Gang admits to ram raid at Ernest Jones Jewellers
Members of a gang who carried out a ram raid attack on an Ernest Jones jewellers in Exeter have admitted to the £200,000 crime.
Three members of the gang threatened a female worker at the city centre branch of the jewellers, bringing the area to a virtual standstill while the fourth member of the gang manned a getaway vehicle.
While appearing at Exeter Crown Court, all four men admitted to taking part in the raid. They were brought to justice after a four month investigation, which saw police officers from London and Devon working together to solve the crime.
The robbery took place on the 11th February 2013 when three of the robbers entered the store during business hours and threatened a staff member. They then used a hammer to break into several jewellery display cabinets before making off with 30 Rolex watches. The robbers then jumped into their getaway vehicle and drove off at high speed.
The robbers were later apprehended at a number of addresses in the south eastern area of the town and all pled guilty to the crimes when they first appeared in court together. They were then remanded in custody until sentencing.
Barry Cotter, the judge presiding over their case, said:
“The judge who sentences this case will have to look very carefully at the background and the sentencing guidelines, but it is clearly a very serious offence.”
Vulnerable shop owners are advised to take precautions, such as installing security shutters, window bars and retractable grilles in order to avoid ram raids and burglaries on their premises.
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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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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