with a combination of intuitive staff and effective security systems, small businesses are able to protect themselves
Security system specialists, AlertSystems, have reported on the recent attempted robbery in Bourton-on-the-Water of a small Londis store. The two masked men were fought off by a 62-year-old supervisor.
The Londis store in Bourton-on-the-Water has released CCTV footage of a raid by two masked men. The same individuals are also thought to be responsible for a robbery at Ladbrokes in Bishop’s Cleeve that occurred later the same day. Police are still to confirm if both incidents are connected.
The raid at the Ladbrokes was relatively successful for the robbers as they took “a few hundred pounds” out of the tills. However, the two masked men were fought off in the Londis raid by shop worker John Seabright. Despite numerous attempts, he could not disarm the intruder of his hammer. Nevertheless, he managed to make the masked man and his accomplice flee after spraying him in the eyes with £1 surface cleaner.
Later, the brave shopkeeper stated: “He couldn’t reach me with the hammer unless he threw it at me. Another customer and I tried to disarm him and he got very angry. I turned to get a cleaning product from behind my desk and, I managed to spray him in the eyes between his balaclava. That’s when he and his friend ran off.” He recalled “If he had a gun and I knew it was real, it may have been a different story.”
As the drama unfolded, John’s colleague, 21-year-old Jim Wildson, ushered a frightened woman and her baby to the bakery where they hid throughout. The general manager of the store, Ewen Smith, said that he was very proud of his staff. He added: “They tried to use scare tactics, however John was very instinctive to use the cleaning product.”
Images of the offenders were clearly captured on CCTV. The first offender is described as 5ft 6ins to 5ft 11ins tall, of stocky build and wearing a light grey hooded tracksuit top, light grey jogging bottoms and grey face covering, possibly a ski mask. The second offender was believed to be taller, of thinner build and wearing a light coloured jogging top and bottoms darker than the top.
Leading providers of CCTV security, AlertSystems, takes a keen interest in any security related news. A spokesperson from the company made the following statement: “It is an unfortunate reality that small businesses are often the target of raids and robberies. Many see them as an easy target to steal from. However, the example of the Londis in Bourton-on-the-Water shows that with a combination of intuitive staff and effective security systems, small businesses are able to protect themselves.
“Both Ladbrokes and Londis are now able to use their CCTV footage to try and identify the two suspects. By sharing the footage online through social media as a public appeal for information, suspects can now be brought to justice quicker than ever before. Small businesses who wish to protect themselves against and prevent criminal activity, should consider both effective CCTV systems and staff training on what to do in these circumstances.”
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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