On Saturday night one of our security guards based at a prestigious office heard a nearby burglar alarm. He investigated and saw a commercial burglary in progress. Two males had broken in the office via a smashed front door and were stealing high value clothing. He challenged them and they made off in a sports saloon. Had it not been for his inquisitive nature and professionalism this could have been a lot worse for the owner of the business. They did not have alarm response and so the premises would have been left unsecured with the possibility of further losses. The management are delighted with the outcome and it proves that security guarding prevents crime.
Burglars report that burglar alarms are often left inactivated or ignored. This information was confirmed in a separate poll by Halifax where 34% of householders with an alarm fitted to their home said they rarely activated it. A further 33% also said that they assume sounding burglar alarms in their neighbourhood to be false.
Burglars report that doors and windows are often left unsecured, or even wide open, allowing them to literally let themselves in. This was also backed up by 6%4 of householders who confessed to leaving doors unlocked whilst away from the home, and a further 37% whilst inside the home – even while statistics show that 21%5 of burglaries are carried out with the thief aware that the home was occupied. One offender often gained entry to homes by putting their hands in a letterbox and pulling the keys out.
Burglars said that if they were really determined to break into your home then next to nothing will stop them from making an attempt. They are both inventive and skilled and will find their way around most obstacles. Some thieves have learnt how to dismantle alarms, remove patio doors and force open sash windows. Even the security lighting can be used to help thieves see inside an unlit home. Others will pose as a bogus caller to gain entry, wear disguises to avoid CCTV camera detection and even poison meat to silence noisy animals.
The majority of burglars in the study were highly confident that they can commit their crimes without any consequences. And even then they regarded prison more as a school for honing their burglary skills, rather than as a deterrent.
THE BEST WAY OF DETERRING THIEVES IS BY THE USE OF PHYSICAL SECURITY MEASURES AND BY THE USE OF SECURITY GUARDING OR PATROLS. IF NO ONE RESPONDS TO AN ALARM HOW WILL FITTING ONE HELP YOUR BUSINESS OR HOME- CONTACT MANNIX TODAY OT SEE HOW WE CAN HELP
Leicestershire has been plagued by Apple Mac thefts from graphic design offices over the past year. One company has lost nearly £120k of equipment over a four month period. The thieves who have been watching premises enter using force through the night and then smash their way using heavy implements to where Apple Macs are left and are stealing them using high performance cars to aid their escape. Mannix were approached by a very worried company director and within hours we had visited the scene put in pro active patrols along with giving professional guidance and advice. Since that date the company has not been hit. In the first ten days we deterred one male who entered the site perimeter, another potential suspect was detected by security dogs. The company liaised with the police to encourage police patrol support to good effect. This contract has now been converted to full time and the clients can now plan ahead without constant fear of further attacks. I am very proud of our achievements as other companies have failed to prevent thefts by the same team in other areas.
We are very pleased to say that after a year of hard work our scoring for the ACS mark which is independently assessed for the Security Industry Authority has improved for the third year in a row. Less improvement options, more areas assessed being scored at “over and above the required standard” shows how the company is growing both financially and operationally. This award gives potential buyers the confidence that the company is run to a high standard and our operational methods are up there with the very best. 3 years at the top of the industry.
A King Steignton bike shop owner has spoken of his frustration after a raid activated a burglar alarm – which sounded for five hours before anyone called the police.
Raiders used a kerb block to smash their way into Chris Berry’s Hot Pursuits bike shop in Exeter Road and grabbed three expensive bikes before riding off into the night.
Despite residential properties being nearby, his shop’s loud alarm system was ringing for five hours police were alerted.
A couple of days later, a villager went into the shop and complained about the noise made by the alarm system, said Chris.
Specialised mountain bikes worth up to £3,000 were stolen when the heavy block was thrown through a glass panel into Hot Pursuits.
Chris said: “Whoever did it threw half a piece of roadside kerb through the glass. It must have been really heavy and the noise must have been amazing.
This is why alarm response is so important. Never ignored and professionally dealt with.
With a few easy tips you can prevent becoming a victim of garden theft.
Securing your shed or garage might not be the first thing to cross your mind when you think of crime prevention. However, with the array of lawnmowers, power tools, garden equipment, bicycles and sports equipment kept in them, security measures should certainly be put into place.
The value of property inside sheds and garages is often much higher than you first imagine. The expensive items in can be attractive to thieves and an intruder can even use your tools and ladders to break into your home. For this reason it is worth checking to make sure your household contents insurance also covers your outbuildings.
Often garages and sheds are left unlocked or without any appropriate security, such as padlocks, chains or lighting. By installing these simple items you can give better protection to your property.
Gates and fences at the back of the house can be a deterrent to burglars and if the front of your house is kept visible to passers by, it will prevent them from being able to work unseen.
Plant protection is another way of guarding your property. A selection of thorny bushes and prickly plants planted near to potential access routes, such as fences and walls, are not only a visual deterrent but also a physical barrier to intruders. While these methods are ideal for making forced entry difficult through natural means, they should not replace traditional security measures such as padlocks, bolts and chains.
Any crime against an elderly person is disturbing and you may think they are becoming more frequent but, in actual fact, they are still uncommon.
If you have elderly relatives or neighbours you can help them to make their homes safer and reduce the risk of them becoming a victim.
Just by giving a little of your time you can reassure them, especially if they live alone. You could visit them regularly and even offer to fit additional locks to windows and doors, door viewers and chains for extra security.
If you are elderly yourself, you need to be aware of your personal safety and take precautions to avoid danger at home and while you are out.
Protect your possessions by securing your home and letting thieves know your property is marked.
Keep an eye out for the welfare of your neighbours. If you spend a lot of time at home your watchfulness can be invaluable to your community. You might consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Make sure to report any suspicious behaviour to the police at once.
Be wary of unexpected visitors who, for example, arrive at your door offering to make repairs on something they have noticed needs fixing. Before having any work done on your home seek the advice of someone you trust and get two or three quotes from other firms first.
In some areas older people can get help to pay for locks and chains on their windows and doors. To find out if there is a scheme where you live, ask either your local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, the council’s Housing Department or the Crime Prevention Officer at your local policing unit.
Remember that even the best security equipment is useless unless it is used. Be sure to always lock up properly, even if you are just popping out for a few minutes.
Looking after your valuables
Keep your money safe in a bank, building society or post office and avoid keeping large sums of cash in the house. Don’t keep your cheque book and cheque card together and don’t keep your PIN number with your credit or debit card.
There are some people who specialise in preying on older people so you should be extra wary of any unexpected callers, whether it’s a man or a woman. Remember to always ask for their identity card confirming where they are from and, if you are still unsure, tell them to make an appointment and return later.
A genuine caller won’t mind you checking their identity with the organisation they claim to work for. When checking with organisations, always get the telephone number from the phone book, don’t rely on a number provided by the caller.
Involving the local police
If you belong to a pensioner’s lunch or social club, ask the organisations to invite the police or other speakers along to give advice on how to secure your home and protect your community.
This information could save a nasty incident happening to your child. Please print off and explain the necessities of understanding the points without scaring them into not wanting to enjoy themselves.
Young people can find themselves at risk, whether working at a part time job or out in the evening. To help keep you and your property safe and secure, try to follow these basic guidelines
Be sure your parents always know where you are and how to contact you.
If possible, go out accompanied by friends and return home with them.
If you do go out alone, arrange transport to and from where you are going – with a relative, friends or cab – and confirm arrangements for your return journey before you set off.
If your arranged transport from a concert or other event fails to arrive and you can see that you will be left on your own, speak to the organisers and ask to use their telephone to make other arrangements. Ask to stay until transport arrives.
Don’t accept a lift from someone you’ve only just met.
Try to find casual jobs, such as babysitting, through family or friends, and be careful about answering advertisements. Try to go with a parent or friend on the first day.
When babysitting, always make sure you have a contact number for the child’s parents so you can reach them if you need to. If anyone comes to the house don’t let them in. Ask telephone callers to ring back – don’t tell them you are alone. It helps to keep a list of emergency numbers in case of problems.
When working a paper round, if strangers invite you into their homes or offer you a lift, politely refuse and move on quickly.
Wherever you are, be aware of how to make an emergency telephone call and the quickest way out.
Most burglaries occur when there is no-one home, so whether you are leaving the house for a few minutes, the day or a fortnight, remember to shut and lock all your windows and doors.
By now most of us are in a habit of making sure windows and doors are closed and locked on our vehicles and houses when we leave them, but in the excitement of going away, we can sometimes forget. If you have locks on your windows and a burglar alarm installed to your property it is important you use them.
It is advised you always try to make your home appear occupied. Here are some steps you can take to ensure this:
Get a friend, neighbour or relative to keep an eye on your house or flat. Even the smallest of jobs such as collecting post from the letterbox, sweeping up leaves, putting dustbins out and even mowing your lawn, can make it seem as though someone is home.
Cancel deliveries of milk and newspapers while you are away, as a clutter of these around your front door, becomes a clear sign that nobody is home.
Invest in some automatic time switches, which switch lights and radios on and off at set times.
Never leave blinds or curtains closed as this makes it obvious the property is empty during the day.
On your holiday
Tourists are sometimes targeted by thieves, so while you are away you still need to be cautious and take simple precautions, just as you would do at home:
Store passports and travel documents in a safe, which are installed in most hotels and villas.
Lock your bags and suitcases each time you leave your hotel room or villa.
Do not put your name and address on bag or suitcase tags, but put this information somewhere inside.
Keep a tight hold of your handbags, wallets and cameras while you are out and about sightseeing.
Do not leave your property unattended or on display when you are going for a swim on the poolside or at the beach.
Just as we would protect our homes with the best security measures, it is also important to ensure our businesses and workplaces are secure.
Theft, vandalism and fraud are some of the things that businesses and retail outlets need to be guarded against. A few simple security measures can be effective in reducing crime.
Carrying out regular risk assessments of your buildings and property helps to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime. These assessments will also aid in monitoring the business environment, which, if kept well maintained, adds a feeling of safety and security to your premises, your staff and visitors.
To reduce crime against your business and deter criminals consider the following:
Installing an intruder alarm
Having a CCTV system fitted
Installing security lighting
Ensuring openings such as windows and doors are secure with good quality locks and bolts.
Protecting information. Ensure that a firewall or an anti-virus system is installed on all computers and shred confidential papers.
Changing passwords on computers and alarm systems regularly.
Note the make, model and serial number of assets such as computers, mobile phones, printers and personal organisers. This makes it easier for police to trace the items if stolen and harder for criminals to sell on.
If you are a large company provide staff with a photo/ID badge and ‘sign in’ any visitors or people making deliveries. It is also good practice to challenge anyone not wearing a badge.
The recent introduction of the chip and pin system has reduced cases of credit card fraud in retail outlets throughout the UK, but by taking a few simple measures business and retail crime can be reduced further:
Be wary of people acting out of the ordinary. Look out for those who might hurry a transaction, choose purchases quickly or split purchases between different cards.
Keep records of stock and make regular stock checks.
Ensure staff are trained to use the tills, alarms and computers. Provide them with security and safety training, which is especially important at busy times of the year.
Keep personal property out of sight. Provide staff with lockers.
If you are a busy store remove cash from the tills regularly throughout the day and ensure all cash and cheques are removed from tills every night. It is advised you use a professional cash in transit company.
Leave the drawers of the tills open at the end of the day to show they are empty.
Install a safe to keep money and other expensive goods in and ensure your insurance company approves it.
Provide staff with a personal alarm or panic button.
Ensure your staff follow your company and bank policy when accepting cheques and credit cards.