What it does demonstrate is that premises, whether they be commercial or educational, are not immune to the threat of criminal activity
Leading provider of business security systems, AlertSystems, has urged schools and local businesses to review their security measures after an Oxfordshire school without CCTV cameras was vandalised, depriving it of vital sports equipment.
It follows an incident at Tower Hill Primary School in Witney on Bonfire Night, during which four plastic goalposts were smashed, a shed door was pulled off its hinges and two garden benches were deposited on the school roof.
Teachers believe the vandals used a hockey stick found on the school field to destroy the equipment, which almost led to the cancellation of a match involving the school’s football team. Police are investigating the vandalism but have yet to reveal whether any suspects have been identified.
Their cause has not been helped by the fact that the school does not have CCTV. The timing of the incident and the prevalence of fireworks being let off on the night in question has also made it difficult for residents whose properties border the school to recall hearing anything suspicious.
Pupils, teachers and local councillors have all expressed their disgust at the mindless act, while a spokeswoman for the police confirmed that the incident was being treated as a burglary and investigations were ongoing.
As a leading independent provider of CCTV systems, AlertSystems has condemned the vandalism, but says it should serve as a reminder that security cannot be taken for granted, even in more rural areas.
A spokesman for the company said: “This was an appalling act of vandalism and criminal damage, and we hope the perpetrators are identified and apprehended as quickly as possible.
“What it does demonstrate is that premises, whether they be commercial or educational, are not immune to the threat of criminal activity even if they are located in more rural areas. For this reason, they cannot afford to take their security for granted and should ensure that they have deterrent measures in place to minimise the chances of falling victim to crime.
“Had CCTV cameras been in use at the time of this incident, their presence might have been enough to deter the offenders from committing the crime in the first place. But even if they hadn’t, at least they would have had footage of the incident that could be used by the police as part of their investigation,” he added.
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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