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Clare Champion Living Newspaper                                                                                5th October 2012

Entries sought for clasic music scholarship

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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West Cork People Newspaper                                                                                        5th October 2012

€2,000 clasical music scholarship for Cork schools

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Tipperary Star Newspaper                                                                                               4th October 2012

€2,000 clasical music scholarship

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Corkman  Newspaper                                                                                                        4th October 2012

Bursaries for student

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Waterford Today                                                                                                                    3rd October 2012

€2,000 clasic music scholarship for Waterford Schools

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Dungarvan Observer                                                                                                              3rd October 2012

€2,000 clasical music scholarship for Waterford Schools

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Southside People                                                                                                                      3rd October 2012

Musicians flex their fingers for top prize

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Kildare Nationalist                                                                                                                         2nd October 2012

Flex your fingers

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Leinster Express                                                                                                                           2nd October 2012

Music Scholarship for 6th year students

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Argus Newspaper                                                                                                                          3rd October 2012

Students could win Music Bursary to tune of €2,000

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Sunday Independent                                                                                                            30th September 2012

Clasical €2,000 scholarship award

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Evening Echo                                                                                                                           29th September 2012

Music Bursary

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship Sponsored By Top Security Limited

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Offaly Express                                                                                                                       28th September 2012

Offaly students could win €2,000 music scholarship

Father Frank Maher Music Scholarship sponsored by Top Security Limited

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Echo Tallaght, Echo Lucan, Echo Ballyfermot, Echo Clondalkin                                             14th June 2012

Crime now costing small firms €1.5bn

National Crime Survey Sponsored by Top Security Limited

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Irish Daily Mail                                                                                                                                      26th May 2012

One in three businesses hit in €1.5bn crime spree

National Crime Survey Sponsored by Top Security Limited

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Irish Examiner                                                                                                                                     26th May 2012

Crime costs SME's €1.5bn a year

National Crime Survey Sponsored by Top Security Limited

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Irish Independent                                                                                                                             26th May 2012

Small firms pick up crime tab

National Crime Survey Sponsored by Top Security Limited

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NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                                 25th May 2012

Business Crime Costing SME's €1.5bn Per Annum

National Crime Survey Sponsored by Top Security Limited

  • One-third of SME's have been the victim of crime in the last 12 months.
  • 75% of effected enterprises experienced more than one instance of crime.
  • 70% of business owners believe that crime levels are getting worse.
  • A paltry 3% feel that the judicial system is effective.
  • Tougher court sentencing and increased Garda presence demanded.
  • Seperate recording of business crime urgently needed.

ISME, Friday, May 25th, 2012.

The National Crime Survey (sponsored by Top Security Ltd) issued today (25th May 2012), by ISME the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, confirms that the annual cost of crime is now €1.5bn.  The survey reveals that while the number of enterprises affected by crime has reduced slightly, the number of incidents and the costs of crime against business have incresed in the last 12 months.  The Association called on the Government to prioritise business crime, an areas that has not, to date, received the attention it warrants.

The results of the survey, which attracted a response from 648 businesses, confirms that in the last 12 months, one thrid of companies (32%) , have been the target of criminal activity.  Construction (61%) and the Retail (44%) sector were the areas of the business community most affected. 

The ISME National Crime Survey Report (sponsored by Top Security Limited) is available for dowload at www.isme.ie

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Broadcast Interviews - National Crime Survey with Mark Fielding, Chief Executive, ISME

National Crime Survey Sponsored by Top Security                                                                    30th May 2012

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Sunday Independent

7 May 2012

Top Security Chairman, Emmet O'Rafferty writes rugby article for Sports Section. Page 10.

Foreign influence has shown natives how to win.

IRFU plan will stunt growth of Irish talent, says Emmet O'Rafferty.

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The Sunday Business Post

29 April 2012

Movers & Shakers

Guy Davies is Top Security's new general manager in Dublin.  Davies joined the company in 2008 in the role of commercial manager.  Before that, he was Dublin Port Company's international port operations manager for two years.

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Irish Examiner

30 March 2012

Guy Davies has been named as general manager with Top Security in Dublin.  He joined the firm as commercial manager in 2008 from Dublin Port Company, where he managed several overseas projects.  Born in England, he has also worked as a navigating officer in the South African merchant marine and in law enforcement.

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TV3 10.00pm  :  Lawless Ireland

16 April 2012

Oliver Duggan, Top Security Senior Managment and Security Expert - interview with Brian O'Donovan, programme writer and producer.   

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Top Security Announces the movement of professionals in the Security corporate world. 

30 March 2012

Guy Davies has been named as General Manager with Top Security in Dublin.  He joined the firm as Commercial Manager in 2008 from Dublin Port Co, where he managed several overseas projects.  Born in England, he has also worked as Navigating Officer in the South African Merchant Marine and in Law Enforcement. He has lived in Ireland since 2001.

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Irish Businesses Monitoring Customers and Not Informing Them

92% of Grafton Street premises in Breach of Data Protection Act

18th March 2009

The majority of public businesses on one of Dublin’s busiest shopping streets are in breach of the Data Protection Act by failing to inform their customers that they are under CCTV surveillance. This is according to a recent survey of CCTV systems on Dublin’s Grafton Street, carried out by Irish firm Top Security.

Despite legislation clearly stating that businesses using CCTV should inform their customers with a prominent clear sign, 66% of those operating CCTV failed to do so.  A total of 75 premises were visited as part of the survey where a total of 65 operated CCTV. As well as potentially weakening CCTV evidence in court cases, a breach of the Data Protection Act could also, after initial warnings, result in fines of up to €100,000.

The Data Protection Act also states that contact details of either the proprietor or the security company are clearly visible on the sign. Out of the 22 premises that displayed a sign only 5 gave any contact details, meaning only less than 1 in 10 (8%) of premises complied with their obligations under current data protection legislation.

Commenting on the results, Emmet O’Rafferty, Chairman of Top Security said: “The right to privacy is of utmost importance in this age of surveillance and communication and the Data Protection Act was drafted for a clear reason; to protect the privacy of Ireland’s citizens. In a time when other industries are potentially surrendering rights to privacy, we should be especially aware of our legal right to know when and why we are under video surveillance and who to contact if we have any issues.”

The Top Security survey was carried out by visiting every on-street business premises on Grafton Street including shops, banks, take-aways and cafes.  Where a CCTV camera was not observed a phone survey to confirm its absence was made. Other results from the survey include:

  • Banks were generally more conspicuous in their security measures than other businesses by providing large well displayed signs
  • Signage from shop to shop or even between the same companies showed no consistency 
  • Signs placed at the majority of shop entrances were generally low down, usually at the bottom of a window at ground level.

Under Section 2D of The Data Protection Act of 1988 and 2003 certain essential information must be supplied before any personal data is recorded. It states that: “this can usually be achieved by placing easily-read and well-lit signs in prominent positions.”  The Act also states that a contact (such as a phone number) is provided for persons wishing to discuss this processing. “This contact can be for either the security company operating the cameras or the owner of the premises.”

In Ireland for over 30 years, and also with established businesses in South Africa and the UK, Top Security provides a wide range of business and home security services including alarm, CCTV and industrial monitoring; manned guarding, mobile patrols, key-holding and retail security.

Editor’s note – The survey was carried out on Friday, the 13th of February on Dublin’s Grafton Street, and consisted of an examination of 75 prominent businesses that are open to the public.

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Check your Security List Twice this Christmas

Students Easy Prey for Thieves

Survey Reveals Complacency when it comes to Rental Accommodation Security

News Release - Thursday, October 16th, 2008      
As thousands of third-level students begin a new college year a survey conducted by Irish security company, Top Security, reveals students renting in Dublin compromise on security to save on pennies.  Two in three (64%) students stated they would choose to live in accommodation which was less than secure in order to save on rent money despite the fact that they could be prime targets for burglars, with almost half stating they own hi-tech equipment valued in excess of €2000.  Furthermore, close to half of those surveyed do nothing to protect these items when away from their accommodation.

The survey, which looked at the security standards of student accommodation off campus and student attitudes to security, reveals some surprising results. When asked about the occurrence of burglaries in their accommodation a shocking 1 in 3 (35%) said they or a fellow student had been victims of this crime in the past, showing how thieves often take advantage of some students’ lax attitude to security. 

Commenting on the findings Shane Kelly, President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said:

“Currently the average student in Dublin spends between €520 and €650 a month on accommodation off campus. Cheaper properties are often much less secure and as such pose a higher risk. Furthermore cheaper properties often have more students staying in them; increasing the value of goods in the property and making it much more attractive to any would be thief.”   

When students were asked if they believe their landlord had taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their accommodation, 2 in 3 (61%) weren’t satisfied that they had.  Despite this, the same number (61%) never addressed their security concerns with their landlord.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • When leaving the house for more than a day, only 40% would lock them safely away and only 11% would leave them in the care of another housemate  
  • 84% of all students surveyed own a mobile phone, 66% own computers. 66% own iPods/MP3 players.
  • 48% value their hi-tech possessions in excess of €2,000, 26% at €1000- 2000, 20% valued theirs at €500- 1000 and 6% at €100-500.
  • 76% have no insurance to cover theft of these items

Emmett O’Rafferty, Group Chairman, Top Security said:
“Many students are living away from home for the first time and have never had to think about security before- it being perceived as their parents’ concern. This lack of security awareness seems to be the biggest aid to thieves. The problem is compounded by the fact that students are under increasing financial pressure and as a result may be forced to live in substandard accommodation leaving them further at risk of burglary.”

O’Rafferty continued: “Top Security would advise that students become much more security conscious and take some very simple measures to ensure the safety of their accommodation.”

As a guide to choosing secure accommodation, Top Security has issued its own Top Seven Student Security Tips:

1. Simple things count
Its common sense, but always lock doors and windows (including upstairs) when leaving the house even for a few minutes. Pay particular attention to back doors which should have a self closing device and deadbolt lock. Ensure your bedroom door has a lock. Give the impression someone is home by putting lights on timers and leaving stereo/TV on when out.

2. Think like a burglar
Do a walk around the property and ask yourself: how would I break in?  This will help identify easy access areas and where a security light may be required.  Stand outside the windows and look in to see what the burglar can see!  Avoid leaving windows bare.  Ask parents and family for old nets, blinds or curtains.  

3. Security Awareness
When in shared accommodation make sure everyone understands the importance of home security.  It only takes one person to make everyone else’s belongings easy target.  Create a student neighbourhood watch in your area and also get to know your own neighbour.  

4. Loose Lips
Never boast or discuss in public what you have as it may be over heard by the wrong person.

5. The value of your laptop/computer grows greater every month
Do you realise the true value of your Laptop/Computer?  Hundreds of hours of work are stored there. Always use passwords and user names that are hard to break.  Archive and store copies of important files and project work using secure online storage.

6. Talk to your landlord about security
Despite your financial situation, it is your responsibility to choose accommodate with adequate security.  Talk to the landlord about security at the accommodation and if it looks unsafe, speak with your feet and don’t live there.

7.  Ensure your accommodation has a monitored security alarm fitted
A burglar alarm correctly fitted by an approved installer is a very good deterrent – if not already installed it’s a matter to take up with the landlord.  Make sure it is monitored so that if a burglar does manage to get in keyholders and the Gardai can be notified immediately.

And finally- insure your valuables through your own policy or that of your parents

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Check your Security List Twice this Christmas
-Security Expert’s Tips to Thwart Thieves from Ruining Your Christmas-

With the Christmas season now upon us, many are already braving the crowded streets and busy stores in search of that perfect gift to give their loved ones. There are those, however, who look at Christmas not as a time for giving, but as a time for taking-taking your Christmas presents.

Irish security company Top Security warns that during Christmas thieves can see houses as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for their own shopping and swing into high gear.  Emmet O’Rafferty, founder and Chairman of Top Security, says: “As the volume of valuable, easy-to-grab gifts in your home increases, it can become a veritable treasure trove for a burglar. Now is a good time to remind people to take some simple security steps to ensure their Christmas isn't spoiled by criminals.”

Top Security’s top tips include:

  1. For any outdoor Christmas lights, have an electrician install an outside socket rather than feeding extension chords through open windows or doors. Burglars will look for unlocked doors and windows before resorting to forced entry. The outdoor socket will cost more than an extension chord, but could save you thousands in the long run.
  2. Don’t place your Christmas tree by a window for all to see. Burglars are opportunists and this is an open invitation for them to check out ‘the goods’. Wait until the last minute to place gifts under the tree and, after the big day, break down gift boxes and conceal them in black bin liners in your bin.  Never pile up empty boxes from gifts outside because burglars can then see that you received a new computer or DVD player.
  3. Don’t post your family name on your mailbox or on your house. A criminal can call directory enquiries to get your telephone number and call your home while outside your house to confirm that you are away. 
  4. Don’t leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like, “You’ve reached the Murphy’s…we’re away for the Christmas holidays…please leave a message.” Criminal’s love to hear that they have plenty of time to break in and steal from your home. 
  5. If heading out to visit relatives or to do some more shopping, create the illusion that someone is at home by leaving a radio or TV on. Light timers are relatively cheap and are a great deterrent as well. 
  6. If going away for Christmas, do not hide the spare key under flower-pots or on top of door ledges- even a novice burglar will check out these ‘hiding spots’. If you are leaving a key for use in an emergency, give it to a trusted neighbour or a relative. Ask that person to check on your house while you are away and collect any accumulating mail.
  7. Make your home as difficult to break in to as possible. Check that all doors have strong locks and that any sliding doors are secured. Homes not easily and quickly broken into are most often bypassed for easier targets   
  8. If you have an alarm, use it. It’s easy to forget to activate your alarm especially when you are popping next door or down to the shops for a last minute item. Even when you are in the house at night, it is advisable to activate your alarm.Consider strongly a monitored alarm system as this is one of the most cost-effective and easiest to manage deterrents. The immediate response that monitoring provides dramatically minimises the potential risk of loss and damage to your property.
  9. If your alarm is monitored and you are going on holidays, be sure to inform your alarm monitoring company of the new temporary key holder.

For more information, please contact:

Ronan Roche          
Bvisible Communications
01-845-2401 
087-065-7456
ronan@bvisible.ie

Julie O Donnell
Bvisible Communications
01-845-2401
087-121-4913
julie@bvisible.ie


About Top Security:
Top Security has more than 25 years of experience in both traditional security services and specialised IT security products and services for the consumer and business market.  Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Ballymount, Top Security continues to develop highly specialised solutions for its clients, across a wide array of security needs, including; Alarm Monitoring, CCTV & Industrial Monitoring, Security Services, Security Guards, Mobile Security Patrols, Key-holding & Retail Security.  

Through its IT arm, Topsec Technology, the company provides and develops its own online and IT security measures including email content filtering (Blockmail), a free web-based email service (TopMail) and personal security using phone technology (TopLocate).  Additional business services include firewall security, VPNs and intrusion detection as well as data communication, internet access and provisioning.

With more than 2,000 employees and operations in Ireland, the UK and South Africa, Top Security clients include State and semi-state bodies, large corporations, property companies, multinationals and residential customers nationwide. Top Security’s commitment to integrity, the highest standards and providing customer value continues to distinguish it as one of the most trusted and respected security providers in the industry.  More information can be found at www.topsecurity.ie
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