BIN CAUGHT: Security supervisor Norman Lill . Right, the suspect had to be cut from the bin by firefighters.
UPDATED with video: A security guard has told of his shock at discovering a suspected thief trapped inside a charity clothing bin2 at a Hull shopping centre.
He was freed by firefighters with a disc grinder and arrested on suspicion of trying to steal clothes donated to the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The suspect’s troubles started when St Stephen’s Shopping Centre night guard Norman Lill spotted a van parked next to the bin.
He realised the driver was being passed loot by an accomplice inside it and called for his colleagues to assist. The van driver then escaped “at speed”, Mr Lill said, leaving his friend trapped inside the bin .
He was arrested after being cut free by firefighters. The guard said: “The police turned up . He was refusing to come out.
“Judging by the way he was cuffed and put in a police car, I don’t think he was too happy about going with the police he didn’t seem to be glad they got him out. “I don’t think he was happy about anything, to be honest, probably because his mates had left him.” The man was inside the metal bin for at least an hour before being freed.
Mr Lill, who works for St Stephen’s’ security contractor Incentive Facilities Management, said he had heard stories of theft from other bins but never believed anyone would actually get inside one. He said: “I don’t know how he got in. “It’s easier to get in but very hard to get out.
“We’ve heard rumours of this before but we’ve never actually encountered it.” In other cases, stolen bags of clothes have been sold to second-hand shops. St Stephen’s shopping centre manager Jim Harris said it was a callous crime and hurt a good cause.
He said: “Not only will the BHF have to replace the bin, the emergency services had to come out when they could have been doing better things. “It’s a nasty theft, people stealing from charities . People donate their clothes in a good cause.
“The bin is wrecked and will have to be replaced, the fire engine called out wouldn’t have been available to rescue people from fires and the police had to come as well.” Humberside Police confirmed a 33-year-old man had been arrested shortly after 4.15am yesterday morning. He was in custody yesterday afternoon and due to be interviewed by detectives.
BHF said it would replace the damaged clothing bank. The charity’s area manager Karen Reynolds said the man “was allegedly trying to steal items donated generously from Humber locals to fund the BHF’s lifesaving research”. She said: “We are hoping to replace the donation bank, as Humber locals’ generous donations make a vital contribution in funding our fight against coronary heart disease the UK’s single biggest killer.”
Until it is repaired, families can take items to the BHF shop in Whitefriargate, Hull city centre. There is also a free clothing collection service. Call 01482 321000 for details.
Rural crime is in decline, according to new figures, but livestock and vehicle theft remain stubbornly high in certain parts of the country. Agricultural insurer NFU Mutual has reported a drop in the number of crime-related insurance claims received over the last year. The organisation said it was a sign that collaboration between rural communities, police forces and other security agencies was paying off .
But the company also suggested that certain areas of the UK had seen crime increase.
NFU mutual rural affairs spokesman Tim Price said it was no time to become complacent. That we are seeing an overall decline in rural crime is great news for our rural communities and shows that the efforts being made to increase security and awareness around rural crime are really paying dividends, he said. It s great news, but we aren t for a moment suggesting rural criminals has been beaten .
Sadly thieves don t go away . They change tactics, seek new targets, and find ways to overcome security technology. So we must work together to keep one step ahead of the criminals, and encourage farmers and country dwellers to regularly review their vehicle, livestock, farmyard and domestic security precautions.
Last year s NFU rural crime survey estimated that theft cost the UK 44.5 million in 2013, a 5% increase on the previous year. This year s report is not due out until August, but based on insurance claims lodged throughout 2014, the firm has reported a decrease in rural crime in most parts of the country. In particular, it said livestock theft had dropped despite an initial increase in cases at the beginning of the year.
However, it warned that vehicle theft remains a major issue in some regions, with quad bikes among the most common stolen items. Clive Harris, NFU Mutual s agricultural vehicle specialist said more focus should be put on forensic work to tackle the issue. Increasing awareness of security amongst manufacturers and consumers is now starting to have a real impact on rural crime, he said.
But forensics are an increasingly valuable tool which are all too often ignored.
To ignore the potential of forensics to save money is a false economy, and an easy way for criminals to move from one crime to another with impunity, generating ever more costs in terms of crime reporting and investigating.
Last year s NFU survey is available at www.nfumutual.co.uk.
There are several reasons for this. Integrators, of course, are the glue of the security industry, bringing everything together in project management to turn a concept into reality.
Whether video surveillance, access control or intruder alarms or a combination the realization of a security project often involves an integrator at the heart of it to bring everything together.
Since 1969, SIA has served at the intersection of the industry, where leading companies, alliances, partnerships (even competitors) come together for the greater good: to advance the electronic physical security sector. In 2013, SIA added 90 members and achieved a 92 percent retention rate.
And in 2013, the fastest growing membership segment was independent systems integrators, which increased by 50 percent over the previous year. In 2014, SIA added 116 new members.
SIA plans to continue this growth with a focus on integrators in 2015.
SIA chairman of the board V. John Stroia, who is COO of The Will-Burt Company, Orrville, Ohio, recently outlined the association s priorities in a video address to members
(watch at securityindustry.org/Pages/Letter-from-the-Chairman.aspx).
Our members tell us they are concerned about the impact of non-traditional entrants into our industry, the influence of new technologies on traditional security solutions and complex regulatory requirements, Stroia said. SIA is committed to helping its members navigate these challenges and grow their businesses.
This year, we hope to deliver insight, influence and information that will help you better serve your customers and channel partners while positioning SIA to be a trusted advisor to security practitioners across all vertical markets.
From its headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., SIA serves as the chief advocate to federal government agencies on regulations and legislation affecting the physical security industry and critical infrastructure. SIA plans to continue its robust advocacy efforts this year to the federal government as well as to state governments.
Moreover, SIA will provide its members with insight into the security market through several important avenues. A new survey and accompanying publication, the SIA Security Market Index, is emerging as a metric that the industry is using to assess confidence in the security market.
The SIA Security Investment Trends Committee will hold more webcasts this year to keep our members informed of marketplace fundamentals and fluctuations.
SIA soon will launch an annual compendium known as START (securityindustry.org/start), a publication that includes the SIA Membership Directory, new product listings, company profiles and current market research.
This spring, SIA will release a set of recommendations for safer schools, thanks to its Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) initiative with NSCA. And SIA s Security Practitioner Insight webcast series will tackle the challenges faced by security professionals at schools, ports and transit systems.
This year, SIA will continue to provide opportunities for networking and education. Many of these efforts culminate in Las Vegas during ISC West (April 14-17), the largest security products tradeshow in the United States, and with networking events like the SIA Market Leaders Reception.
Also at ISC West, SIA Education produces 60 specialized education courses, a significant percentage of which addresses matters important to integrators.
In October, SIA will build on the success of last year s Securing New Ground (securing newground.com) executive business conference, with an even more powerful and compelling slate of speakers and topics on tap to provide insight into the major trends shaping our industry.
In an industry that is constantly changing, the lines between physical security and cybersecurity continue to blur.
Through all the changes, SIA remains a reliable voice of the electronic physical security industry, advocating, and we would like you to be a part of it.
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