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Man jailed after pleading guilty to two burglaries in the Square Mile, London

A city man who broke into two flats in the Square Mile and stole thousands of pounds worth of property was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday 5th July to four and a half years imprisonment for two burglary offences.

Mark Tomas Goldsmith, aged 47 from Lewisham, was seen breaking into a property in Wormwood Street in the City.   He took a number of items, including laptops, a camera and jewellery.  As this investigation progressed, Goldsmith was found to be responsible for a second burglary at an address in Little Britain on the 28th May.

On both occasions Goldsmith forced his way into the properties and at each address he left a  “trail of destruction caused by the havoc he wreaked” as stated by the Judge on Friday.

Goldsmith was arrested on 12th June after he was identified on CCTV and he pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared at court on 25th June.

DS Mark Simmons of the City of London Police Burglary Squad said: “This sentencing provides reassurance to our residents in the Square Mile and will prevent Goldsmith from committing further burglaries in the City.”

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There is always increased levels of crime in cities and if you live in an area like this, it is paramount that you have sufficient security measures in place to protect your home.  As well as burglar alarms and CCTV, homeowners should also consider physical home security measures such as metal bar gates for front doors, window bars and security shutters for the home.

Brown Security Installations has a wealth of experience in residential security and covers London and the South East.  Contact us today for a free of charge – no obligation – quotation.

Woman threatened with firearm in Harlow

Detectives are appealing for information after a burglary in Harlow, in which a group of men burst into a house and threatened a woman with a firearm.

Four men broke in to a property on Old Road and pushed a handgun to the woman’s face before stealing cash and jewellery between 10 and 11pm on Monday, July 8, 2013.

The suspects ran away from the house. Three of the four men were wearing balaclavas while the fourth, was wearing a blue top.

Investigating Officer, Dc Ryan Burgess, said: “We’re confident that people living on Old Road near to its junction with Bury Road would have seen and heard a commotion at 11pm on Monday night. We would urge them to contact us so that we can identify these men while also allaying this woman’s fears for her safety.”

A search of the area was carried out by armed officers and the police helicopter but the men could not be found.
Anyone with information in connection with this burglary is urged to contact detectives at Harlow police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In the last few months, Brown Security Installations has seen an increase in enquiries for security gates for front doors.  Taking measures like installing security bar gates can provide an extra layer of protection when you are thinking about home security.  Contact us today for a free of charge, no obligation quotation.  Brown Security Installations provides home security for Essex and the South East, including Harlow.

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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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.


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.

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


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 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.


Crime in the Sutton area of London reduces but burglary numbers rise

Crime in the Sutton area of Greater London has been reduced by 5% – but the burglary numbers have risen sharply.

In the 12 months since April 2012, the number of criminal incidents in Sutton dropped by 5.2%, or 606 victims. Crime in the area has fallen every year since 2009.

However, in a stark contrast, burglaries have risen by 18.6%, or 137 victims. Also, car-related incidents have risen 8.3%.

Guy Ferguson, the town’s Borough Commander, said that the overall reduction is good news but the force is disappointed with the burglary numbers. Talking about the plans to improve security for residents, he said:

“We are getting some good information from residents about criminal and anti-social behaviour and we are acting on this information – as a result we are carrying out search and arrest warrants almost every day to make these activities stop.”

It has been suggested that high gold prices could be a factor in the burglary increase; this after a surge in criminals targeting valuable jewellery at the end of 2012. The spate of incidents led to many residents increasing home security efforts. People often choose to install bar gates and mesh grills, which can act as strong visual deterrents against prospective burglars.

Other areas where numbers have fallen include domestic violence and personal robbery, which dropped by 8%.

Ferguson went on to claim the force is determined to do whatever it can to ensure the area is safer for both residents and workers.

Brown Security Installations has a wealth of experience in installing security measures for the home and workplace and covers London and the South East.  Simple measures such as roller shutters, bar gates, window bars and retractable gates can all be installed quickly and in colours to compliment your existing premisis

Contact us today for a free of charge – no obligation – quotation


Brown Security Installations – How to avoid becoming a victim of burglary

Lincolnshire Police recommend the following steps to avoid becoming a victim of burglary:

When you go out, always close and lock the external doors and windows, even if you are just going out for a short while.

Remove all valuables from out of sight. Remember if they can’t see it, they can’t take it! Keep them safe.

Keep spare keys safe and out of sight. Would-be offenders could not only break into your property but could also steal your car!

Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and carefully directed security lighting can put a burglar off.  Remember, less darks spots means less hiding places for someone not wishing to be seen!

Never leave garages or sheds unlocked. Your tools inside could prove to be very useful to a would-be offender who wants to gain access to your property.

Ensure that your garden is just as secure as your home itself. Do not leave anything of value such as bikes; children’s play equipment or gardening tools on full view. Make sure that they are locked away and out of sight when not in use.

If you are going away on holiday, remember to cancel milk deliveries etc. Ask a responsible neighbour to make sure that any post that is delivered is pushed right through the letterbox. Ensure that all windows and doors are locked. Use timer switches for lights and radios, as they will create the impression that someone is in.

Any plants, trees or bushes need to be well maintained if they are at the front of your property. This is so that they provide natural surveillance for you as the homeowner and to also ensure that would be offenders cannot use overgrown trees etc as climbing aids or hiding places.

Always keep gates locked when not in use. Easy access to a property is often the trigger that makes a property an attractive target. Don’t make it easy for them!

An intruder alarm installed and used properly can deter the burglar. Seek expert advice when installing an alarm and ensure that they are members of the Security Systems Inspectorate Body (UK AS- United Kingdom Accreditation Service) as they fit British Standards (BS 4737) (EN 50131).

Property marking is an effective way of deterring thieves. By marking things such as electrical goods with your postcode and house number, this reduces the opportunity for thieves to sell the goods on. Property marking also increases the chances of returning your goods, if you happen to become a burglary victim.

Brown Security Installations would also recommend ensuring that as well as electronic security devices, you also consider physical security such as window bars, retractable gates, bar gates and roller garage doors.  These can all be installed to blend in naturally with your home surroundings to provide an additional layer of security