January 30, 2009

Spectrum Driveway Alarm

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 3:46 pm

Suspicious behaviour is always worth checking out or reporting to the Police, especially in neighbourhood environments. But that is hard to do when you are tucked up in bed in the wee, small hours or when you and your family are relaxing at home. It is at these times when your home might be targetted by burglars. And if you live in a home with a large driveway or garden then securing your premises can be even more difficult. Which is why we here at Crime Prevention Products highly recommend the Spectrum Driveway Alarm.

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August 22, 2008

A THIRD OF ALL HOMES FALLS VICTIM TO GARDEN BURGLARY

Filed under: Home Security,Uncategorized — admin @ 10:57 am

CUMBRIA Police are advising people to secure their gardens in the same way they secure their homes to combat the rise of garden related crime over the summer months. Many gardeners are keeping up to £2,000 worth of ornaments and tools outdoors but doing almost nothing to protect them and their garden sheds could be thieves’ target.

Terry Rattee of Crime Prevention Products advises keeping garden sheds and gates locked and fitting Prikka Strips to wall or fence tops to thwart burglars ensuring your boundary fences, walls and gates are kept in good order as these provide a valuable deterrent for the would-be-thief.

chaperone_siren_padlock_alarm_dw24Make sure the fabric of your shed/garage is in good overall condition and fit a good quality lock to the door making sure any fittings are bolted through the door with concealed screws. He suggests fitting one of the latest types of Siren Padlock Alarm as they are not expensive and will pay for themselves very quickly. They are robust padlocks with the huge advantage of triggering a loud two-tone 110 decibel siren if anybody tampers with the lock. The alarm switches off after 10 seconds if no further movement is detected, so it will not annoy the neighbours but will immediately re-sound if the lock is tampered with again. A little expense in terms of the lock can be money well spent and may help with any insurance premiums and subsequent claims if the worst does happen.

keypad_pir_intruder_alarmMarking equipment with your postcode or name using a Permanent UV Marking Pen increases the chances of the property being recovered and returned to its rightful owner and can be done quickly and easily. There are also Alpha Dot Marking Systems available which are small pots containing hundreds of tiny micro dots suspended in liquid which are simply ‘painted’ into inaccessible areas with the small brush provided. A few dabs with the brush into corners etc. are enough to deposit quite a few of the micro dots, each of which contains a unique identifying code which is traceable back to the owner via a free database. Remember, the thief would have to find ALL the dots whereas the police only need find ONE!

With the warmer weather over the summer months a lot of people will be regularly using their bicycles and storing them in sheds and garages. This is one of the most popular items for thieves to steal and sell on. Shed Alarms are a useful deterrent and can be purchased for just a few pounds and are available by Mail Order.

July 25, 2008

Counterfeit £20 Notes Flooding UK

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 6:36 am

COUNTERFEIT MONEY ALERT

Warnings have been issued about the use of forged £20 banknotes across the country in the last few weeks now reaching epidemic proportions.  Police officers have become aware of counterfeit £20 notes circulating in shops and other outlets across the UK and are advising retailers to compare any suspect notes with one that is known to be genuine, as there is always something that the counterfeiters cannot reproduce properly – usually the watermark or on poor quality paper.

The quality of the paper used in genuine notes is specially manufactured and almost impossible to get hold of by counterfeiters. Two things can help prevent you being caught out by a forged note; the first is a specially made Counterfeit Detection Pen which reacts to normal paper but not to genuine currency paper. The other is a UV Lamp (either Handheld UV Lamps which are battery operated or Mains operated units available) which will illuminate the ultraviolet marking within a genuine note.

Counterfeit Detection Pens are cheap to buy and have the advantage of being very easy to use in a busy environment, simply mark each note with a quick stroke of the pen and if the mark left is clear or feint then the note is probably okay but if it leaves a dark or black mark, the note must be treated as suspect.

UV Lamps work differently, by placing a note beneath the UV Light,  it will illuminate the ultraviolet marking hidden within a genuine note but can only be seen under the black light.  On all notes except the £50 note, the UV marking is the denomination of the note (figure 5 for a £5 note and the figure 10 for a £10 note etc). On a £50 note, there should be no reflection at all. Most forgeries are based on the £20 note, this is because a £50 note attracts attention of the shopkeeper whereas a £20 note is so common these days that they barely have a 2nd glance at them and of course, it is better for the forger to get £20 than £5 or £10, hence the proliferation of forged £20 notes at the moment! 

There is also a mains operated UV Lamp available which will not only give a brighter UV light but also contains a built in white light so that you can also check the watermarks (which are almost impossible for the forger to copy). Another good use for the white light is to check the silver line running through a note. On a genuine note the line is only intermittent appearing as dashes but the forger cannot do that but makes the line appear to be dashed, however, under the white light the line shows up as continuous, another forged note saved! 

Often counterfeit notes will be handed over among genuine ones, so shopkeepers are advised to check all money thoroughly but particularly £20 notes – and shoppers and shopkeepers should be aware that if they receive a counterfeit note, the bank will not compensate them.

More information about forged notes can be found on the Bank of England’s website.

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