Important news from Cumbria Police
7th November, 2014
Following a number of attempted break-ins of commercial premises in Penrith town centre over the last week, crime prevention officers would like to encourage all business owners to be vigilant and take a few simple precautions.
Since the 22nd October 2014, four shops in Penrith were the subject of an attempted break-in; two in Angel Square, one in Princes Street, and one in King Street.
Police are appealing for any information about these incidents, which have all occurred overnight. Nothing was stolen but door frames were damaged.
Claire Stevens, Crime Prevention Officer, said: “These attempted break-ins are an important reminder for all business owners to keep security in mind. Putting crime prevention measures in place can significantly help in burglary prevention. Local Crime Prevention Officers are available to talk about the importance of security with managers to ensure that it is a daily part of their normal routine.”
The following are some top security tips:
- Securely lock all entrances and exits overnight.
- Strengthen doors and windows.
- Protect valuables by using a good-quality safe.
- Keep expensive items hidden and out of public view.
- Consider secure cages in your stockroom.
- Install a burglar alarm, using an approved installer.
- Consider CCTV. It works best when combined with other security measures.
- Consider anti-graffiti paint or plastic coating on windows.
- Consider installing grilles or shutters to prevent break-ins.
- Secure your boundaries, restricting access to flat roofs etc.
- Make sure any dark corners are well lit.
For more information visit: www.cumbria.police.uk/bizcrimeadvice
Anyone with any information should contact Cumbria Police on the non-emergency number 101. If you do not wish to speak to the police you can call Crimestoppers and leave information anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.