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Recordings compiled over the evening of the theft were instrumental in the apprehension and prosecution of the four thieves

The reaction follows a report in the Southend Standard detailing the theft of a lorry full of firearms that resulted in four men being arrested after they were recognised by CCTV security systems in the area.

The theft was very much an opportunistic attack, as the lorry had stopped in Basildon on its way through to France from Ladds Guns, a reputable gun retailer in Devon. CCTV footage of the men was found on the cameras of Poole House, one of the men’s residences in Chadwell St. Mary, showing them returning in a Renault Clio six times with new loads of the stolen weapons.

In total, 77 rifles and shotguns were stolen. Police have managed to locate the majority of them, although there are still some unaccounted for and the authorities fear they may have already been distributed throughout the criminal world.

Recordings compiled over the evening of the theft were instrumental in the apprehension and prosecution of the four thieves. Combined with the results of a random stop-check on the Clio in question at an earlier date, police were able to clearly identify those at fault and proceeded to act quickly in arresting them.

A spokesperson for AlertSystems, market leaders in commercial security systems, has released a statement following the incident. “When a crime of this nature occurs, it is vital that police are able to access clear footage immediately in order to arrest those responsible.

“The theft of firearms is something that could have grave repercussions later down the line, and police will be pleased that the security system installed at Poole House has provided such conclusive evidence. Ladds Guns will be hugely relieved that the majority of their stock has been recovered, and that the investigation was closed so quickly. It emphasises the impact that easily accessible, high-quality CCTV can have when it is called into action.”

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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