Thursday, February 12, 2015

Property Crime Spike In Surrey

Surrey RCMP have just released 2014 crime stats and they unfortunately show a huge jump in property crimes. Break and enters shot up 24% last year over 2013. Incidents of stolen propery was up 47% .

This is a serious rise of criminal activity in Surrey BC. and a worrisome trend.

We will not comment on what needs to be done to end it but we do know how to keep your home, family, and belongings safe.

Please call us at 604 501-1288 for more information
or visit our website

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer Updates

Apologies for the lack of posts and information over the last months.

John has concentrated on business and client needs and I have been busy with family matters.

A shortage of posts is not an indication of a shortage of crime. It has been a busy summer with an increase of break-ins this year over last.  Open windows and doors due to warm days and nights have made it easy for thieves to gain entry.  Pharmacies, Dentists, and Doctor's offices have been heavily targeted. Theives are showing great ingenuity getting into gardening and warehouse compounds forcing businesses to up the ante on their perimeter security. And now we are experiencing more calls for Bollards as drive-thrus are on an increase.

And so, thank you for checking in and checking back, we will be giving more info on specific target areas and crime links and advice too in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Commercial Barricade Bar Installation Video

Our Comercial Barricade Bars are extremely reliable, easy to install, and offer excellent protection for steel exit/entry doors. They can be shipped anywhere or we can install in the Vancouver area.

Please view our installation guide on the following link....

Please call 604 501-1288 and we will be happy to answer any questions.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Report Crime Online...

This info is from the VPD website

Did you know that you can report some crimes via the internet

visit : wa/

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How RobberStoppers Can Tell Summer is Coming

Even though we've had a pretty wet spring so far, somewhere out there in the lower mainland there are people that have faith that better weather is on its way.  Yes I am talking about thieves.

Optimistic about sunny days ahead, they've been very busy... 

And so have we, responding to break ins to such fair weather businesses as...

Optical stores who have just received their new sunglasses inventory

Bike Stores,  Vancouver bike lanes may get busy this summer

Big bike stores, as in motorcycles. Helmets and leather outfits and bike gear for the open road

Tanning Salons who carry expensive tanning lotions

Stores that sell camping equipment

And since its BBQ time, stores that sell gas grills.

Thieves may steal it but people buy it. Call me an optimist too but I like to think that when people buy things online or at swap meets most don't know where its coming from. They just think they're getting a good deal!

But you know what they say...  if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Monday, May 27, 2013

South Surrey Alert

After finding and returning some bank cards and other personal id in a walkway to a park, we talked with the RCMP Officer who came at the bequest of the owner to pick them up. The wallet had been stolen out of a parked car not too far away.

He reported that car break ins are a big problem in South Surrey White Rock area. It is not such an issue in other areas but South Surrey residents are just too trusting.

Thieves will move quickly through a neighborhood looking into cars to see what has been left inside.
We've been told by others that they have seen this happening in broad daylight not just at nighttime. Pretty brazen actually!

The Officer also said that what they are really looking for is garage door openers so that they can break into homes.

So lock those cars and take your garage door remote inside with you, otherwise you could be leaving your home and family very vulnerable.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Attractive Window Security

     Elegant and attractive,  'The Kerrisdale' is one of a number of custom designs we make and install.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

John's Uncle, Kenny Gammie, used to be a beat cop on the Downtown East Side back when it was a very different place then it is today. He was a giant of a man, tough but caring, if he said move it, believe me very few would refuse. He made a positive impact down there in his day. He retired from the force in the early eighties, before this tough area of the city  morphed into the pit it has become. I wonder what he would think about the DTES now.

We came across this blog and we at RobberStoppers urge everyone to read these powerful and moving stories...

Eastside Stories - Diary of a Vancouver Beat Cop

Steve writes honestly and movingly about life on the downtown east side.

Big Uncle Ken would be shocked at the changes but we know he would be proud of the job these guys do in such a difficult enviroment.

Thank you Steve, a most excellent blog!!

South Vancouver Break ins, VPD Alert

The Vancouver Police Department has noticed an unusual increase in Residential Garage Break-and-Enters in your area.

The Hot Spot Area is within the boundary of:

E 48th Ave- north, Chester St- east, E 54th Ave- south, and Ontario St- west

The break-ins are occurring overnight to garages.
Entry is being gained through unlocked or insecure man-doors.
Items being stolen include groceries, lawn mowers, and tools.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Remembering the Riots

Last week we noticed an increase in calls from concerned business owners in the downtown area. Now that the Playoffs are looming, many businesses and stores are worried about a repeat of the damage caused by last years riot.

RobberStoppers can re-inforce any business'es security with Lexan glass shields, retractable gates, and window bars of course.

We are currently manufacturing and installing removeable mesh shields (for game nights) in two locations in Vancouver. We are calling them Riot Guards and pictures will be forthcoming this week. We are very excited about this new product and feel they are an excellent solution to stop entry by rioters.

Please call 604 501-1288 for more info

Saturday, March 10, 2012

RobberStoppers supports Langley High Schools Special Ed class....

We had heard through the news that, Langley Senior Secondary High School's, Special Education class had had not one but two break ins, the students were very upset, some devastated and couldn't understand why someone would steal their computers.
The computers "Macs" were paid for by the students fund raising activities and they certainly showed pride in their achievements, but after the second theft with no money in the school's budget to replace them, the community stepped up...... RobberStoppers secured the room so that it couldn't happen again, Canadian Direct Insurance donated the replacement computers and a group from the Geek Squad came in and set them up.
The next week the students put on a very big thank you party for everyone, which was greatly attended, even the Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Carl Valentine and  Dan Lenarduzzi came bearing gifts of tickets to a Vancouver Whitecaps game for the entire class.
It is always great to see the support of a community in times of need, we have seen this over and over and have made an effort to be there ourselves over the years when we are needed.
RobberStoppers supports many community groups and charities and has supplied and installed our products for the SPCA, the Surrey Food Bank, Union Gospel Mission, many Churches, Schools, the Salvation Army, Respite care homes and many individuals and families that just could not afford the peace of mind and security that our products provide.

The BCIT magazine came out and did an interview at our shop, below is a link to the interview:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Retractable Gates Provide Safe Storage Solution

We were recently approached to provide a safe storage solution for containers of chemicals.

Workers needed continual daytime access to the vats but they needed to be able to lock them away safely at night.

So we manufactured overheight retractable gates that fold away on either side of the storage shelves.

RobberStoppers gates open

Gates closed

This photo shows the chemicals locked away at night. The manufacturing company were happy with the results.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Strange Criminals

A Surrey man is accused of having pulled off a strange robbery in North Vancouver on Friday.

Police say Cory Henderson, 21, walked away without paying his $38 bill after dining at the "Brown's Social House" on Lonsdale Friday night. When staff at the restaurant confronted him about it, he allegedly replied by telling them to call police and tell them he'd be at the Esso Gas Station next door.

Moments later, the North Vancouver RCMP received a hold-up alarm from the gas station.

"The same male allegedly held a screwdriver to the employee's neck and robbed the gas station of an undisclosed amount of money," Cpl. Richard de Jong said. "The suspect reportedly then returned to 'Browns' restaurant and paid the unpaid bill with the just-stolen money."


Read more:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Home Invasion Warning

A 72-year-old man was assaulted and robbed during a home invasion Wednesday in the 400-block of Raindance Crescent, West Vancouver.

The assailant allegedly forced his way into the home at approximately four a.m. when the man and the 70-year-old female homeowner were sleeping.

The suspect is accused of stealing a wooden box filled with jewelry and a wallet filled with cash and credit cards.

The male resident suffered facial injuries. The female resident was not assaulted.

The suspect is described as a male, five feet 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds. He wore dark clothing, a baseball cap and a bandana on his face, according to police. He spoke English and had a deep voice.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the West Vancouver Police Department and refer to WVPD file # 12-603 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Courtesy North Shore News

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Surrey Break Ins Alert

Since New Years we have seen a substantial increase in B&E's along the Fraser Hwy Corridor. The area between 160th and 184th has been hard hit and we have responded to and secured a number of businesses including a dental office, software co, insurance agency, financing co, and a food market.

Please pass this message on to Surrey businesses in this area as they are definitely being targeted.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wishing You All The Best

A New Year is just about upon us...

All of us at RobberStoppers wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

We would especially like to thank all of our customers this year and we hope you will stay safe and secure.

John and Karen Leyburn

Monday, December 5, 2011

End of the Year

Well it is the last month of the year and Christmas is upon us.  Security is of major concern to retailers at this time of year who are well stocked on merchandise. Other types of businesses worry about closing for the holidays and being broken into,  and others like this season for grand openings of new locations.

We are currently very busy, working on a large rental company's new location, a major home/sporting goods/auto centers new location, gold/jewellry shops, a home where the occupant has been threatened, an engine manufacturing company, bollards to be placed in front of storefronts and parking spaces, a neighborhood corner store, property management contracts, and patio gates and window bars for several customers who will install themselves.

With all the banging and drilling it is noisier than Santa's workshop in our warehouse. We are hoping to close for a few days after Christmas but that depends on how many B&E's occurred over the holidays, and while any are too many at this special time of year, we will be there for those who need us.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Thank You From the BC Teachers Federation

It was with great pleasure and pride that we welcomed Laurence Grief from Langley Secondary School to our office and warehouse a week or so ago. He came in with copies of their BCTF Newsletter to show us that we were mentioned and thanked us again for the security work that we contributed when they experienced their break in and loss.

Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 24, Number 2, October 2011

Thank you Canadian Direct Insurance and everyone else who helped out my classroom

By Gurpreet Mahil

It is heart breaking when your classroom is broken into and all your computers and the television are stolen. It makes you angry when the attack is against students who have special needs.

But, when a robbery happens a second time and the thieves break in using bolt cutters to do their smash and grab, you feel rage.

My students, who are in the low incidence, dependent handicapped class at Langley Secondary School, could not understand why thieves would target them a second time. They had trouble expressing their feelings but I could feel their sadness and their parents spoke to me about the sleepless nights some were encountering as they tried to process the theft.

As a teacher, after such a horrendous experience, you are left with the tough decision.
Do you say nothing and hope that the school board would see the wrongness of the action, support you with making the insurance claim, and ensure restoration of the equipment?

I chose to take action immediately and contact the press to tell the story. I wanted my students to tell the world that we will push back against crime fuelled by drug addiction.

Everyone needed to know that a wrong had been committed and that we were going to try to restore our classroom.

BCTF Advantage partner, Canadian Direct Insurance responded immediately with a commitment to restore all the computers and the television. They were equally disgusted by the mean-spirited way my students were treated by these thieves.

Best Buy worked with Canadian Direct to process the order and offered their Geek Squad to set up all the equipment.

Telus offered support and provided laptops, and the Geek Squad set them up to be useable in the resource room.

A wonderful Surrey company, RobberStoppers, offered to secure the room and they did so in a way that protected the dignity of the students. Their gift to the class was so wonderful.

The students in my program love soccer and were thrilled when the Vancouver Whitecaps offered support and encouragement to the students.

We held a “restoration celebration” and Colin Brown, chief operating officer, Canadian Direct Insurance, flew down from Edmonton to present the computers and television to the students. He said, “As a community, we struggle together to help each other and that it is important to support the most vulnerable in our society. No child should have to go through this horrible experience.”

Carl Valentine, Vancouver Whitecaps community liaison manager, said, “It is important for the students to know that we care and value their contribution to our society and what they experienced is wrong. We are part of the community and the Whitecaps feel proud to support the courage of the class to speak out about what happened to them.”

My students were guests of the Whitecaps FC on June 18 at the soccer game against the Philadelphia Union.

I was so proud of my class when they hosted the “restoration celebration” for the school and the donors. They presented beautiful signed plaques to each sponsor and we had an enjoyable luncheon.

I want to thank my colleagues at Langley Secondary School for being so helpful and supportive in protecting the rights of my students and I want to truly thank Canadian Direct Insurance and all the other sponsors for helping us.

Gurpreet Mahil, teacher, Low Incidence and Dependent Handicapped Program, Langley Secondary School, Langley.

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Thank you for your kind works Mr. Mahil, we so enjoyed 'the restoration celebration', the kids were great and worked so hard to make it special for everyone involved.

We have been informed by Mr. Greeff that there has been no other incidences and that the class feels much safer. And that makes us feel great!

Karen and John Leyburn

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Theft by Remote Control VPD ALERT

VPD Crime Alert
You have received a Crime Alert that relates to your neighbourhood.

The Vancouver Police Department has noticed an unusual crime pattern involving remote garage door openers, relating to Residential Break-and-Enters in your area.

The Hot Spot Area is within the boundary of:
City of Vancouver, Southwest Sector - west of Main Street

Vancouver Police have identified a trend in auto break-ins involving the theft of garage door openers. Thieves are breaking into vehicles parked on the street, stealing the remote garage door openers and then using them to commit break and enters to garages, amounting to even greater property losses.

Residents parking their vehicles on the street are encouraged to keep their remote garage door openers with them when they leave their vehicles unattended, or, program the in-car remote garage door buttons.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Safe Streets- How Far Would You Go?

Big Brother will definitely be watching over this town. Even the London Daily Mail, whose city is notorious for video cameras everywhere says this is going too far.

City lights spy on Farmington Hills, Michigan

In Farmington Hills, Michigan, things just got a whole lot creepier. Officials say the installation of ten new high-tech light posts will curb crime and cut energy costs for the Midwest community.

All the townspeople have to do in return is give up their privacy.

Farmington Hills just became the first city in America to host a state-of-the-art system of lampposts that make up something called the Intellistreets system. Farmington Hills native Ron Harwood worked over ten years to make the project a reality, and as of Friday his dream had fully come to fruition. For his neighbors that dream of a future where their every move won’t be monitored, however, they might want to think about heading out of Michigan.

Simply put, the Intellistreets project is a system of Internet-connected luminaries that communicate with one another across the city. In addition to lighting the area, they can broadcast verbal and written messages, monitor rainfall and give directions.

According to their own website, the system is also great for “data harvesting.”

Not only does Intellistreets offer information about the neighborhood and provide light, it also monitors the conversations of pedestrians, records video, monitors foot-traffic and counts heads — all of which is recorded and stored for possible analysis. And according to Harwood, the tiny 80,000 community of Farmington Hills isn’t going to be the only town using his technology — Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh have placed orders and the inventor claims that he is in talks with the Department of Homeland Security.

“This is not a system with spook technology,” Harwood tells WXYZ News. To placate that argument, however, one must be comfortable knowing that their every move and whisper is recorded and monitored by a network of computers between posts that can be controlled by a central hub, iPhone or tablet.

Harwood himself adds that he thinks airport body scanners are more invasive than his own system. Regardless of which one he favors, it is no lie that the two are totally on par with one another. And although a festive media event accompanied the ribbon-cutting last week, outlets are quickly ignoring Harwood’s claims of using the technology to better the community and are dismissing them for the sneaky truth.

"The transformation of street lights into surveillance tools for Homeland Security purposes will only serve to heighten concerns that the United States is fast on the way to becoming a high-tech police state,” Infowars reported recently. Even abroad, London’s Daily Mail has singled out the project for infringing on civil liberties.

As a backlash began to hit Intellistreets, the company removed a YouTube video that offered an eerie insight into the surveillance capabilities, touts itself as “The solution for all college campuses” and discusses the system’s ability to store and analyze data. The video was also quick to once again note the Homeland Security features which have the potential to link up to government agencies. Infowars has since responded, asking, “If Intellistreets is such a cutting-edge concept that presents an array of wonderful benefits, as the promo video claims, then why remove it from You Tube?”

“Now that the company has tried to hide the video, it will only generate more suspicion about the true purpose behind Intellistreets and the level of involvement on behalf of Homeland Security,” reads a blog post on the site.

At $3,000 a piece, IntelliStreets luminaries have the potential of lowering energy costs by adjusting brightness to match the appropriate atmosphere and location. Additionally, the company says it has an endless number of entertainment options and can serve as a public address system of sorts and offer advertisements up to passersby. That’s right — it records video, counts heads and spews propaganda! When you put it that way, it’s no wonder that Harwood is in cahoots with Homeland Security.

As of Friday, Farmington Hills has nearly a dozen of the posts, which was afforded through $791,300 in federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds the city was awarded in 2009.

                                                                                                 Article taken from news

Never in Canada We say!

John and Karen,    RobberStoppers Security Products Ltd