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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.

Brown Security Installations has extensive experience in shop security.  Call us today for a free of charge – no obligation – quotation


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.

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.”

Courtesy of Essex Police

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.

Brown Security Installations has extensive experience in residential and commercial security and covers the whole of Essex.  Contact us today for a free of charge – 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.

Brown Security Installations has a wealth of experience in home security.  Contact us today if you are worried about your home and want to make it secure.


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.


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

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


Burglars push man out of first floor window in Milton Keynes

Five burglars threatened a man at knifepoint at a house in Milton Keynes and pushed him out of a first floor window.

The men knocked on the door of a house in Stourhead Gate, Westcroft, on Thursday night, and forced their way in when it was answered.  The victim was forced upstairs to look for money and jewellery.

He was pushed from the window while trying to escape and suffered injuries to his legs and back and is being treated at Milton Keynes General Hospital.

Police said other people in the house were assaulted on the ground floor of the house.

The burglars took a small amount of cash and drove off in a small black car, possibly a Vauxhall Corsa.  They are described as Asian men, with their faces concealed by scarves, and are believed to have spoken with Pakistani accents, police said.

Det Sgt Luke Grove added: “This was a particularly aggressive burglary in the presence of the occupants including young children.  We would encourage anyone who saw a group of men in the area behaving suspiciously to contact us.  We would also like to speak to anyone who saw a suspicious small black car in the location last night”

To prevent burglary at your home or place of work, Brown Security Installations woudl recommend window bars or retractable gates.  Both allow air and light into the building but prevent unwanted visitors.