2013 June

Men arrested over raid on Apple store in Regent Street, London

Smash and grab thieves were chased through London at high speed by police cars and a helicopter after a raid on the Apple Store in Regent Street earlier today.

Five suspects on three scooters were seen breaking a 40 cm hole through the toughened glass windows with axes and hammers but they fled empty handed as police arrived just after 1.00 am.  It is though officers lost sight of the suspects at first but then one of the scooters was spotted by the police helicopter and the chase resumed.  The aircraft tracked two alleged members of the gang to an address in Islington where they were arrested.

In Regent Street today, Apple store workers were clearing up after the attempted raid.

On this occasion, toughened glass appears to have prevented anything being taken from the store.  Other security measures that can protect vulnerable shop fronts are window security mesh and shop roller shutters.

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New head of Harrow’s Police force ready to tackle burglary head on

The new head of Harrow’s police force has said he is ready to face the borough’s burglary problem head on.

Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens is now Harrow Police’s borough commander after his appointment last week. He is taking the reins from Chief Superintendent Dal Babu, who retired last month.

Ovens explained the tough challenges ahead of him, saying:

“I am delighted to be here. I have always thought my natural habitat is policing a borough and it’s exciting to be in a part of London I haven’t worked in before.

“Harrow is a quiet borough but there are problems with burglary, robbery and anti-social behaviour and my main focus will be to lock up those who commit crime.”

Ovens, 46, went on to state his intention to push for more proactivity from his officers – ensuring patrol time is spent effectively.

Among the first items to be addressed will be the future of Pinner police station’s front counter. The counter is run solely by volunteers and the London Mayor’s Crime and Policing Plan had suggested it will close.

However, in a statement that will please the local community, Ovens said:

“Pinner will still be a police station and the front counter will remain open for as long as volunteers are happy to do it.”

People in Harrow are fully aware of the area’s less-than-impressive crime rates and many choose to boost their home security efforts with the help of security bar gates, security bars for windows and roller garage doors.

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Man arrested on suspicion of ram raid at Norwich Golf Club

In the last few weeks, a man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after an attempted ram-raid at the popular Royal Norwich golf club, in the Hellesdon area of Norwich. The man is said to have been released on police bail.

The 33-year old man was arrested after an alarm was activated at the golf club on Drayton High Road, at around 3am in the morning. The police acted promptly and found a stolen Vauxhall Vectra on the scene. The stolen vehicle had been used in an attempt to gain entry to the golf club by ramming the security roller shutters, which are attached to the work shed area of the club.

A suspicious man was spotted close to the scene and picked up by vigilant police, who took him to Aylsham police station for further questioning about the incident. The man was later released on bail until June 27th, in order to give police time to continue with their enquiries and look into the matter further.

The car, which had been stolen around one hour prior to the attempted ram-raid, was driven into a roller shutter of a shed used by the greenskeeper, in a suspected attempt to gain entry into the club. The shed houses a number of valuable pieces of equipment, including tractors and lawnmowers.

Thanks to the presence of the roller shutter doors being in place a potential burglary was foiled, showing just how important it is for business premises to have good security measures in place.

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Brown Security Installations: http://www.brownsecurityinstallations.co.uk

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Cheltenham residents told to tighten up home security

The recent warm weather has been a blessing to residents in Cheltenham, however, it has also been an opportunity for burglars in the area, who have been taking advantage of lax summer security by entering homes through unlocked doors and windows.

Three homes have been burgled in the recent warm spell, due to homes being left unsecured.  This has prompted Cheltenham Police to warn residents about tightening up their security.

On Thursday 6th June, one home was burgled in Margaret Road at 3.30am, with a gold ring and wallet being stolen from the property.   It is alleged that the burglar entered via the front door which had been left unlocked.

And on Wednesday 5th June at around 11.00 pm, another burglar broke into a property in Farm Close, stealing a leather handbag from the owner’s kitchen.

Also, a home in Hatherly was entered via the front door and keys and money were taken without the occupants being aware of the theft.

Police fear that more burglaries could take place while the weather is good. They have advised local residents to ensure their homes are secured by locking doors and ensuring that regular security measures are undertaken about and not “forgotten” in the good weather.

Simple security measures like ensuring roller garage doors are down and locked, installing lockable security bar gates and burglar alarms are  great ways to avoid thefts. Encouraging neighbours to look out for suspicious activity is also advisable.

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Neighbourhood watch: http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

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Neighbours foil burglary in Northampton

Vigilant neighbours at Wollaton Road, Northampton, helped to stop a burglary which was in process by alerting the police, who caught the two criminals in the act.

The court heard that the two offenders, Shannon Dar and Adam Blake, had decided to find a suitable home to burgle after leaving local bookies. However, things did not go to plan, and their attempted burglary was foiled when observant neighbours noticed them banging on the door of a home belonging to a couple. The two occupants were out at work at the time of the incident, which took place last year on 2nd October.

When the men disappeared to the rear of the home, they attempted to gain entry to the building by kicking the door off its hinges. This was to be their ultimate downfall, as it set of a burglar alarm the owners had previously installed.

Burglar Blake had a history of committing burglaries in the area; he was sentenced to a year in prison after confessing that he had attempted to burgle the Wollaton Road house.

Andrew Hamilton, the Judge on the case, said:

“If it hadn’t been for the alarm going off, they would have gone in and stolen what they could get their hands on. You were caught because police came quickly and because neighbours opposite kept a close eye on what was going on and gave a full description of clothing to police.”

His accomplice, Shannon Dar, was handed a one year sentence.

It is clear that taking security precautions, such as installing burglar alarms and roller shutters, can help to prevent burglaries.

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Man arrested on suspicion of burglary in Norwich

Earlier this week, a man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after an attempted ram-raid at the popular Royal Norwich golf club, in the Hellesdon area of Norwich. The man is said to have been released on police bail.

The 33-year old male was picked up by officers after an alarm was activated at the golf club on Drayton High Road, at around 3am in the morning. The police acted promptly and found a stolen Vauxhall Vectra on the scene. The stolen vehicle had been used in an attempt to gain entry to the golf club by ramming the metal shutters, which are attached to the work shed area of the club.

A suspicious man was spotted close to the scene and picked up by vigilant police, who took him to Aylsham police station for further questioning about the incident. The man was later released on bail until June 27th, in order to give police time to continue with their enquiries and look into the matter further.

The car, which had been stolen around one hour prior to the attempted ram-raid, was driven into a roller shutter of a shed used by the greenskeeper, in a suspected attempt to gain entry into the club. The shed houses a number of valuable pieces of equipment, including tractors and lawnmowers.

Thanks to the presence of roller shutter doors, a potential burglary was foiled, showing just how important it is for business premises to have good security measures in place.

http://brownsecurityinstallations.co.uk/products/Roller_Shutters/