Company.

COVID 19 - Businesses still operating

Our main concern here is potential increased cash volume and staff safety.

  • We would ask you to ensure strict till limits are adhered to.
  • Regular cash drops are made.
  • If possible the use of CIT solutions be considered to remove higher than normal cash.
  • Ensure time locked safes are used
  • Ensure PAB are working
  • Ensure opening and closing procedure are followed and any suspicious behaviour is reported to An Garda Síochána immediately.
  • Ensure cash rooms are secured and door access controlled and monitored either physically or electronically.
  • Routinely check the perimeter of your premises and inform Gardaí by telephone if you notice anything suspicious
  • To allow for an appropriate response to a breach of security ensure that your alarm system is monitored by an Alarm Receiving Centre.
  • Periodically test your premises alarm system with your Alarm Receiving Centre.
  • You must only employ the services of a Private Security Authority (PSA) licensed alarm company to install and maintain electronic security systems, ensuring that the intruder alarm system is serviced at least twice a year.
  • Dual path intruder alarm signaling should be employed and connected to an Alarm Receiving Centre via, IP, GSM (Grade 3 or 4) or Radio backup.
  • Ensure that your alarm has adequate coverage, particularly in voids above ceilings, where Point to Point beams may be employed.
  • Vulnerable areas such as Cash Offices and where the intruder panel is located should have secondary devices to ensure a verified alarm is received by the monitoring centre
  • If possible, install CCTV cameras which can be remotely monitored by an Alarm Receiving Centre and allow for the appropriate response should an incident occur.
  • Leave tills empty and open when not in use.
  • If CCTV is in use, ensure that signage is in place and complies with the requirements of GDPR.
  • Look for Garda assistance when attending to an alarm and consider employing the services of a Professional, Licensed Key-Holding Company.
  • Ensure HSE guidelines on social distancing are being adhered to

Please find attached link to the Fraud Smart initiative launched in October 2017 which is a Fraud Awareness Initiative by the Banking and Payments Federation. This is a good link for Business to give a snap shot of the different types of Fraud on the go in the current Climate.

https://www.fraudsmart.ie/personal/fraud-scams/