Leading providers of business security systems, AlertSystems, has responded to the release of a CCTV image of a man who queued in an Essex post office before attempting to rob staff.
The hooded suspect, who was armed with a kitchen knife, queued at the branch on Thaxted High Street before threatening staff and then fleeing empty-handed.
Customers had been unaware that the man had made efforts to cover his face immediately before the incident, or that he was holding a knife at his side, but CCTV footage clearly shows the weapon.
It is now hoped that the image may help police in their efforts to trace the suspect, by enabling a member of the public to name him or jogging the memories of those who were in the area at about 1pm on Wednesday May 21.
As an independent provider of commercial security systems to a wide range of businesses, AlertSystems is all too aware of the importance of CCTV cameras in protecting both premises and employees.
In response to this incident, a spokesperson for the company said: “Fortunately, there were no injuries and nothing was taken in this instance. However, the fact that the suspect was willing to enter the premises with a weapon of this nature and threaten staff shows that the intent was there.
“Thanks to the footage captured by the post office’s CCTV cameras, the police now have an image of the suspect and this will greatly increase the chances of him being apprehended. Without it they would have been at a distinct disadvantage.”
Of the role that CCTV has to play in general, he added: “The value of CCTV systems to businesses, both as a deterrent to would-be criminals and as a vital tool for helping to prosecute perpetrators of crime, cannot be overestimated.”
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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