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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.

Eight arrested after burglary raids in Northampton

Half a dozen men and two boys have appeared in court on burglary charges after a series of raids were made in Northampton.

Local police took action against suspected local burglars by conducting raids on 13 properties on 10th July. Twelve people were formally taken into custody on burglary and drugs charges in the operation, which saw 80 police officers involved.

Police today released a statement saying that a quantity of illegal substances had been found, along with several items of stolen property – all of which were seized by offices as the raids were being conducted.

Last week, eight Northampton males – two of whom were aged 14 and 16 – appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court, where various charges were handed down. These included conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal, possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and handling stolen goods.

Patrick McMonigle, 23, Curtis Bryant, 22 and Jeffery George, 42, were all remanded in custody – the first two for conspiracy to commit burglary and the latter for conspiracy to commit burglary and possession with intent to supply.

Stuart Neal, 25, Callum Gordon, 23, and John Lavelle, 21 were all charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal, but were released on bail.

The two teens were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and the 16 year old was also charged with possession of a controlled drug.

Homeowners are advised to increase the security of their homes, with measure such as burglar alarms and security shutters, to prevent becoming victims of similar crimes.

Brown Security Installations has extensive experience in security for homes and we cover the Northampton area.  Contact us today for a free of charge – no obligation – quotation

Prolific burglar jailed for four years

A prolific burglar has been jailed for four years after admitting more than 160 offences in Essex and the Metropolitan Police area.

Radas Balkevicius of Daventry Road, Romford pleaded guilty to committing burglaries at Glovers Field, Kelvedon Hatch and Baddow Road, Chelmsford when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The 22-year-old also admitted committing many other offences, mainly residential burglaries, after interviews with police officers and these were taken into account when he was sentenced.

Balkevicius travelled across borders to commit crime in Essex and the Metropolitan Police area and was sentenced for a further 60 offences in Essex and more than 100 in the London area.

A/Det Insp Gary McNair said: “The judge has taken into account his cooperation with the investigating officers and clearly without this, a large number of these offences may never have been solved and therefore some form of closure would be denied to many of his victims.

“Burglary is a crime which causes great distress and often hardship to its victims and Essex Police will not cease in our efforts to bring burglars to justice.”

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Many home owners will think of installing a burglar alarm to keep their home safe, however, in this day and age, ringing burglar alarms are often ignored.  Additional home security measures such as window bars and roller shutters can be extremely useful in preventing burglary.  Roller shutters are not often thought of as something that can be used in the home, however Continental Shutters are designed for residential security and can be produced in a range of colours to compliment your exterior décor and compliment your external surroundings.

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Wimbledon burglar caught on CCTV camera

A prolific cat burglar who targets the homes of some of Wimbledon’s richest residents has so far evaded capture. However, police are hopeful he will soon be caught thanks to a CCTV image of his face that was captured as he burgled a home – worth millions of pounds – in the South London area.

The burglar, who is known for carefully and meticulously taking apart burglar alarms, was caught out by an interior camera that captured his image as he burgled a home not far from the All England Wimbledon tennis club.

Police have released the burglar’s image in the hope he will be recognised by a member of the public. They also told press they want the burglar in connection with a massive 35 burglaries in the area. He is believed to spend a number of days planning his burglary.

His method involves cutting alarm and CCTV cables, allowing him to enter expensive homes without being detected or captured on camera – and he has been very successful up until now.

The Wimbledon cat burglar first struck in 2006 and is known for stealing cash and expensive jewellery from wealthy homes. Speaking about the cat burglar, DC Simon Callcott said:

“He can spend several days plotting a route into a house and cuts CCTV cables around the houses so he is not seen. He is very meticulous, very thorough and very tidy.”

Homeowners across the UK can bolster their security against this kind of burglar by using physical barriers such as home security shutters and window grills to hamper burglars’ points of entry, as well as having alarms and cameras in place.

Brown Security Installations has extensive experience in home security and has many satisfied customers in the Wimbledon area.  Please contact us today for a free of charge – no obligation – quotation.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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

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