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the sheer number of thefts carried out by just one man highlights a serious need for a change in approach from local businesses in Derby

The reaction follows a report in the Derby Telegraph detailing the eventual apprehension of a man who is allegedly responsible for 33 burglaries in the Derby area.

Rickie Lee Smith was finally caught by the CCTV security system in place at building supply chain Huws Gray, after already having been spotted in the same attire by police near the site of his first burglary that evening, a local car component distributor called PCS Auto-Parts, where £400 was allegedly stolen.

Smith has been called “a habitual commercial burglar” whose consistent offending “causes massive loss” to the local business community, by the prosecution team in court. Fortunately, the quality of the footage allowed the offender to be clearly identified by the authorities and as a result there was little debate regarding his culpability.

While it is fortunate that Smith was finally recorded and successfully identified on CCTV, the fact he has been able to carry out such a staggering amount of offences without conviction shines a light on the lack of suitable security systems in the Derby area. A spokesperson for AlertSystems, market leaders in commercial security, has released a statement supporting this notion, stating that “the sheer number of thefts carried out by just one man highlights a serious need for a change in approach from local businesses in Derby and the surrounding areas.

“Without providing premises with the suitable amount of security, from high-definition CCTV cameras to remote access alarm systems, companies leave themselves consistently exposed to crimes such as we have seen here in Derby.

“Rickie Lee Smith is just one example of the problems small and medium sized businesses face in their efforts to protect their stock from being stolen and their property from being damaged. Here at AlertSystems, we believe that a systematic approach to security implementation is necessary to remain secure all year round. With the correct help and advice from experienced security industry professionals, premises can remain protected and prepared against prolific commercial thieves and opportunistic burglars alike.”

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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