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.

Teacher newsmagazine

Current Issue

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 rt.com news

Never in Canada We say!

John and Karen,    RobberStoppers Security Products Ltd

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ham Burglar

We have had incidences where thieves have broken into peoples homes and made off with food, alcohol, and even eaten while there.

So we were not surprised to see this article in the Surrey Now Paper....


Delta Police are looking for a ham burglar. A North Delta resident who had been out for a few hours returned to his home in 11400 block of 75A Avenue last week to find his upper patio door wide open , a loaf of bread on the counter, and ham on the patio railing.
Unfortunately as well, his bedroom had been ransacked with drawers and tables tossed about. This was the second breakin in North Delta 7900 block of 115th street.

A retractable scissor gate on the patio door would have ensured a full fridge for this unfortunate resident.
Our prices start at only $ 489.00

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Solution to Outside Electrical Wire Theft....

A few weeks ago, we received a call from a client who had all their wiring stripped from the side and rear of their building. At great cost they replaced all the wiring but overnight another attempt to steal their electrical had been made. They felt extremely vulnerable as they knew it was only a matter of time before it happened again, and ensuring power supply to their building was of course absolutely necessary.

 As you will see from the following photos, their building, located in Delta, is fairly isolated and the outside wiring at the back was quite hidden away and convenient to another attempt.

Exposed Wires - before

We manufactured 14 gauge steel casements /panels to fit over the exposed wiring and copper airconditioning lines.

Wires Hidden and Secured - after


Wires after - now protected

The casements are securely fastened down with a high strength steel drive-in anchors and were powdercoated for weather protection and look like a part of the building.

Scott and Ben installing the wiring covers

Total cost of  our installation was a fraction of what the electrical replacement had been. No further attempts at theft have been reported we are happy to report!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Metal Theft

Metal theft is a big problem here and everywhere else it seems. There are countless stories in the news and internet of this problem across Canada and the U.S, Britain and Europe. Soaring metal prices, expensive ore processing, and financial pain across the globe is bringing on another epidemic of theft.

Thousands of dollars stolen from local companies like Coupal Cranes in Port Coquitlam, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wiring stolen from BC Hydro and Telus. Two thirds of Telus's outages are caused by cable theft. With phone and internet services cut how can people call for emergency response. Not acceptable here or anywhere!

Artwork, grave headstones, and statues are being stolen. In the U.K, rows of houses in W. Yorkshire blew up because of theft of the copper piping that connects gas mains to gas meters, leaving leaking gas lines. Other areas of the country are experiencing it too, with a number of emergency evacuations of whole neighborhoods taking place. Train stoppages are widespread because of theft.

A woman cut off web access to the whole of  Armenia while scavenging for copper.

In July, the Jamaican government has banned the scrap metal trade indefinitely because of widespread theft of metal across the island totalling more than a billion in valuable equipment, infrastructure, and private business loss.

Too many stories to list.

Copper, aluminum, bronze, stainless steel, nickel and scrap iron are metals that are targeted, fuelled by the massive manufactuing needs of China and India. Copper has such a high value as scrap because recycling copper is a lossless process - virtually 100% of the material is recovered and the process uses far less energy than using raw ore.

But there are solutions, locally we need to crack down on unscrupulous scrap dealers. BC Provincial legislation should be enacted to blanket the uneveness of individual municipal regulations here in the lower mainland regarding scrap metal collection. Mailing payment cheques to sellers at their home address making Meth addicts wait, has worked well in Washington and Oregon.

See my next post about how we at RobberStoppers helped a local business with their wire theft problem...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thank goodness for Kienan's safe return...

Just wanted to say what a heartfelt relief it was to hear of little Kienan's safe return to his Sparwood family. It was so hard to imagine what they were going through, such a gracious family. A really amazing end to this story, unbelievable really!

Nobody likes to think about what could have happened.

Nobody likes to think about their child being taken in the middle of the night from their own house.
But that is what we all should be doing right now. Using the blessing of Kienan's return to examine our homes and determine how safe it is for our children and family. We need to ask - could someone get in even through a locked door, or a window left open?

My daughter is safe in our house. We have a Steel Security door on our front door, we have a retractable scissor gate on our glass patio door, and removeable window bars on all accessible windows. And I sleep really good at night because of it. And our home does not look like a fortress but it does feel like one. One that protects us.

Our homes are our sanctuary and should be a place of safety for our family. I urge all parents to look around their homes and do the things necessary to keep your little treasures safe.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

How to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home for Burglars...

Remember the old addage you only get one chance to make a good first impression. When burglars go house hunting, not all, but some are pretty fussy, so we'll give you the straight goods on what to do to catch and keep any potential thief's attention as they drive around your neighborhood..

symmetryThis entryway has the burglar Wow factor...
Lots of glass on the front door is a huge positive.
So when they do a knock on the door to see if anyone's home they will get a great view into the house to see what valuables are inside. They can see the size of the TV, where the computer is located (saves time once they're inside), and any purses or camera's that may be left lying around.

Secondly, there is a good choice of glass panels to break, even most first time burglars would choose the pane to the left of the door handle. With one small crack on the glass, there is very little noise, less glass breakage, ( remember neatness counts), and then just reach in and turn the knob. He's inside. Super appealing to any burglar!

(Lexan glass protection would do the trick here nicely, or wrought security door)

This next photo illustrates two great selling features to thieves. First, notice the wood pile placed so conveniently, undercover and  right next to the house and window, this means the burglar doesn't even need to bring his own tools with him. Second, an abundance of sliding glass patios. Many patio glass doors are installed incorrectly and there is a good chance that one of these will just lift out.  (Too bad the owners don't have retractable scissor gates on the interior).

Fabulous Front Yards

This picture would please any would be thief...

Lots of lush landscaping give what any burglar
could want... lots of cover to hide behind.

So there you have it folks, a primer on making the best impression at street level in today's 'hot' market.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beat The Heat...

Even though we've had a cool, wet spring and summer so far, at some point we will get some hot weather. Quit rolling your eyes sceptics, you know it will come.

Retractable scissor gates are a good alternative to window bars. We make them in various sizes with a minimum height requirement of 3ft. They can be pulled across to one side or locked in the middle, your choice. When collapsed, they are not noticible and can hide behind a curtain.

Retractable Scissor Gates for Your Home

They are the absolutely the best solution to guard against entry thru unlocked patio doors too. Enjoy the summer heat with your windows wide open.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Fowl Theft

We wondered about this when we read it in the Abbotsford News. Why would anyone steal 365 pigeons?

It turns out they were mostly fancy pigeons and worth $60 to $100 each.  We say that's a pretty fancy haul!

The guy who got caught faces a whopping 60 days in jail. He also pleaded guilty to a previous charge of driving while prohibited, and still faces charges of tresspassing and theft in Maple Ridge.

Police are investigating a rash of poultry and livestock thefts in the area since last fall.

So, Valley residents not only do you have to lock up your goats but you also need to keep an eye out for fancy pigeons and maybe your chickens too.

A pretty fancy pigeon

Thursday, July 7, 2011

VPD Alert July

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

The Hot Spot Area is within the boundary of:

Blenheim St West- Oak St East- W 16th Ave North- W 37th Ave South

Garage break-ins are occurring late at night to early morning.
House break-ins are occurring during daytime hours.
Items stolen include bicycles, golf clubs, tools, laptops, jewellery, keys to vehicles, and vehicles.
Criminals are entering through unlocked doors, as well as by forcing locked doors.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

VPD - Opinion on Alarms

The following is from the VPD Crime Prevention Website....

An alarm system is intended to detect a burglary, but it will not necessarily prevent one. A system is only as good as its user and should be installed along with good physical security reinforcement, deadbolt locks, adequate lighting, secured windows and strong exterior doors.

There are two types of alarms: monitored and unmonitored. An unmonitored alarm may mean you rely on your neighbours to call the police, which may or may not happen. As for a monitored alarm, it is possible for thieves to cut the phone lines before they enter, which disables the alarm.

As always we believe the best use of  an alarm is at night, so if your home has been breached you can quickly make a 911 call.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Heart Broken

Heart Broken.


Not cracked, not wounded. Definitely not just wounded. Not lacerated. But gushing, bleeding, hemorraghing pain oh yes.  On so many levels.

Hard to believe a normal productive member of society can be so undone by A GAME.


But its not a just a game, it was a season, a season where all aspects of the game were won. From goal scoring, to power play, to defence, goals saving, where injuries and answering depth and heart and winning were triumphant.

And then the playoffs. A series, and a series and a series and a series. Convincing wins!  Belief! The waiting!

The better team of this series won tonight!  Boston Bruins Congratulations!

But so proud of you Canucks, your team has given so much entertainment and pleasure and heart stopping moments. So many times you have dug deep and come out with the cherished win. Teamwork, hardwork, levelheadedness, passion and drive. Wow! A Thank You from the bottom of my heart!

Heart broken for me.

Heart broken for you the team, the loss and sacrifice of players and family, the unfairness, thats all I will say, the harshness of the naysayers, the challenge of doing it all over again, intact.  And you will.

And tonight for the pain and embarrassment of a province and a city, this most beautiful city, disgraced by violence, has shown the world it's ugly underbelly. Lots of ugly postings out there, saying we are smug and deserve what we have gotten. But smugness and entitlement has never been what we are about.

Try independence, uniqueness, and guts!  Living on the edge of the ocean with mountain ranges separating us from the rest and at the last stop on the railway line, independence has been our way of life, we rely upon ourselves. Maybe we have become too insular. Are we too separate?

I remember our earlier Olympic joy and laughter and pride, only too willing to share it with the world.

The people responsible for this violence should have to pay.

If not, it truly is a heart broken loss.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Thieves Took Everything

Today we received a despondent phone call from a business owner on King George Hwy in Surrey, who came to work today to find everything in his ladies clothing store gone! Everything!

The business opened a few months ago but he neglected to make arrangements for his store's security. A difficult and costly mistake because even though insurance will cover that loss, he now has nothing to sell until the arrival of fall fashions. We felt very sorry for his loss.

A reminder for Business Owners, as you budget for product, advertising, fixtures, signage,  please don't forget to include the security products that will enable you to prevent this kind of loss and enable you to carry on your business.

Never forget that thieves in this town are always on the lookout for a new business opportunities too!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Well we survived the move from hell!

Three days of hefting and toting are over thank heavens and we are now in our new location on 176th Street in Cloverdale. We are happy with our larger office and showroom and bigger production area, easier freeway access will make our response time faster and more efficient.

But... we are seriously overstocked on used product.  We are always pretty busy and sometimes items just accumulate without the time to clear them out. And moving is always the best time to go through things and get rid of excess.  So if you need window bars, gates, metal grids and are not feeling too fussy but do want them to work, then we have a very good deal for you.

The shop will be in production tomorrow, Monday, but we will be organizing and setting up all week. Do come by and see us in our new location or just give us a call at 604 501-1288

RobberStoppers is now located at Unit 108 17665 66A Ave, directly on 176th Street just past the Rodeo grounds.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Only Too Happy To Help

Yesterday we were treated to a wonderful thank you lunch at Langley Secondary School by students and teachers of the special education class whose computers had been stolen yet again.

This story really touched our hearts. This bunch of charming kids really did not need this to happen to them again.

For those who don't know the story, these students fundraised and worked extremely hard to buy 4 computers for their own special needs class. In December 2010, thieves broke in and stole them. London Drugs and Homelife were kind enough to donate replacements. But in April of this year it happened again. When we heard about this story for the first time on CBC we, like many, were absolutely appalled.

John and I discussed it and decided to phone the Principal to offer our security products and installation services to stop this from happening again. Afterall it would be difficult to ask anyone else to donate if there could be no assurance that the computers would remain in the class. Principal accepted our offer, she said with relief, as there was no money in the budget for security.

So we went to work, installed window grids and steel scissor gates at all vulnerable access points so that the disgusting guys who did this can't come back again.

But back to our lunch. We had a lovely buffet of food, fruit punch, coffee, and a beautiful big thank you cake. We received a framed and signed photo of these great kids and got to watch their faces light up when their 4 new IMac computers and TV were brought in, generously donated by CDI and Telus and Best Buy, whose representatives were there as well.

The photo will cheer me whenever I enter our new office.

We hope we have contributed peace of mind and a feeling of safety to their wonderful teacher Gurpeet Mahil and to the special ed students of Langley Secondary.

Thanks guys for letting us be a part of this great ending to a very bad situation.

Monday, May 16, 2011

RobberStoppers is moving...

    We are pleased to announce that we are moving to a bigger and better location in Cloverdale. As of June 2nd our new address will be Unit 108 - 17665 - 66A ave, right on Pacific Hwy 176th Street, several blocks north of the Cloverdale Arena.

   Please drop by and visit our new warehouse and showroom, we will be showcasing some exciting new products as well as our tried and tested security products that we have been manufacturing for over 12 years.

   At this new location we hope to serve our customers better by providing a larger showroom and manufacturing center as well as easier freeway access and a more central location for our valley clients.

We can still be reached at our phone number 604 501-1288

Thank you,

Karen and John Leyburn

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Free Height Strips

We sometimes get calls on where businesses can get height strips as seen in most liquor stores.
 Surrey RCMP offers free height strips to aid business owners and staff in giving better descriptions of thieves and robbers. Phone 604 502-6266 and if you are in Surrey they will even send one of their Community Safety Officers to deliver it to you.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vancouver Police B&E Warning

VPD says Residential B&E's are up and Business B&E's remain about the same...

Vancouver Police Department

VPD Crime Alert

Annual Spring Warmer Weather B&E Warning:

Vancouver - It’s approaching the time of year when the weather is warmer and people are leaving their windows and doors open as they let fresh air in, try to stay cool, or work in their yards. The Vancouver Police Department wants to remind homeowners to be vigilant about their home security as the weather gets warmer.

There have been 821 residential break-and-enters in Vancouver so far this year. The number is up 5.8% from last year and the Vancouver Police Department is hoping that homeowners stay vigilant, particularly since 31.8% of all residential break-ins show no signs of forced entry.

“Leaving your windows and doors open can give criminals a ‘window of opportunity’ to enter your home and steal from you,” says Constable Lindsey Houghton. “Thieves will look for any window or door that they might be able to use, even ones above the ground floor.”

Windows and doors should be secured and locking mechanisms installed. Here are more crime prevention tips for homeowners and business owners.

There have been 462 break-and-enters to businesses so far this year, down 1.7% from last year.

The Vancouver Police Department is asking for your assistance:

• Lock your home! Secure all windows and doors, including upper floor windows and balcony doors.

• Consider installing additional security features such as track locks on sliding doors and windows, motion sensor lights around the perimeter of the building, or an audible alarm system.

• Try to store valuables in a room other than the master bedroom, as suspects tend to search that room first.

• Be alert and call 911 to report suspicious persons or activity, including sounds of breaking glass or home alarms, and strangers peering into or walking through yards.

• Contact your local Community Policing Centre for more security advice.

• If you are reporting a crime which relates to a crime alert– inform the 911 operator.

Take time to visit the VPD home security website for valuable crime prevention suggestions.

Don't be caught wide open when the warm weather arrives, RobberStoppers has security products that are attractive and that work, and will keep you, your family, and possessions safe.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week April 10 to 16th 2011

For every crime there is a victim!
Lets hope people come out to these events to support them or to get the support they need!

January to June 2011

Alone We Can Do So Much; Together So Much More (Training and Media Campaign)
 Prince George, BC

April, 2011

The Laura Szendrei Walk, Run, Roll Memorial
North Delta, BC

April, 2011

Addressing Unmet Needs: Victim Service Agencies and Restorative Justice Programs Working Together for Victims of Crime (Public Awareness Symposium)
Vancouver, BC

April 2011

The Awareness Project for Sexually Exploited Youth (Workshops)
Abbotsford, BC

April 2011

Take Back the Net: Technology Safety Training Event (Community Awareness)
Vancouver, BC

April 2011

VOYAGE: The Journey of a Victim (Workshop)
Vancouver, BC

April 2011

Empowering and Strengthening Women Project (Community Events)
Quesnel, BC

April 2011

The Violence Stops Here Vancouver Awareness Week (Public Presentations)
Vancouver, BC

April 2011

Aboriginal Victims of Crime Have Many Voices, Many Paths - Information Session (Community Events)
Williams Lake, BC

April 2011

Celebration of Diversity in a Diverse Community: Many Voices and Many Paths Among Farsi-Speaking Population (Public Awareness Events and Celebration)
North Vancouver, BC

April 2011

Healing Voices of Male Survivors: A Celebration in Music, Art and Spoken Word (Media Campaign and Public Awareness Events)
Victoria, BC

April 2011

Many Voices, Many Paths: National Victims of Crime Week ~ 2011 Workshop Series (Public Awareness)
Boundary, BC

April 10-16, 2011

Intimate Partner Violence in South Asian Communities: What You Can Do
New Westminster, BC

April 11-15, 2011

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2011- Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Queen Charlotte, BC

April 15, 2011

2nd Annual "Every Victim Matters" Workshop/Networking with Emphasis on Many Voices, Many Paths
Kamloops, BC

Bravo to everyone involved!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

stupid criminal jokes

Sometimes ya just have to laugh....

A man, wanting to rob a downtown Bank of America, walked into the branch and wrote "This iz a stikkup. Put all your muny in this bag." While standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he began to worry that someone had seen him write the note and might call the police before he reached the teller window. So he left the Bank of America and crossed the street to Wells Fargo. After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note to the Wells Fargo teller. She read it and, surmising from his spelling errors that he was not the brightest light in the harbor, told him that she could not accept his stick up note because it was written on a Bank of America deposit slip and that he would either have to fill out a Wells Fargo deposit slip or go back to Bank of America. Looking somewhat defeated, the man said, "Ok" and left. The Wells Fargo teller then called the police who arrested the man a few minutes later, as he was waiting in line back at Bank of America.

Gunman Simon Kingstree failed to rob a bank in Carolina, US, because staff kept laughing at his big ears - even when he threatened to shoot a cashier.

A man broke into a home and stole, among other things, men's jewelry and New Orleans Saints season tickets. The police arrested him the following Sunday at the Super Dome. He was wearing the homeowner's ring and watch and seemed surprised that the police had found him so quickly.

The Belgium news agency Belga reported in November that a man suspected of robbing a jewelry store in Liege said he couldn't have done it because he was busy breaking into a school at the same time. Police then arrested him for breaking into the school.

Arizona: A company called "Guns For Hire" stages gunfights for western movies, etc. One day, they received a call from a 47-year- old woman, who wanted to have her husband killed. She got 4-1/2 years in jail.

Oklahoma City...Dennis Newton was on trial for the armed robbery of a convenience store in a district court this week when he fired his lawyer. Assistant district attorney Larry Jones said Newton, 47, was doing a fair job of defending himself until the store manager testified that Newton was the robber. Newton jumped up, accused the woman of lying and then said, "I should of blown your [expletive] head off." The defendant paused, then quickly added, "-if I'd been the one that was there." The jury took 20 minutes to convict Newton and recommended a 30-year sentence.

Former prisoner James Knapp confessed to police that he'd robbed two stores in Oklahoma, US, because he missed his old cellmates. Police said they'd see if James could be reunited with his old friends.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Is Security Going To The Dogs?

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Unfortunately not, but some of our clients wished it had. Man's best friend can be a victim of a B&E too.
Over the years we've heard some sad stories about people's pets. One client who had his door kicked in, came home to find his dog savagely kicked and beaten, he was far more upset about that then having his tv stolen.  The dog was badly injured but did survive, thankfully!

On three other occasions, people came home to an entered home but to no dogs. Two felt their pets had been forcibly turned out by the robbers and another thought their pet had escaped through the door that was left open.
Only two of those families got their dogs back.

Another lady thought her dog had been stolen but it turns out that it was badly frightened and had been hiding under a bed during the break in.

We have made special gates for dogs, we have made various types of mesh screens to fit over or inside  windows to keep dogs in or to protect them being stolen or attacked by raccoons. We have had people tell us that they purchased security from us not so much for themselves as for the sake of their pet.

We understand... our Daisy and LouLou are a part of our family and come with us to the office most days.

Dogs are too easy to victimize! In light of the tragic and disgraceful dog killings in Whistler and the public outcry against it, it is nice to know that many people do treasure their dogs and are willing to do what's necessary to protect them.

The SPCA deserves government funding. Lets hold our politicians accountable!

Karen and John

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our First Post....

After more than a dozen years in the security industry we realized that we are in a unique position in Vancouver. We see and hear what is going on crimewise in this beautiful city because we, as owners of RobberStoppers, get called to every part of it. We see the trends, we know who is being targeted, and how the bad guys got in.

And so the idea for this website was born. To share what we' ve seen and learned about property crime so that you, our readers, can become more informed, to know what may be happening in your area, and take better precautions to protect your home, family, and business.

Why do we care?
 Because John and I were born in Vancouver, he grew up on Lulu Island (now known as Richmond) and I in South Vancouver. We've lived in the West End, in Coquitlam, Delta and South Surrey. We remember how safe and peaceful it all used to be when we were growing up and we are shocked at how that has changed. Shocked that the lower mainland has the highest property crime rate in Canada and is now second only to Miami in all of North America, that many people don't feel safe in their neighbourhoods.

 And yes readers we now need to take steps to protect our homes and families and safeguard our possessions. I can wish that there wasn't a need for window bars and extra security in all areas of the lower mainland but wishing isn't going to make it go away. Both John and I are proud of our company and how we have helped people after an upsetting even tramautic experience and how we've protected others from having to go through that. If sharing our knowledge and experience helps even one person stay safe, then we're happy!

What can you expect to see on this site?
Funny stories, sad stories, trends, tips, opinions, information,  photos, and videos. We hope you will check back often!

Please check our company website http://www.robberstoppers.com/  for information on our security products, free onsite estimates,  or give us a phone call 604 501-1288.

Thank you,
Karen and John Leyburn

This was originally our first post but I thought I would re-submit it for newer readers.

Cold Weather Auto Thieves...

The following is from the RCMP Port Kells Business Link....

Watch Out For Cold Weather Auto Thieves

With cold weather now upon us, Surrey RCMP are again advising the public to remain diligent when it comes to protecting themselves against auto theft.

Every winter, the Surrey RCMP see a sharp increase in the number of 'vehicle theft with keys' reports when cold temperatures hit and people begin to leave their vehicles warming up unattended. Statistics show that the number of cars stolen with keys left in the ignition can sometimes increase by 150% during the winter months.

"This is a trend we see every winter", says Cpl. Mike Spencer, Surrey Auto Crime Team.

"Certain car theives will actually target those who warm up their car and leave it unattended", says Cpl. Spencer.

Don't be fooled by this crime of opportunity . If you choose to leave your vehicle running and unattended you may be a victim.

Surrey RCMP
Media Relations.

And another important thing to consider - 

When the thief is driving away with your car, chances are they now have the keys to your house and business as well since the majority of people keep all their keys on one keychain. So be prepared to call a locksmith right away to have all your locks changed!  Expensive and inconvenient to say the least.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Private Security Guards

Jaded, as we should be given the number of B&E's we've attended over the years, we're still not! And this story bothered us alot.

While watching the news this weekend, it was very dismaying to learn about the tenants who were victims of an apartment fire be victimized again by some very low life thieves. Five apartments were entered by thieves who took a number of personal items left behind when the tenants were forced to evacuate.

One wonders who would be low enough to take, to steal from people undergoing such an adversity. But the unfortunate thing is that there always is someone out there who will. I really hope they catch whoever did this, I would love to see their faces... are they as ugly on the outside as they surely must be on the inside. Are they truly desperate themselves and if so when should that stop mattering to society. Now! It should stop mattering now. You don't steal from other people, no matter what, and especially those who have undergone such a tragic loss and who have to start over and rebuild their lives.

And there is no word yet on how the thieves were able to get past the three guards from Canuck Security who were onsite at the time.

We wished we could have been called in for a consult by On Side Restoration whom we have worked with before. Re-inforcing the security of these people's homes should have been a consideration and for every situation like this to come in the future it must be treated as a priority.

We started to talk about private security guards and their effectiveness. After a little online research I came across this very well written and researched article by Andrew Findlay in January 08 for BC Business. It raises a number of interesting points about the private security industry. I hope you will take the time to read it.


And more on this topic later...

Happy New Year Everyone

A very Happy New Year to everyone and most especially to our clients over the last year. We at RobberStoppers Security Products Ltd wish you peace, prosperity, happiness, and safety in 2011.

Karen and John Leyburn