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Crime prevention advice after a number of recent ram raids

Alert message sent 12/10/2017 11:24:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police is issuing crime prevention advice to businesses after a number of recent ram raids.

We would urge anyone who witnessed a ram raid incident to contact Bedfordshire Police on 101.

Anyone who witness heavy plant machinery being moved around at night in suspicious circumstances is asked to call 999, as there is a strong chance it is being prepared for immediate use to commit offences.

Advice to businesses:
  • Ensure all windows and doors are locked that are not in use and all secured at the end of the working day.
  • Try to block any main access points from the road. For example if your shop is located on a high street, try to ensure a vehicle is parked outside.
  • If there is a car park for the location, explore whether this can be blocked off in any way after the hours of business
  • If you do have an ATM machine, ensure it is highly secured and in a position that is not easy to access. Ensure it is covered by CCTV.
  • Consider installing shutters and keeping the ATM machine in a separate secure room.
  • Do you have anti-ram bollards installed? Although there may be cost implications initially, this could be a lot less than the repair and recovery cost.
  • Ensure that your alarm is in full working order.
  • Ensure that your CCTV system is in full working order and that the camera lenses are not obscured by cobwebs or overgrown greenery.
  • Make it obvious that CCTV is monitoring by displaying bright signage both internally and externally.
  • Speak to any neighbouring properties; ensure they call the police if anything suspicious is seen.
  • If you are an owner of large 4x4 vehicles or agriculture machinery keep them locked and secured as we know these are targeted by the offenders.
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Gosia Grabczak (Beds Police, Administrator, Bedfordshire)

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