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commercial CCTV in the store showed the true story and the footage is now being used in a public appeal

Leading providers of commercial security, AlertSystems, have commented on the recent news that two thieves in Coventry used a wheelchair as a decoy to hide stolen food.

Police in Coventry have recently reviewed CCTV evidence showing a pair of shoplifters who decided to utilise a wheelchair to steal goods from a Marks and Spencer service station store. The unscrupulous shoplifters feigned disability in order to pull wool over the eyes of staff and other shoppers. However, commercial CCTV in the store showed the true story and the footage is now being used in a public appeal.

The CCTV recording clearly shows a female simulating disability, using any opportunity of an empty aisle to walk around unaided. She quickly takes specific goods from the shelves and places them under her coat. The footage also shows a man accompanying her, helping push the wheelchair around the store and load her backpack with food.

The police have found that the pair took around £60 worth of packaged meat from the shop shelves before making a hasty exit. The West Midlands Police are now appealing to the public for help in identifying the pair. The woman in the wheelchair is described as black, in her mid-30s and around 5ft 7in tall. The man is also of a similar age, black and roughly 6ft tall.

As leading providers of CCTV security, AlertSystems takes a keen interest in industry relevant news. A spokesperson from the company made the following statement: “It is always unfortunate when burglaries happen within opening hours and right under the noses of staff members. However, without effective CCTV security, steps to bring these criminals to justice could not be taken.

“It is very fortunate that Marks and Spencer took the time to invest in high quality security solutions. Police can now take the appropriate steps to resolve the case and bring the deceiving pair to justice. Staff cannot be expected to keep an eye on all customers at any one time, but CCTV covers store blind spots in order to prevent and provide evidence for crimes such as 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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