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This is where traders could benefit from further investment from outside as the presence of additional surveillance cameras

Leading providers of business security systems, AlertSystems, has backed calls from a Sidmouth business owner for CCTV to be installed across the town after burglars stole £10,000 of gold jewellery from his shop.
Trader Steve Nicholls insists that the perpetrators of the theft at Sidmouth Antiques Centre could have been apprehended by police if just a few surveillance cameras had been in place at the scene.

The heist took place overnight on Friday October 17th, and saw the thieves forcibly gain entry through the rear door of the All Saints Road shop before cracking the key store and emptying its valuable contents.

Mr Nicholls is adamant that the well planned nature of the burglary means the offenders had been in the store previously as they knew exactly what they wanted and where to find it. He admitted to having grown complacent in his seven years at the shop without a break-in although he has now pledged to redouble his security effort in light of this incident.

Such a stance appears vital, especially given the lack of publicly funded CCTV cameras currently in Sidmouth. The town’s Chamber of Commerce did lead a bid for introducing them in 2006, which won support from police. Local businesses donated £31,000 towards the move, but quotes of as much as £250,000 for the installation of a system saw it shelved.

As a leading independent provider of commercial CCTV systems, AlertSystems has expressed its sympathy for Mr Nicholls and commended him for improving his security measures, while at the same time calling for more external investment in town centre security.

A spokesman for the company said: “We have the utmost sympathy for Mr Nicholls and hope those who committed this theft are brought to justice as quickly as possible. He is right to review his security measures in light of it though, as should any business owner regardless of whether their premises have been targeted or not.

“The theft of the security footage in this particular incident is particularly unfortunate and has compounded matters for a business owner who had clearly taken steps to deter criminals. This is where traders could benefit from further investment from outside as the presence of additional surveillance cameras in the vicinity of the shop and surrounding streets may have captured footage of the theft also.

“We will always support calls for more CCTV in town centres and believe the formation of Business Improvement Districts have been a hugely beneficial development to extending its coverage,” he added.

AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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