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Ram raid at Supermarket in Cowbridge

A red Land Rover is reported to have been used in a supermarket ram-raid in the Cowbridge area. The vehicle was reversed into the shop front by robbers, who then made off with a small amount of stolen goods.

The supermarket ram-raid took place in the early hours of 16th June. The supermarket, which was targeted in the ram-raid, was the Filco store located in the main High Street area of Cowbridge.

Police commented on the case, saying that the robbers used the land Rover to reverse into the shop before one robber was spotted gaining entry to the closed supermarket. The intruder stole ‘a minimum amount of property’ before returning to the vehicle and making a getaway down Cowbridge High Street.

Speaking of the ram-raid, DC Craig Alexander from Barry CID, commented:

“This crime caused a considerable amount of damage while the perpetrators left almost empty handed. We are appealing for any information concerning the red Land Rover which will have a lot of damage to the rear of the vehicle and it also seems that its fuel tank was damaged during the incident.

“We know the vehicle headed toward the traffic lights shortly after 1.30am but want to hear from anyone who may have seen it as it left Cowbridge and what direction it took.”

It is believed the thieves could have got away with a lot more if it was not for the security roller shutters that were in place.  Generally, most shops install security shutters to prevent burglary and ram raids.  Other useful security measures are collapsible gates, sometimes referred to as lattice gates or retractable gates and also security posts, which can either be fixed into the ground or installed as removable security posts.

Brown Security Installations has extensive experience in all aspects of physical security for the home and workplace.  Contact us today for a free of charge consultation and no obligation quotation.

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

Courtesy of West Yorkshire Police

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


Leeds hotspot sees a reduction in burglaries

Homeowners in a Leeds burglary hotspot have seen the number of incidents fall by around 50% over recent months.

Figures released by West Yorkshire Police have revealed that burglaries in the areas of Stanningley and Bramley dropped to 198 incidents from April last year to the start of 2013; this compared with the previous year’s figure of 391.

The postcode LS13 was recently highlighted as one of the UK’s major crime hotspots when home insurance comparison site studied claim records.

While incidents of burglaries have fallen in Leeds over the last 12 months, the city is still among the UK’s worst areas statistically. Mark Burns-Williamson, the force’s Crime Commissioner, has stated that his force still needs to work hard to reduce the risks to the area’s residents. Speaking at a community forum, he said:

“While there have been some excellent reductions in burglaries we still need to do more to have a sustained effort to get that down. It has a big impact on individuals and families when it happens.”

Adding to Burns-Williamson’s statements, Peter Gruen, who is a key member of the Safer Leeds group, said:

“In Bramley and Stanningley burglary has reduced by nearly two thirds.

“This is a testament to the hard work and determination of the local partnership, which includes the local residents and councillors, the police and local housing providers working together.”

As well as the hard work put in by the police force, homeowners can further limit the risk of falling victim to burglaries with the help of window bars, bar gates and retractable gates

Brown Security installation has over 25 years worth of experience in the supply, servicing and repair of physical security products.  Please contact us today for a free of charge – no obligation – quotation