Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Previously Burglarized?

    Houses that have been broken into have a much higher risk of being burglarized again than those that have never had an incident. This is partly due to some of the factors that made them vulnerable in the first place are diffiicult to change, such as an isolated location or proximity to a park or other high risk factor.
    Previously burglarized homes are up to four times more likely to be targeted again compared with non-burglarized homes. And a subsequent break & enter is most likely to occur within six weeks of the initial crime.

    There are a number of reasons for this...

Ease of access to the house, thieves are on the look out for quick and easy opportunities.
Target hardening did not take place after the initial B & E, no steps were taken to prevent access.
The burglar returns for property left behind.
The burglar tells other burglars about this great prospect.
The burglar returns later assured that the items he stole have been replaced by the owner, usually through an insurance claim or simply the owner cannot do without the big screen TV or their computer.

    Another caution...

Homes near a burglarized house are at an increased risk too. If the previous target has been hardened, the
thief will pick another house nearby that they feel will contain similar property, assuming everyone wants
to 'keep up with the Jones'.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Before Signing a Lease...

   When signing a lease on a new property, storefront, or warehouse space don't get caught short like our poor client did this week. Our client had just recently negotiated a lease on a secondary location in New Westminster and called us in again to provide the security products he needs to be able to stay open.

   John arrived to determine what was needed, but the owner/landlord was completely resistant to his new tenant's concerns about theft.  "No bars or gates on my building" was his decree. John and client tried reasoning with the landlord, telling him about the number of Break-ins and attempts at the other location before security measures were taken, but the landlord would not bend.

   Our client is beside himself, knowing he is unable to take the necessary steps most businesses need to take to prevent rampant theft. He stated he would not have taken this lease space had he known the landlord would  be so unreasonable about this issue. We wish him the best of luck and will try to negotiate the installation of Lexan on his windows and door with the landlord.

The motto of this story...  Make sure the landlord will allow you to install any necessary security products like gates or bars or bollards etc before you sign a lease and better yet - get it in writing!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bollard Time

It seems to be bollard time again...

We've had a run on vehicle anti-ramming posts this week ( or bollards as we also call them).

The need for them always seems to peak in the late fall leading upto Christmas.
Stolen trucks are used to drive through entryways into storefronts.

This kind of theft is hugely damaging and severely costly as large windows, doors, framework has to be replaced  and store downtime can be crippling to a small business especially if they're waiting for an insurance claim payout or replacement of specialized doors/windows etc. or worse have sustained structural damage and need city engineering approvals before being able to open again.

Langley generally seems more targeted for Drive Thru's for some reason and in the past we've seen five or six stores hit (literally) in one weekend.

As we reported last week, a big box store in South Surrey was targeted and thieves inside their stolen truck from Ocean Park Ford drove up seven stairs and through the front doors causing a huge amount of damage. We've never seen that stunt before but thats no surprise, thieves try to do their best to get in and we do are best to keep them out. Bollards are now in place so it won't happen again.

One of the worst episodes we heard about was a young punk who stole a truck and drove thru a clothing store, smashed everything, destroyed the truck as well and then walked out with one leather jacket for himself. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage and he didn't care one little bit, he had a new coat.

The single most effective way to stop drive-thru's are with anti-ramming bollards set into concrete outside vulnerable entryways. Concrete planters filled with rock, dirt, and plant materials work well but must also be anchored into the concrete, careful consideration to sidewalk access (particularly physically challenged people's access) must be considered.

RobberStoppers installs both of the above as well wrought iron decorative and removeable posts.

We also sell and install Polyethylene Covers in a variety of colors for bollards that are looking a little worse for wear.

For high risk stores or businesses Bollards placed in the correct spot will work to protect against destructive drive-thru's, in fact once installed RobberStoppers has never had to replace a single one due to another attempt.

If you require any further information simply give us a call at 604 501-1288 or visit our website at


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Point of Sale Terminals

This is an email we sent to the Province Newspaper concerning a story about thefts of Point of Sale Terminals...

From: RobberStoppers []

Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 6:08 PM

To: Baziuk, Laura (The Province)

Subject: Point of sale terminal theft


Thanks for an interesting article on POS terminal thefts, one that we are pleased to see being addressed in this issue of The Province.
This is a problem that is only going to get worse unless Restaurants and Retailers take more responsibility for safeguarding their customer's credit and financial information.

Within the last year, our company RobberStoppers, was contacted by a well known Pizza Chain about a number of thefts concerning their POS terminals from various locations around the lower mainland. We, at RobberStoppers, were unaware of these kinds of thefts and surprised at how common it was becoming.
We had never heard about it on the news at all.

So we designed and manufactured an attractive,super strong steel case/cage that accommodated and locked in their terminals which was then anchored to the counter. The pricing was quite reasonable at $229.00 plus $50.00 for installation but only a few of these individually owned restaurants purchased them from us. We are pleased to report  that there was no other theft or security problems ever reported by these restaurants once their POS terminal were secured by our cages.

I followed up with others in this same pizza chain and also sent information to other restaurants and pubs, who use a POS terminal, about the benefits of locking down their POS terminals with this steel cage but got almost no response.

To say that I was surprised at this would be an understatement. This seems like such a minimal and inexpensive step to take to protect valued client information that not doing so borders on irresponsibility.
 A CBC March 12 2010 article about the same subject in Abbotsford generated a huge and angry response from readers, many reporting that if their identity was stolen they would sue the retailer/restaurant.

And as for the owners at Taps Restaurant, they need to realize that locking the terminal in a room is hardly going to prevent another theft. The thieves know they have replaced the stolen terminal and will jimmy their way thru a locked door to get the replacement as easily as a knife through butter.

They, like every other restaurant and pub will have to beef up their security and lock down their terminals, wipe and delete all customer info from the terminals every night.

 Maybe then we can all feel safe about protecting our credit and identity information when we go out for dinner. Or maybe we should just pay with cash!