Stolen jewellery was all I had left of my daughter
Thursday 12th December, 2013

CALLOUS thieves have left a mum devastated after they broke into her home and stole items belonging to her dead daughter.Wendy Davies, 44, is still trying to get over the shock of suddenly losing her 27-year-old daughter Charlotte. Burglars raided her home, in Prince Avenue, Westcliff, stealing sentimental jewellery and a laptop containing pictures of Charlotte. Devastated Wendy said: “I lost my daughter in August this year – she wasn’t feeling very well and kept getting headaches, so we took her to hospital and they found she had a brain tumour and cancer. She died four days later. “I’d been wearing her necklace with a sovereign attached to it for months, and the night before the burglary I’d gone for a meal and took it off before bed. “It was the first time I’d taken it off since Charlotte died. Having it stolen was heartwrenching – the…

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CCTV for small Businesses
Sunday 10th November, 2013

CCTV offers a range of security options for the small business.  On the outside of the premises it can act both as a deterrent and monitor potential intruder activity and vandalism.  Within the building, it can track instances of theft (such as shoplifting, walk-in burglaries, major break-ins and staff thefts), vandalism and arson. CCTV explained Whether you require a single camera or a more complex CCTV security system, high-quality colour images are a reality, and can be easily managed through advanced storage, retrieval and monitoring systems. CCTV technology has the ability to work both in daylight and at night, making a properly designed and installed CCTV system a very useful deterrent to the would-be criminal.  Images can also provide visible evidence of wrongdoing that can easily be stored and passed to officials such as the Police. There’s even the option with some versions for…

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Man wanted in connection with burglary
Saturday 26th October, 2013

POLICE are hunting for a man wanted in connection with a burglary.Francis Maughan, 47, is suspected of stealing a handbag from a house in Runwell, near Wickford, on August 6. He has an Irish accent and distinctive tattoos including a dagger and serpent and a large cross on his left arm, a dagger and rose on his left forearm, and “mum” and “dad” on his right hand. Maughan, who is believed to go by other names, has short dark brown hair and is described as white, slim, and 5ft 9ins tall. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact Chelmsford CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Source: http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/10765988.Man_wanted_in_connection_with_burglary/

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Appeal for information about Westcliff burglary
Saturday 19th October, 2013

Detectives are appealing for information following a burglary in Westcliff. The break-in happened when thieves forced their way in through a rear door of a house on Badgers Close between 2am and 4:30am on Saturday, October 12. Thieves stole approximately £8,000 of electrical equipment including a large-screen television, an Apple computer, a games console and a framed Beatles picture. Anyone who heard or saw suspicious activity near to the junction with Southbourne Grove in the early hours of Saturday morning is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.Source: http://www.southendcdrp.co.uk/crime_updates.php  

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Alarming rise in Southend crime
Tuesday 15th October, 2013

CRIME is up in Southend – with big increases in burglary, violence and car break-ins.Plummeting police budgets, poverty, a busy summer and relatively low crime last year have all been blamed for a 6.8 per cent rise in crime since April. Police have launched high-visibility patrols checking doors are locked in areas hit by break-ins after burglaries rose by 12.5 per cent and vehicle crime shot up by more than a quarter. Chief Insp Matt Bennett said: “It’s no secret we are facing severe budget cuts and we have got more severe cuts coming.” Police say the tide is turning and hope to “claw back” some of the lost ground by the end of the year, but Chief Insp Bennett admitted they would not make up the 458 more crimes which have been committed since April than the same period last year. The district commander for Southend was especially worried by the…

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Westcliff jeweller’s diamond heist
Tuesday 15th October, 2013

​A DIAMOND haul, worth more than £15,000, was stolen from a Westcliff jewellers in an early morning raid yesterday. Crooks took diamond rings and pendants from Aaron Lyons Goldsmiths in a quick-fire raid. They broke into the back of the shop, in Hamlet Court Road, at about 12.35am. The business’s alarm was triggered, causing police and the owner to be on the scene within minutes, but there was already no sign of the raiders. Owner Aaron Lyons, 33, said: “It was a horrible thing to come out to. “They’ve stolen jewellery that was in the display cabinet and a few bits from the workshop, some of which were very valuable.” Although he hadn’t finished totting up the damage when he spoke to the Echo yesterday, he believed about 30 items had been taken and provisionally estimated they could be worth upwards of £15,000. He added: “They were in and…

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Police appeal after Shoebury Burglary
Sunday 13th October, 2013

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Shoebury. Between 5pm on September 4 and 4am on September 5, a flat in Saxon Gardens was broken in to after a front door was forced open. A silver/grey Compaq A900 laptop computer was stolen. Neighbours reported seeing a white man, possibly aged in his teens loitering outside the address between the times the burglary was believed to have occurred. He has short brown hair and wore a light grey tracksuit. He was on a mountain bike. Anyone with information about this man or the burglary should contact Dc Jon Holden at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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MET Police Recommend Burglar Alarms
Sunday 13th October, 2013

Alarm systems are a worthwhile investment in the protection of your home and family. Studies reveal that it is far less likely that you will become the victim of a burglary at home if you have a correctly fitted and well maintained burglar alarm. However, they should be regarded only as one element within a complete security package. The variety of alarms and their fitting is a complex subject. As a starting point the installation should meet with British Standard 4737/BS EN 50131. This type of installation refers to hard-wired systems as opposed to wire-free. Though more expensive than many wire-free or DIY packages on the market, they are more reliable and conform to the Association of Chief Police Officers Intruder Alarm Policy. The only wire free system which conforms both to British Standards and the ACPO Intruder Alarm Policy is a BS 6799 Class VI alarm. This type is typically more…

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