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Footage shows three suspects, one unnamed, after they had scaled the surrounding fence and broken into the premises using a crowbar

The reaction follows a report in News North Wales detailing the attempted robbery of an outdoor shop by two men later labelled as professional burglars by a crown court judge.

Go Outdoors, located in Saltney, a small town on the England-Wales border, was targeted by two men recently released on licence following a prison sentence for a similar offence. Stephen Coleman and Lee Hodgin, both from Birkenhead, Merseyside, had previously travelled across the country stealing from ATMs and were later prosecuted for their actions.

Thanks to the shop’s CCTV camera system being easy accessible for local authorities, they were again able to be apprehended by police and subsequently sentenced, both receiving 27 months in prison. Footage shows three suspects, one unnamed, after they had scaled the surrounding fence and broken into the premises using a crowbar. Despite wearing balaclavas, they were able to be identified on camera by police thanks to their distinguishable North Face jackets.

Set up to monitor events across the entire shop floor, the CCTV footage clearly showed the men taking 18 coats – with a cumulative value of £3,240 – from the premises. Such positioning allowed the police to analyse footage quickly and identify the suspects, who were later apprehended within a few miles of the site.

A spokesperson for AlertSystems, market leaders in commercial security systems, has released a statement following the report. “The incident we have seen in Saltney highlights exactly why CCTV should be treated as a necessity rather than a luxury.

“In the event of a burglary, you want to be able to sleep safe in the knowledge that your premises will be protected sufficiently. Fortunately for Go Outdoors, they can say that they did everything in their power to ensure this was the case and, as a result, the men who tried to steal their stock were successfully apprehended.

“Security implementation is something that needs to be taken seriously, and carried out by professionals with experience in the industry. Here at AlertSystems, we assess each premises separately and manage their needs accordingly. For commercial property owners that still remain unprotected, this incident should act as a stark reminder of the benefits that CCTV cameras can have at their workplace.”

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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