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  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