2013 May

Burglaries on the rise in Northampton

Northampton has seen a large spike in the number of burglaries being carried out in the town recently. Local police have stated that they believe the increase in burglaries is partly due to the number of residents who are simply not locking their doors and windows.

Officers say that the town’s north and eastern parts are at the epicentre of the burglary spike, and this is because burglars have taken to targeting unsecured homes in the area which are much easier to get into and out of without being noticed.

In just one week, three houses in Boughton, Lumbertubs and Thorplands were broken into and the burglars had, in all three cases, entered through an unsecured window or door.

Colin Irving, a North East Police Inspector, said:

“The warmer weather seems to encourage people to leave their properties insecure, which often results in an increase in burglaries at this time of the year. We ask people to make sure keys and valuable items are not left on display or in easy reach of cat flaps, letter boxes and downstairs doors and windows, and that they lock windows and doors even when leaving their home unattended for a short time.”

He added that people are able to make life much harder for prospective burglars and significantly reduce their risk being burgled – all by taking a few easy precautions.

Ensuring doors and windows are secured, and installing features such as bar gates and window bars can dramatically reduce the chances of a property being burgled.




Advice from Brown Security Installations on security bars for windows

If you are thinking of having window security bars installed, there are some basic things you should consider.

There are three types of window bar available - fixed, hinged, and removable.  Your decision on which option to choose will depend on why you need them, where they will be fitted (house or shop), the style you would like and also the size.

Fixed Home Security Window Bars:
Fixed, or non-removable, home security window bars are permanently bolted through the window frames into the structural framing. These bars are meant for constant, long-term use, where the homeowner doesn’t mind keeping the bars as being a permanent fixture on their windows and an emergency escape via the windows is not a primary concern. These come in a wide selection of sizes and styles, from standard options to decorative and luxurious styles.
Fixed bars are the lest expensive option for window security, providing a simple, low-tech, economical and highly-effective choice.  They are ideal for those basement or ground-level windows which might be hidden by outbuildings or bushes and otherwise hidden from sight.

Hinged Home Security Window Bars
Hinged, or swing, security bars are designed to swing open for cleaning, repair, or for emergency purposes. They may be secured through a padlock latch system or perhaps a quick release feature, Keyless Quick Release system, which works perfect for secondary escapes.

Removable Home Security Window Bars
Removable security bars are designed so that they may be completely taken off the windows. They are typically used for infrequent or temporary applications like shop fronts and cottage windows. These type of bars can be extremely handy in securing your home or store whenever you’re away.
Removable security window bars are an excellent option for anyone looking to adhere to local building and fire codesregulations regarding secondary escape routes. These bars have convenient locks on both sides, helping you to set them up on an as need basis. They can be purchased in a range of sizes and styles.

As well as providing additional security in areas with high crime levels, window security bars can also play a key role in guaranteeing the protection of youngsters and pets. Window openings – especially on upper floors – pose a dangerous falling hazard but with the bars installed, parents and caretakers can have satisfaction knowing they don’t have to fear about any incidences happening.

Brown Security Installations has over 25 years worth of experience in all elements of physical security including window bars.  If you could like a consultation, please call us today for a free of charge – no obligation – quotation



Burglars from Sheffield break into a house and steal family car

Two burglars from Sheffield  have been jailed for breaking into a house and stealing the car parked outside.

Shaun Robinson, aged 30, of Roscoe Drive, Stannington, was jailed for 32 months, while his accomplice, 24-year-old  Neville Clarke, of Essex Road, Norfolk Park, has sentenced to 22 months behind bars.

The pair targeted a house in Holmesfield, Derbyshire, where they smashed a window  to break in.  Once inside, they stole a television, an Apple iPad, tablet and a set of keys to a car parked on the driveway.

Anyone with information about burglaries is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Brown Security recommends taking extra precautions by always ensuring your car keys are out of sight and considering a garage with roller garage doors if you have space.  Additionally, window bars and bar gates are a useful deterrent.




Swansea police appeal for information after morning burglary

Police in Swansea are asking for information after a sizeable gold jewellery collection was taken in a morning burglary on Friday 26th April.

It is thought that a number of the pieces taken had origins abroad and, as well as being rare and expensive, had a significant sentimental value to the owner.

Among the pieces taken was a recognisable elephant pendant on a chain of gold and a matching set of earrings. There was also a gold heart pendant, a Greek charm bracelet and a butterfly pendant.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have information, particularly those in the St Helens area of the city where the incident happened, to get in contact. Officers are also asking those in the jewellery and gold trades to look out for the distinctive items.

Paul Howles, Detective Constable of Swansea Central CID, spoke about the incident:

“A substantial amount of jewellery was stolen, many of the items stolen were purchased abroad and will very almost impossible to replace. This burglary has happened in broad day light on a busy street, where there are a large amount [sic] of private dwellings.

“I am appealing to the neighbours or anyone else who was in the vicinity at the relevant time and saw any suspicious persons or vehicles to come forward.”

Police in the area have, in the past, encouraged homeowners to ensure their properties are secure. Many choose to do this with the help of equipment such as lockable security gates and roller garage doors



Crime in Greenwich drops by 6 per cent in twelve months

A recent police report has revealed that criminal activity across Greenwich has dropped by six per cent in the last 12 months, with robbery and burglary figures the lowest they’ve been in 12 years.

In total, there were 1,357 fewer incidents reported in the area between April 2012 and March 2013 than there were the previous year, according to figures gathered by the Metropolitan Police.

One of the area’s top officers said the impressive figures were down to a combination of public efforts and the efficient work and proactivity of local police.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Greenwich’s borough commander, spoke of the stance taken to combat burglary and robbery. He said:

“We have increased our focus on proactive policing around these kind of offences.  Specialist officers respond to all allegations of robbery across the borough in order to conduct a prompt initial investigation within ‘the golden hour’.”

The report showed that the number of robberies in the area had seen a reduction of 64 per cent from its peak in 2006, when 1,383 offences were recorded. The latest number is 497 – which represents a 27.7 per drop on last year’s figures alone.

The number of burglaries saw a significant drop, from 2008’s figure of 3,576 to 2,268 – a 36.5 per cent reduction. This includes 275 fewer reported incidents than were recorded last year.

While the numbers are certainly impressive, homeowners are still encouraged to ensure their properties are secure. Many choose to do this with the help of increased safety measures, such as window bars and bar gates




Burglars push man out of first floor window in Milton Keynes

Five burglars threatened a man at knifepoint at a house in Milton Keynes and pushed him out of a first floor window.

The men knocked on the door of a house in Stourhead Gate, Westcroft, on Thursday night, and forced their way in when it was answered.  The victim was forced upstairs to look for money and jewellery.

He was pushed from the window while trying to escape and suffered injuries to his legs and back and is being treated at Milton Keynes General Hospital.

Police said other people in the house were assaulted on the ground floor of the house.

The burglars took a small amount of cash and drove off in a small black car, possibly a Vauxhall Corsa.  They are described as Asian men, with their faces concealed by scarves, and are believed to have spoken with Pakistani accents, police said.

Det Sgt Luke Grove added: “This was a particularly aggressive burglary in the presence of the occupants including young children.  We would encourage anyone who saw a group of men in the area behaving suspiciously to contact us.  We would also like to speak to anyone who saw a suspicious small black car in the location last night”

To prevent burglary at your home or place of work, Brown Security Installations woudl recommend window bars or retractable gates.  Both allow air and light into the building but prevent unwanted visitors.



It only takes a minute to keep on top of home security

The clocks going forward on the 31st March often leads to an increase in sneak-in burglaries in particular, throughout the Spring and Summer months. The peak is usually in June.

West Yorkshire Police are continuing with their  ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ campaign, which will run from week commencing 25th March to the end of September, to encourage everyone to think about their home security and ‘lock up or lose out!’.

The campaign is titled ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ as it only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows but it is also the same amount of time that it could take a burglar to enter your house and steal your belongings.

The key messages of the campaign are:

  • It only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows to secure your home.
  • It only takes a minute to hide valuables out of view.
  • It only takes a minute for a burglar to enter your property and steal valuable belongings if your doors or windows are unlocked.
  • You should keep doors and windows locked, even when you are in the house and when you get home. Try to change your habit if you don’t lock your door behind you.
  • Door chimes and burglar alarms will deter a burglar from entering your property.
  • Always remember to switch on your burglar alarm if you have one.

Being a victim of sneak-in burglary can have both emotional and financial effects. High value goods are costly to replace if stolen, and items such as phones and cameras often hold information with sentimental value such as photos, which cannot be replaced.

  • Many insurance companies will not pay out if your home has been burgled while insecure.
  • Keep doors and windows locked when in the garden having BBQs, gardening, hanging out the washing, etc.
  • Don’t leave garden tools or furniture outside, as they can be used by burglars to enter your property.
  • Dispose of packaging for expensive items properly; don’t advertise what is in your house.

Register your property on www.immobilise.com so that if it is stolen and recovered by the Police it can then be returned to you.
Download free tracking software onto mobile phones and laptops.

For more information about home security call 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer.

Brown Security Installations would also recommend the following security measures:

  • Bar gates – can be used as extra security over your front door or also between the alley-ways of terraced houses
  • Window bars – mostly used for work premises and vulnerable and isolated windows
  • Retractable gates – sometimes known as lattice gates, which can be used in the home or workplace
  • Roller garage doors – to keep your vehicle and garage contents secure
  • Security mesh for windows – can be used in the workplace or also in the home to avoid windows being smashed






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Burglary rates in Norfolk at an all time low

A new report has revealed that burglary rates in the Norfolk area are now at the lowest they’ve been for a generation.

The latest figures show that there were 1,372 incidents of home burglary in the area in the past 12 months. This is a 73 per cent drop since the mid-1990s, when over 5,000 were reported each year.

The less-than-impressive figures revealed in the 90s did prompt many homeowners to increase their security efforts and whilst numbers have dropped, police in the area are still encouraging residents to ensure their properties are secure.

The current focus of police in Norfolk is on the incidents of criminal activity which have the most significant effect on the community and, as a result, there are now fewer than four burglaries in the county each day.

Norfolk Police’s Chief Superintendent, Nick Dean, spoke of the success, saying:

“Home burglary rates in our county are now at some of the lowest levels recorded which is testament to some really focused work to reduce the impact of this crime.

“We also recognise that this can only be achieved with the continued cooperation of partner agencies, community-based organisations such as Homewatch, and vigilant members of the public.”

The impressive reduction is being attributed to the crime-fighting strategies introduced by Norfolk Police over recent years. One initiative, for example, is Integrated Officer Management, which has seen the force put emphasis on the area’s most prolific offenders.

If you are concerned about crime, there are endless ways to make your home or place of work.  Brown Security Installations has a wealth of experience in installing window bars, bar gates and retractable gates.