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Business security advice from Morris Locksmiths, ChorleyA recent report in the Lancashire Telegraph, stated that Audley Infant School in Queens Park road had been targeted twice by thieves during the Summer and start of the school year. A CCTV camera has been stolen from the premises. The cost of replacing the stolen CCTV equipment is £5,000.

Helen Nelson, the Headteacher said …

“I have absolutely no clue why anybody would want to do this … We were just trying to sort out the theft from over the holiday and then we were targeted again.”

Mrs Nelson also added that the funds to replace the CCTV equipment will come directly out of the school’s budget and therefore have a negative impact on the pupils, as less money will be available for their educational needs.

“Every school draws up a budget every year and if they have to ever spend money on something that they have not planned for, it means that money is taken away from other areas … What these people have done will impact on other things that we had planned to do, in school this year … I have sent letters to neighbours, in the hope that they will support us in paying for these new camera … Because the ones that we had were quite old we can’t replace them like-for-like … Also I’m worried we might just be replacing them, for them to only be stolen again because extra security around them costs even more money we did not plan to spend … I hope that we are are to pull on some heart strings and encourage people to support us and the children we teach.”

Added Mrs Nelson.

A spokes person for Lancashire police, who are investigating the incidents stated …

“We are appealing for information after the theft of a CCTV camera from Audley Infant School in Queens Park Road, Blackburn … The camera was removed from a post overlooking the school car park between 3am and 4am on September 22.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Lancashire police on 101 and quote the log number 0242 of September 22nd.

If you should require any further advice on home security and crime prevention, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with Morris Locksmiths on  01257 263933 / 07984 672382 or alternatively you can email us enquiries@lancashire-locksmith.co.uk

With thanks for the use of the photo of CCTV cameras to Hustvedt CC BY-SA 3.0

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National Home Secrurity MonthA recent infographic about home security, produced by Sainbury’s Bank has come to our attention. Morris Locksmiths feel that this data is extremely relevant in October as it is Yale’s National Home Security Month (NHSM). Each week the NHSM program will be looking at different aspects of security and offering helpful hints and tips.

The five weeks of NHSM are planned as follows:

  • Week 1 (starting 28th September) – National Home Security Month: An introduction to the annual scheme and solutions for keeping your family, home and possessions safe.
  • Week 2 (starting 5th October) – Lock it up! Helpful information regarding door and window locks will be on offer.
  • Week 3 (starting 12th October) – Keep it protected: Different solutions will be offered regarding how to keep the valuables in your home safe.
  • Week 4 (starting 19th October) – The great outdoors: How to ensure that the outside of your home and all outbuildings are as secure as possible.
  • Week 5 (starting 26th October) – Smart Home Security: A look at the latest security gadgets that are available.

 

Many of the aspects that the NHSM program will be detailing, are touched upon in the infographic below. The information includes helpful tips regarding the outside of your home, such as burglar alarms, outdoor lighting and CCTV systems. Internal security is also looked at in the infographic. Areas of home security for the inside of your property include: Doors and windows, lighting and how you can integrate your computer, for securing your belongings.

Home Security Infographic

If you should require any further advice on home security and crime prevention, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with Morris Locksmiths on  01257 263933 / 07984 672382 or alternatively you can email us enquiries@lancashire-locksmith.co.uk

With thanks to Sainsbury’s Bank, for the use of the infographic.

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Gary Ward, sentenced to 4 years in jail for burglary.

The Lancashire Telegraph recently reported on a court case hearing for a prolific burglar. Gary Ward from Oswaldtwistle, has received a total of 12 convictions at the age of 27 years. Ward had been sent to jail previously on three separate occasions for the minimum statutory period of three years. These sentences were all for burglary. The burglar started his life of crime at a young age and was given his first sentence at the youth court for burglary, at only 14 years old.

The most recent trial, held at Burnley Crown Court was for a crime that Ward had committed on the night of 18th April 2015. The Prosecuting Officer Stephen Parker stated that Ward had raided a private residence in Roe Greave Road, Oswaldtwistle. Gavin Dunleavy, his wife and two children live at the address in Roe Greave Road.

On the night of the burglary Mr Dunleavy and his family were all in bed. They were unaware of the crime at the time it took place. Mr Dunleavy did not notice that anything was wrong until the following evening, after returning home after work. It was at this point that he could not find his wallet. On searching for his wallet, Mr Dunleavy then noticed that other items from around the family home were missing. These included computer equipment, a handbag, cigarettes and alcohol. In total, items to the value of approximately £1,500 were stolen by Ward.

The Dunleavy’s had CCTV system installed at their address and this showed Ward walking straight into the family’s home via an unlocked door. Some of the property had been dumped by the defendant in a near by bush. After the event, the court heard that Ward had offered to assist Mr Dunleavy in getting the dumped items back. The presiding Judge Tania Recorder-Griffiths QC had stated however, that as 6 weeks of time had elapsed this was an impractical solution.

Miss Recorder-Griffiths QC commented on the evidence that the court had heard regarding the night of 18th April …

“You are only 27 but despite your young age you are a prolific burglar and you know full well what the sentence is going to be. You committed this burglary at night, with young children asleep upstairs.”

and later in the hearing whilst commenting on Ward’s previous criminal activity said …

“This is an unbelievable record. Not only had you only been released from custody for around a month for burglary offences but you then go on to commit this burglary.”

Mr James Heyworth, defending, stated that Ward knew if he were to avoid any further jail sentences he would have to get his life back on track.

After his guilty plea, Gary Ward was sentenced to a four year custodial sentence.

 

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18 year old burglar Connor Stokes

The Lancashire Telegraph reported last week, on a teenager that has been jailed for a burglary that he committed in Crawshawbooth. The crime took place at Sunnyside House on Burnely Road, the former home of Phil Neville. The current owners of the property, Mr and Mrs Greensmith have since added to their security system within their home. They have informed the court of the extra security measures now in place.

The burglar was an 18 year old Connor Stokes of Queen Street, Rawtenstall. He received a 16 month sentence for the crime that took place on 5th March this year. During his crime, Stokes first tried to steal a 50 inch television but was unsuccessful in ripping the TV set from the wall. He then proceeded to steal another television from out of the changing rooms of the gym in the six bedroom house.

On the day of the burglary, Mr Greensmith left home at 4:20am for a business trip. His wife left later that morning at 7:30am with the couple’s children. Later on that day the cleaner noticed that an intruder had entered the property and informed Mrs Greensmith. On arriving back home, Mrs Greensmith observed that the garage door leading to the main house had been forced open.

Prosecuting officer in the court case Mrs Emma Kehoe, stated in the hearing that other rooms at the Greensmith’s home had also been entered by Stokes. The CCTV system at Sunnyside House, Burnley Road captured images of the teenager. There were also footwear marks that matched Connor Stokes’ shoes, from the crime scene which enabled the police investigating the case to arrest and charge him for the offence.

If you have any concerns with the security of your home and/or business premises then please do not hesitate to contact Morris Locksmiths on  01257 263933 / 07984 672382 or alternatively you can email us enquiries@lancashire-locksmith.co.uk.

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Following a report yesterday in the Lancashire Telegraph, Morris Locksmiths would like to reiterate the importance of adequate security for your business premises.

The Report

The report was regarding Mushtaq Ahmed, owner of Tiplies Mini Market in Brunshaw Avenue, Burnley. He had been the victim of a theft by 22 year old Jack Brooks. A local man, that Mr Ahmed had known for ten years. Brooks threatened Mr Ahmed with a knife and demanded that he gave him cash from the shop till. Initially, Mr Ahmed had thought it was all a joke because Mr Brooks was clothed in a leopard print onesie. Until the knife had been shown …

“He was a nice lad. We all make mistakes. I forgive him and I feel sorry for him really.” Said Mr Ahmed. He then went on to say “But he has to be taught the lesson that he cannot do this kind of thing to anybody else.”

Brooks left the scene empty handed as the victim defended himself. At Burnley Crown Court, the would be thief pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article when he appeared. He was handed a two year and eight months prison sentence.

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The above report highlights the fact that potentially every customer walking through your door, could cause problems. Whilst, thankfully this is not reality, it is worth taking precautionary measures to keep you and your profits safe.

  • Good quality door locks – British Insurance Approved locks help to protect your business premises whilst out of hours. It is also a necessary requirement for your insurance policy to be valid.
  • Door and Window shutters – If you already have shutters installed, then use them correctly and ensure that they are always locked whilst you are not present. Have your shutters regularly maintained, so that the locking mechanism is working to it’s full potential. Consider having shutters fitted if you haven’t already, for extra peace of mind.
  • CCTV – Whilst not cheap to install, the system could provide you with valuable evidence if required.
  • Ensure that any cash is either taken off the premises at the end of your working day or stored in an adequately secure storage safe.
  • Display a window sticker, stating that no cash is left in the till over night.
  • Consider installing an under counter alarm system, whereby you can contact the Police immediately in the event of a robbery whilst you are working.

 

If you require any further advice regarding keeping your business premises secure, then please do not hesitate to contact Morris Locksmiths on  01257 263933 / 07984 672382 or Email: enquiries@lancashire-locksmith.co.uk.

 

With thanks for the use of the CCTV photograph to Hustvedt CC BY-SA 3.0