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The trio struck McColls newsagents armed with baseball bats and machetes, just as staff and a security guard were filling a cash machine inside

CCTV has many uses in the business world, and, as such, police have published footage of a crime in Preston to ask for the public’s help in identifying the thieves. An AlertSystems spokesperson reacts to the news.

Police in Preston have published CCTV footage of a robbery where three men made off with £50,000. The incident occurred earlier in the year but now the authorities believe that asking for the public’s help in identifying the thieves is the best course of action.

The trio struck McColls newsagents armed with baseball bats and machetes, just as staff and a security guard were filling a cash machine inside the shop. The security guard was left with a slight cut on the hip during the attack, and then the men exited the building and got into a black Audi S3 car.

The car was driven by a fourth man and it has since been recovered, but police are interested in tracing a bright red Nissan GTR (Skyline) that was also seen driving away from the scene. Police are hoping that the public will be able to view the CCTV footage of the raid and help identify the men so that they can be brought to justice.

“We are making good progress with our investigation and we are re-appealing to the public for their help,” said detective sergeant Jerry Sturgess of Preston CID. “But I must warn criminals who carry out cash in transit robberies that the whole force is stepping up our fight against them in the run up to Christmas.”

AlertSystems, a provider of security installations for businesses across the UK, took an interest in the report. A spokesperson offered this statement: “Unfortunately there will always be opportunistic thieves who look to steal money while it’s in transit. They try to get to the money before it’s in the safe or the cash machine and it makes it much harder for businesses to defend against such crimes.

“Luckily nobody was seriously hurt in the incident and now police can focus on catching the criminals. Thanks to CCTV footage there’s a good chance that a member of the public will be able to come forward with some further information regarding any of the men. Companies really need to have CCTV installed on their premises to be able to help stop thieves or catch them in moments like this.”

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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