Mr. Maqsood was hit a total of three times with the blade, but managed to fight off the off the violent individual by grabbing a shutter pole.
Leading providers of CCTV security, AlertSystems, has commented on the recent news of a terrifying shop raid in Sunderland. CCTV cameras recorded the moment a machete-wielding thug entered a convenience store.
A 63 year old, who has been running the Sunderland store Max and Sons for 32 years, was left with an injury to the top of his middle finger on his left hand when a man entered the store with a machete. The would-be robber entered his convenience store in Eden Vale and demanded money from the till. Mr. Muhammed Maqsood was left shocked and shaken by the ordeal, but was successful in driving the criminal away.
Mr. Maqsood was hit a total of three times with the blade, but managed to fight off the off the violent individual by grabbing a shutter pole. After a few attempts the shopkeeper successfully managed to strike the burglar on the shoulder, which led him to run out of the store. Mr. Maqsood can be seen walking to the door to check where the perpetrator had run to, before calling the police.
CCTV of the whole ordeal has now been released as part of the police investigation. The acting Detective Sergeant Nick Lawrence said: “The footage of the ordeal clearly shows the man armed with the machete struggling with the shopkeeper. This sort of incident is unusual in the area, which is why we’ve released the images. We want people to know who this is and hopefully someone out there will have information about who this individual is.”
The footage has helped compile a description of the individual. He has been described as white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall with a slim-to-medium build. The perpetrator was wearing black bottoms, black top with two white stripes down each sleeve and a small motif on the left side of the chest, he had a grey-hooded top underneath the black jacket and a black mask pulled down over his face.
As leading provider of end-to-end CCTV security, AlertSystems take a keen interest in CCTV news. A spokesperson from the company made the following statement: “It is fortunate that Mr. Maqsood was not more seriously injured in this criminal attack. His investment in CCTV as a business owner has helped with the investigation significantly.
“If you are a small business, a breach of your security could happen at any time. Often businesses feel secure in areas with a low crime rate so do not feel the need to invest in end-to-end security. However, the example of Max and Sons clearly shows that dangerous criminals can threaten your business no matter how nice the area usually is. Taking the appropriate precautions and investing in commercial CCTV could protect you and your business from potential criminal activity."
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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