At Action24 we have been delivering intelligent security solutions for over 30 years.
Action24’s HQ in Sandyford encompasses our retail outlet, our administration and support centre and our Alarm Receiving centre, AlarmControl24. Our aim is an integrated approach to all elements of security provision. From our locksmith department we provide keycutting, lock & safe fitting and gate automation. From our electronic security department we design, install and provide on going maintenance of intruder alarm, CCTV and access control systems.
The direct provision of all elements of the security cycle from a single location is unique in the security industry and the main benefactor is you, the customer.
Action24 are licensed by the Private Security Authority (PSA) to install and maintain Intruder Alarms, CCTV and Access Control Systems. We are certified by the NSAI to EN-50131, SR40 and PSA2006.
We are also members of the Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA) and recently received Qualsec accreditation.
Introducing Action24 and Peter Brady We are pleased to announce the amalgamation of our installation division, Action Security Systems and our monitoring division AlarmControl24 to form our new trading name of Action24. This natural step in our evolution as a business coincides with the investment we have recently made in our alarm receiving centre and a significant upgrade to all of our existing IT systems and network capabilities. Commenting on the rebrand, Aaron Mooney, Commercial Director said: “The rebrand is the most visible element of our strategic plan for the future. Our name has changed but the principles upon which Action Security has served our customers remains the same: intelligent security solutions and exceptional customer service.” We are delighted to welcome Peter Brady as our new Business Development Director. Peter was formerly Chief Technical Officer at Eircom Phonewatch and brings with him a technical expertise and industry knowledge that will help drive our ambitious plans.Please click here to view the article
Our Commercial Director, Aaron Mooney was quoted in an Irish Independent article this morning into the rising crime rates across rural Ireland. The full article is detailed below. “Rural homeowners are spending close to €10,000 on infrared CCTV cameras, burglar alarms, motion sensor security lighting, and underfloor safes, amid growing concern over the scourge of violent gangs. As the fear of break-ins and burglaries escalates, families are investing huge sums on surveillance technology. Security firms across the country report a heightened sense of vigilance and awareness. Among the most popular security options are panic buttons, intercom networks, motion sensor security lighting and underfloor home safes. Big purchases include families who are spending up to €4,000 on CCTV and €3,000 on electronic gates. PhoneWatch, the major provider of home security systems, now has more than 100,000 customers and reported that demand has been on the increase nationally. Martin Crothers, director of Crothers Security in Walkinstown, north Dublin, said fear was the main reason for the boom in sales, especially among those living in rural areas. A monitored CCTV system is the “minimum” for people whose house is in an isolated part of the country. He also pointed out that many burglars were now gaining entry by using a technique called “cylinder snapping”. They can break into a property within a matter of seconds, by simply applying enough force if there is a cylinder lock on a door. It is usually done with a pair of mole grips, or a claw hammer, snapping the lock it at its weakest point in the centre. Aaron Mooney, commercial director of Dublin-based security firm Action24, said there had also been a growing trend of burglars targeting homes in “clusters”. This means three or four properties are burgled in a particular area on the one night. “It indicates there are people travelling around hitting a group of houses they have selected as part of a single job. “We regularly install panic buttons – and more and more homeowners are looking to get them. They’re especially being bought for elderly relatives living on their own.” “We see a lot of evidence of phone lines being cut by thieves, which renders the alarm system redundant. He pointed out that in provincial Ireland phone lines tended to be more visible, compared with suburban locations, and this was a big risk. But thankfully people are getting away from phone lines altogether and moving towards wireless monitoring,” he added. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Niall Bishop, from Electro Automation in Dublin, said gangs were targeting the homes of people who commuted long distances to work. “So many people commute for work from rural areas; it means their houses are left unattended for long periods. Burglars view these properties as easy prey.” Ciaran O’Connell of security group Burglarybusters, said buying a door with a steel frame was the only way to ensure it would prevent a break-in. Martin Stairs, a Dublin-based security consultant, said the installation of automatic gates at entrances to houses were growing in popularity. He advised anyone living in a rural property to consider getting CCTV with infrared capabilities installed, because of the lower level of lighting compared with urban areas. “There’s the glow of the bright lights in the cities, but once you move out into the country, lighting is non-existent in some parts, so infrared CCTV is crucial.” He also pointed out that people were moving away from analogue cameras, and were instead purchasing megapixel HD devices. Credit: Irish IndependentPlease click here to view the article
According to the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, there are no plans to reopen the 139 Garda stations around Ireland which were closed since 2011 due to the economic downturn. This is despite pressure from opposition parties to reopen the stations to help to tackle apparent rising crime figures in rural parts of the country. In an interview with the Irish Examiner, the Minister stated strongly that she would not bow to this pressure stating that “This goes back to smart policing and putting gardaí where they are needed, there are the figures which show some areas of the country have far less crime than others,” Ms Fitzgerald also addressed the fact that she has doubled the amount of funding for local community-alert schemes in recent years by stating: “What you have to do is give the Gardaí the technology. People say you need the Garda station in order to have local knowledge. “What we are doing is around the country, you may not have a station but you will have a Garda responsible for that area, going out working with community alert.” The Minister has also come under some scrutiny due to the fact the the government has so far spent a total of €846,560 on maintaining the vacant stations. This averages out at around €7000 per station. This is contrasted to the €556,000 savings made per year due to the closure of the Garda stations under the Garda district and station rationalisation programme. Fianna Fail justice spokesman Niall Collins voiced his criticism on the matter stating: “It has been clear to us from day one that this policy was very dangerous. We can now see exactly the serious impact the policy has had on rural communities. “Towns across the country feel increasingly isolated and more vulnerable to criminals. “The closure of rural Garda stations in some cases accelerated the decline of some communities as private sector took its lead from the Government’s decision to withdraw state services” Keep your home & business secure in 2016 with a security package from Action24. Contact us today and let us help you determine the package that’s right for you.Please click here to view the article
It’s safe to say 2015 has been a big year for us. Over the last 12 months we have experienced continued growth as a company and in November we amalgamated our installation division Action Security with our monitoring division, AlarmControl24 to become Action24. We also welcomed Peter Brady to our team who has joined us as our Business Development Director. While it has certainly been an exciting year for us, none of this could’ve been possible without the continued support & business from our valued customer base. Our goal has always been to provide our customers with the best security solutions for your home & business. We will continue to carry this high standard of quality service right into the New Year for both our existing & new customers. While this is the season of goodwill we would still like to remind everyone to stay extra vigilant especially if leaving your home vacant at any stage over the festive season. If you are planning to make home security improvements as one of your primary New Year’s resolutions then we will be happy to assist you every step of the way. All of the team here at Action24 would like to wish all of our customers and their loved ones a very safe, enjoyable & Merry Christmas and a wonderful & prosperous New Year for 2016.Please click here to view the article
A court in Clare has heard how a “Good Samaritan” priest showed his festive spirit and dropped a serial burglar home after finding him hiding in a wardrobe in his home. Fr Paddy Conway (73) told the Ennis District Court that he had returned to his home on December 7th to discover that a concrete block had been thrown through his window. Upon searching the house, Fr Conway discovered that €20 was missing and subsequently found drug addict, Michael Clune (30) hiding in a wardrobe. Ironically, Fr Conway had received a Christmas card from Mr Clune just days before the incident. Fr Conway said “Michael told me that he thought that the house was empty and didn’t know I lived there,” “I said more or less to Michael I know your family and I know you since you’re a young lad and why would you do that to me?’,” “He asked me ‘Will you drive me downtown?’ and I said ‘I will but first you will have to give me my €20 back’”. He swore by all the gods in the world that he didn’t take it,””I said either you give me back the money or I take you to the garda and eventually he did give me the €20.” The priest then drove Mr Clune of Bridgeview, Roslevan, Ennis, back into the town and left him on reasonably good terms outside Ennis Cathedral. Fr Conway later reported the incident to Gardai upon receiving advice. Addressing the court, Judge Patrick Durcan described the burglary as “appalling”, adding: “When you open your wardrobe, the last thing you expect to see is Mr Clune.” Tara Godfrey, Solicitor for Mr Clune told the court that her client was damaged from years of substance and alcohol abuse and had recently started smoking heroin. Mr Clune –who has 69 previous convictions –pleaded guilty to the burglary and received an eight-month suspended prison sentence to run consecutive to the eight months that he is currently serving. Upon imposing the sentence, Judge Durcan stated “It is up to Mr Clune if he wants to go back to prison or not” and addressing him directly, he added: “I hope things work out well for you in prison.” Help keep opportunist burglars at bay in the New Year with our homeowner security package. Get in contact with Action24 today to book a service call.Please click here to view the article
Last week we discussed methods on how to keep your home secure this Christmas. This week we take a look at three New Year’s resolutions that a homeowner can put in place in order to ensure a safer & more secure home. Most New Year’s resolutions usually consist of short lived promises to keep fit and give up bad habits such as smoking, junk food & alcohol consumption. One of the most seldom kept resolutions however is towards improving the quality & security of the home. Here we explore some resolutions that a homeowner should consider when mapping out their plans for 2016. Form Good Habits While we begin the new year worrying about giving up our bad habits there are some good habits that may be formed also. Most of us have made the careless mistake of leaving a door or window unlocked when leaving the house. It’s important to note that making this mistake even just once may lead to an opportunist burglar entering your home and stealing your belongings. To prevent this, a checklist should be drawn up of all access points into the home. Using this checklist you should should try to make a habit of ticking off this checklist each time before you leave the house to make sure all windows & doors are secure. Soon enough you will find yourself doing this instinctively without needing to refer to the checklist at all. Update Your Security System The world changes constantly and the criminal underworld is no exception. Burglars have become more professional & meticulous in their planning so it is important to keep your security system up-to-date. With ever changing technology, burglars are developing new ways to beat these systems by using devices GSM Jammers to disable mobile phone systems that carry alarm signals. This is why it is worth investing in a high-quality & modern system that makes it impossible for burglars to enter your home. Get Involved With Neighbourhood Watch If there is a local neighbourhood watch group set up in your area then it is advisable to get involved as much as you can. This is a crime prevention programme aimed at gathering communities together to observe & report any suspicious activity in the local area. If there is no existing group then why not consider setting one up. Burglars will be less inclined to target areas where there is an active & visible group present. Make sure that there are visible signs and indicators that there is an active neighborhood watch scheme and strive to hold regular meetings each month. Here at Action24 we provide a full security package to suit all homes. If you’re considering reviewing your home security measures in the New Year then why not get in touch with us today and book a service call. Action24 would like to wish all of our valued customers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous & safe new year to all.Please click here to view the article
We’re just under two weeks away from Christmas and shoppers all over the country are scrambling to get their bits and pieces in before the big day arrives. Most people are busy mapping out their arrangements for over the festive season and many are planning to go away on holiday. Unfortunately crime doesn’t take a holiday and while Xmas is traditionally known as the season of goodwill this certainly doesn’t apply to the opportunist burglars around the country. This is the busiest time of year for burglars with many homes becoming an Aladdin’s Cave of jewelry, electrical items, cash & other items. There is also the rich pickings of homes left vacant by people who have chosen to head away for the seasonal break. That’s why it’s especially important to stay extra vigilant at this time of year. Here are some tips to keep your home from those less than festive burglars this Xmas. Keep Valuables & Gifts Out Of Sight There’s no better compliment for a nicely decorated Christmas tree than a neatly wrapped stack of gifts placed under it. While this is a festive tradition in many homes it can also serve as an incentive for a burglar to target your home. It’s quite common for criminals to assess the homes they are going to target before breaking in. To prevent this you should position your tree away from the window to minimize visibility from the street. All curtains and blinds should also be pulled when the occupant is out of the house. Keep All Windows & Doors Locked While this is basic common sense you would be surprised about how careless some homeowners can be when leaving their homes. There is a surprising amount of burglars that have entered a home right through the front door so it’s important to take extra caution. Other things like leaving a front light on when out in the evening time can also act as a helpful deterrent. Whether you’re out shopping, working or heading away for the holidays it’s important to triple-check that your doors, windows and all other access points to your home are properly secured. An open window or an unlocked door could make the perfect Xmas present for an opportunist burglar. Dispose Of Packaging Discreetly It’s common knowledge that many burglars assess the contents of a home by analysing the packaging left over from various electrical & valuable goods left out on the street. This practice is especially common at Christmas time. If you have been lucky enough to of received a lavish gift such as a flat-screen or a laptop it’s best to dispose of the packaging in a discreet manner instead of leaving it visible for all to see. You might just be advertising your home as a potential target for burglars. Notify A Neighbour If you are heading away this Xmas it’s best to notify a neighbour to keep an eye on your home while you’re on holiday. If you don’t know your them all that well then maybe invite a family member or a close friend to stay in the house while you’re away. Offering to reciprocate this favour may also prove as a good incentive to your neighbours to keep an extra eye out for your home in the future. Another good way to keep your home secure is by forming a neighbourhood watch group. Keep A Low Social Media Presence While Social Media is used primarily to connect with friends & family it can also be used for more sinister intentions. Burglars will go to any lengths to find new homes to break into including monitoring Social Media channels. If you’re heading away it’s extremely unwise to broadcast your travel plans to all and sundry. This also goes for flaunting your expensive new gifts online. This can serve as an open challenge for a burglar to target your home. Action24 offer a full security package for homeowners looking to beef up the security of their home this Christmas. Why not book a service call today and find out we can help you.Please click here to view the article
According to new data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), mobile criminal gangs are using the country’s high-speed road networks to make their escape from crime scenes. This data has revealed the existence of “corridors of crime” that match the main motorways and arteries around the country. The burglary rate is highest per head of population in the commuter belt and regions connected to Dublin through high-quality road networks. Incidentally burglary figures were down in less accessible areas. The CSO figures have revealed that Wexford is the biggest blackspot per head for burglary and related offences with 256 incidents per 100,000 population. This figure is over eight times the rate of Monaghan which the lowest ranking country for burglary figures. The next highest w 249 incidents per 100,000 was Dublin. This was followed closely by Kildare (241), Louth (234), and Wicklow (222) which made up the rest of the five highest blackspots in the country. All of these counties are directly connected to the capital by a series of high-quality motorway networks which were constructed during the Celtic Tiger era. The lowest rates occurred in Monaghan (31), Leitrim (43), Donegal (49) and Mayo (51)-these counties are largely served by single carriage regional roads and lie some distance away from Dublin. These new CSO figures are based on records from the first half of the year and show the continuing problem of mobile burglary gangs. In the first six months of 2015, Gardai recorded some 7,876 which amounts to a startling 330 a week. In response to this, Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan announced last week that there will be 6oo new Gardai recruited in the next year. The Government also approved funding for 200 new Garda vehicles in Budget 2016. The issue of rural crime and burglaries in particular has become a major issue in recent times with the main criticism directed at the closure of 139 Garda stations nationwide. Keep your home and business secure from the rising threat of burglaries with a full security package from Action24. Contact us today for a quote and let us help determine which solution is the best for you.Please click here to view the article
GSM/GPRS jammers are now ubiquitous throughout Ireland’s criminal underworld, causing justifiable concern for homeowners. Thieves employ these tools to block alarm systems which operate on the GSM/GPRS network from connecting with an alarm receiving centre. When these jammers are activated, the monitoring centre is not notified if an alarm is activated & can therefore not intervene to prevent the crime. Unfortunately, the availability of these devices is vastly increasing, with criminals now able to purchase them online for as little as €120. Homeowners whose alarm system is monitored via the cellular network are susceptible to jammers. Simply put, any device that sends signals via GPRS is using the cellular network & as such is vulnerable to jamming devices. Do not be taken in by unscrupulous alarm companies who claim their system boasts the latest anti-blocking technology. There is no device capable of notifying an alarm receiving centre that the signal has been blocked. Responding to this threat, in conjunction with malicious telephone line cutting by burglars, Action 24 developed our own radio network in 2009 to offer our customers the most secure form of alarm monitoring. This solution is impervious to the threats of jamming & line cutting since it does not require a phone line & does not operate on the cellular network. Action 24 are licensed by the PSA (Private Security Authority) to provide monitoring services in the Republic of Ireland and are certified by the National Standard Authority of Ireland (NSAI). The company is also a member of the Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA) and recently received Qualsec accreditation. Explore our range of security solutions herePlease click here to view the article