Home Security

Secure Your Home This Summer!

With the mercury finally rising and summer holidays on the horizon, the temptation to leave windows open while you are out increases. Of course, we all love the feel of a gentle breeze blowing through the house on a hot stuffy day, but to would-be home intruders a window lift even slight ajar, is an invitation that some just can’t resist. Leaving your home while you set out for your annual fortnight in the sun can also be a green light to unsavoury characters if you have not taken safety precautions before you leave. We already know that burglaries are on the increase in Surrey. “The police recorded 458,021 more offences in the year ending March 2017 than in the previous year. This 10% rise in the number of recorded crimes in the latest year was largely driven by increases in violence against the person (up 175,060 offences, 18%), theft (up 118,774 offences, 7%) and public order offences (up 78,697 offences, 39%).” Office of National Statistics – Original Source Summer Months See a Dramatic Rise In Surrey Break-Ins If a chancer is planning to break into your home to steal, they will no doubt try to do it any time of year. But, the summer months always see an increase in attempted and successful break-ins as houses are left empty for weeks at a time, and windows and doors are open. To prevent your home from looking like an easy target, the police recommend that you take the usual precautions before you go away on your holidays, these include: Make your home look like someone is living in it Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries Use the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe Service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites – burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage Whilst this is all staunch advice that will help to protect your home, what if you would like to take further precautions, or be able to keep any eye on your home wherever you are in the world? Crime Data from the Office of National Statistics The image below shows the crime data from December 1981 through to March 2017 from the Office of National Statistics. You will see that the amount of criminal offences has risen year on year since 2014. CCTV – The Affordable Alternative To Traditional Home Security CCTV is usually something we only associate with large open areas like town centres or public highways. While they have been positioned in towns and cities for many years, keeping us safe 24 hours a day, you can use this type of technology to keep your home secure too. Advances in security technology and the increased use of smart devices means that you can literally keep an eye on your home regardless of where you are. An article from Radium state that four out of five burglaries go unsolved. The article explains that, “Success rates in burglary inquiries appear to be comparatively low. Across all crimes, the proportion of cases closed without a suspect being identified falls to just under half (49 per cent)” – having a CCTV system that records footage could help the Police bring the burglars to justice. The Agility 3 alarm has cameras fitted to the detectors around your property and any movement is recorded and stored on the Risco Cloud. This means that any security footage is stored online and not on a device in your home that burglars could destroy or take with them. Here at Lockrite we offer CCTV systems that are suitable for use in the home. Using plug and play wireless technology, these systems offer a fast and convenient way to protect your home or property from Burglars. You can monitor your driveway, garden, or anywhere else, on your pc, mobile or tablet, thanks to the supplied free apps for Android and iOs. These systems are affordable and easy to install and allow you to keep an eye on your property and possessions, even if you’re thousands of miles away just by using your smartphone, laptop or computer. CCTV based security systems will be able to notify you if motion is detected in your empty house. They will also record footage for later use, should the worst take place while you are away. The footage captured can be stored on an SD card or be sent straight to you smartphone, device or laptop. Whenever you go on holiday you are leaving your home vulnerable to intruders. Effective security systems are crucial at this time of year. Coming back from your holiday to discover that your home has been broken into can be devastating and leave you not only without your valuables, but also no longer being able to feel safe in your own home. Home Intruders Show No Mercy Susan Ackbourne, a Surrey resident since 1975 came home in June from a family holiday to find that her house had been broken into despite her having believed she had left her home well protected. “We locked all the windows and told our neighbours we were away” said Susan, “but we came home to find that our patio door had not been double locked and an intruder had managed to get through the lock in no time at all. He had taken the kids iPads, my husband’s watch, money and other valuables that we thought would be safe in our own home. What should have a been a holiday of a lifetime was spoilt by coming home to find utter devastation in our home. We have since installed CCTV so we are able to view actual pictures of our house every time we are away from it. I constantly feel nervous anytime I have to leave the house empty, CCTV is helping me with this”. Susan is just one of many homeowners who will suffer at the hands of thieves this summer. Protect your Surrey home today, speak to the experts at Lockrite Security to find out more about CCTV systems for you home. Call us on 01252 543309 to discuss your security requirements before you go on holiday! Useful Resources The Guardian: Police figures show violent crime in England and Wales is up 24% Office of National Statistics: Crime in England and Wales: year ending Mar 2017 Radium: Four in five burglaries go unsolved!

Crime on the increase throughout Surrey

The staff at Lockrite Security have put together a list of local crime reports throughout Surrey. We have seen an increase in crime being reported in the local news and online sources but instead of having to check lots of websites you can keep up to date in one place. Burglaries On The Rise Crime data was provided by the office of national statistics. Find out how much crime is in your area with our Local Crime App, if you think you live in a safe neighbourhood you thought wrong! Surrey Crime Round Up CCTV images released after burglary at a Jewelers in Caterham Surrey Police officers were alerted to a robbery at just after 4am Infinity Jewellers just after 4am on the 9th May 2017. The glass displays were smashed and high value diamond, emerald and gold jewellery were stolen. Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the crime, which can be seen below. A Holland and Barrett employee said: “It was actually a bit of a shock walking in [to work] this morning. All I saw was broken glass and police officers. The investigating officer, DC Shirley, said: “We urgently need to speak with this individual as we believe he may be able to help us with our enquiries. A large amount of jewellery was stolen, so if anyone tries to sell you jewellery and you are suspicious of the circumstances then I’d encourage you to call us straight away.” If you have any information please contact Surrey Police on 01483 571 212 and quote the following crime reference number: 45170047800. Read more: http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/police-release-new-cctv-images-after-large-amount-of-jewels-stolen-in-caterham-burglary/story-30341023-detail/story.html Police appeal for information following a burglary in Cobham, Surrey Surrey Police have released CCTV footage of three men as they burgled a house in Elm Grove, Cobham on February 11th 2017. The burglars gained entry to the property between 5.30 and 6pm and a folding bike, a set of car keys and a rubber emergency medical arm band were stolen. Investigating officer, PC Danni Edwards said: “I am urging anybody who witnessed anything suspicious around the time of the break-in to get in touch with us as soon as possible. I am also keen to identify the men in the CCTV images.” Read more: http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/cctv-showing-cobham-burglary-released/story-30319022-detail/story.html#r0wwTw1fhOtUo1FF.99 John Terry’s £5 million mansion was burgled in Oxshott, Surrey John Terry (Chelsea FC Captain) and his wife Toni were “very shaken” when they returned from their Skiing holiday in French Alps to find thousands of pounds’ worth of personal items missing. A joint operation between Surrey Police and the Met Police saw the successful arrest of three men on Thursday (9th March 2017) in connection with the burglary. Roy Head who is 28 years old from Walton, Surrey was among those who were charged with conspiracy to commit multiple burglaries in Woking, Staines, Leatherhead and Ashford. It is thought that burglars were enticed to raid the mansion after pictures were posted on the couple’s social media accounts. A source told The Sun: “It is a real possibility that these burglars have seen some of their posts. It’s like a catalogue for would-be thieves, and even played a part when Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris. It’s a horrifying incident for any family to go through, and John and Toni have been very shaken by this.” The men were charged with conspiracy to commit seven residential burglaries throughout Surrey. They targeted John Terry’s mansion in Oxshott overnight on 25th February, they burgled 2 homes in Lower Road, Leatherhead and The Ridge, Woking on the 9th March 2017 and they finished up with breaking in to Conway Drive, Ashford and Worple Road, Staines on the 28th February 2017. The investigating officer, Detective Constable Phil Carter said: “Surrey Police is committed to disrupting criminal activity and those who have a negative impact on the lives of Surrey’s residents.” Read More: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/john-terry-house-burglary-three-12744317 Teenager found dead at house in Oxshott, Surrey Police have reported the death of a teenage boy who was found at an address in Stokesheath Road, Oxshott. The teenager was found on the morning of Sunday (May 14) and has been named as Ben Cook, who is thought to have been a pupil at George Abbot School in Guildford. Police say the cause of death is still under investigation Read More: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/teenager-found-dead-house-oxshott-13047431 Motorists Beware of M25 “petrol-for-gold” Scam Breaking down will inevitably happen and it can be a nightmare when it does. Occasionally there will be a good Samaritan who will pull over to offer assistance and its these good people that are at risk. This story dubbed the ‘petrol-for-gold-jewellery’ scam was highlighted thanks to footage caught on a dashcam. The footage shows the dashcam owner pull over for a motorist who had broken down on the hard shoulder leaving the M25 before taking the M4 to Heathrow. Police have repeatedly warned motorists of the scam since 2015, but this could be the first time it has been caught on camera. Footage shows a conversation between the unidentified man who asks ‘Chris’ for £50 in exchange for a ring. It was reported that a Farncombe resident was asked to give £120 for petrol after she pulled over to help a man near an A3 slip road from Milford to Godalming in November 2015. Read More: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/m25-petrol-gold-scam-motorists-13043739 26-year-old woman was attacked in Blackwater, Surrey A 26-year-old woman was assaulted on Thursday 20th April 2017 between 11pm and 11.25pm as she walked down an alley near Rosemary Lane in Blackwater. The attacker punching her in the face several times before running off, the victim was taken to Frimley Park Hospital and treated for minor injuries following the attack. “Following enquiries, we are now in a position to confirm that the incident is being treated as a sexual assault. The woman is being supported by specialist officers.” A police Spokesman Hampshire Police would like to hear from a driver of a car in Rosemary Lane who may have seen a man and a woman struggling. Police are appealing for witnesses and any information relating to this attack. Call Hampshire Police on 01962 841 534 if you have any information regarding this attack. Read More: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/blackwater-attack-police-now-treating-12986436 Targeted burglary ended in flames racking up £60,000 worth of damage Police were called to a Godstone property by firefighters on Tuesday, 16th May 2017 after a, “loud banging noise and fire” had been reported in the early hours of the morning. It appears this was a targeted burglary as high value climbing equipment and tools were kept at the property. The burglars gained entry to the property between 3.40 and 4.40am where they stole £30,000 of the owners’ belongings before they set fire to the property. The burglary is believed to have left the owners with £60,000 worth of repairs on top of the £30,000 in lost belongings. Detective Constable Colin Snell said: “We believe this property has been targeted deliberately and are appealing to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious in the area. If you’ve been offered these tools for sale, please get in touch with us. Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses and you can call them by dialling 101 from your phone or you can fill out their online form. http://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online. Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime reference number: 45170050538 Read more: http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/60-000-of-damage-caused-as-property-set-on-fire-in-burglary-in-south-godstone/story-30338011-detail/story.html#1bdJAe6LG8A7iU43.99

The Definitive Home Security Guide for the Elderly

As an older pe­rson, you may sometimes feel vulnerable when you are at home on your own. Even if you are living with your spouse or other family members, it can sometimes seem that the world is an increasingly dangerous place and that times have changed, and not always for the better. At Lockrite we take the security of our elderly customers very seriously – so we have written this in-depth guide to help you find the right security for your needs.

Tony Porter proposes a voluntary CCTV code of practice for home-owners

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