Ram raiders caught on camera

Two men have been jailed for an attempted ram-raid that they carried out using a sewage tanker. The pair attempted to take an ATM with the stolen vehicle in the South Lanarkshire area – but instead crashed into a local call-centre.

The whole incident was caught on CCTV and showed the tanker being driven into the call centre door, as well as repeatedly ramming into the ATM machine in an attempt to get at the cash stored within.

David Fowler and George Nicol took the tanker from East Kilbride and drove to Blantyre, where they attempted to ram-raid the HSBC cash machine on the 20th October last year.

The two men were arrested shortly after they crashed their vehicle, which was found to contain a shotgun and several rounds of ammunition.

George Nicol was given a prison sentence of five and a half years and his accomplice Fowler was handed down a five year sentence. Both men are currently serving their sentences at HMP Addiwell after pleading guilty to the charges of robbery and theft, as well as charges relating to the gun that was found in their vehicle.

Whilst CCTV cameras are useful for capturing the incident itself, it is imperative that commercial businesses also undertake preventative measures to ensure that their property is as safe as possible.  Security measures such as shop front roller shutters, anti ram raid security posts and industrial steel doors can help.

Brown Security Installations has a wealth of experience in commercial security.  Contact us today for a free of charge consultation and no obligation quotation.

Son of Trevor Francis accused of cottage burglary

James Francis, the son of football legend Trevor Francis, is currently standing trial. He is accused of burgling a cottage that forms part of a mansion, worth £1.6 million and owned by a former Aston Villa footballer. The incident is alleged to have taken place back in 2011.

James Francis denies the charges, stating that his fingerprints were only found at the scene of the crime because he had left them there when he visited in a work capacity. He stands accused of stealing a number of souvenir football shirts and designer women’s shoes.

Standing at Warwick Crown Court, Francis told the jury that he had previously paid a visit to the property in order to compile a quote for cleaning the home.

The prosecution, however, alleges that Francis broke in to the cottage while he knew the owners were away on holiday in 2011, between July 18th and August 3rd.

The court was told that the accused’s fingerprints were found on the unoccupied cottage’s door and were also discovered on a piece of cardboard at the property.

James Francis says that there is a perfectly innocent reason for his fingerprints being in the property. His parents once lived in one of the cottages on the property, so he was aware he needed to inspect the interior when making a quote for cleaning services.

The trial continues but it shows just how important it is for large properties to install quality security measures, such as lockable security gates, security window bars, lattice gates and lockable roller garage doors if they are to be protected from burglary.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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