Apple Macs stolen in Hackney

Apple Mac computers have been stolen in Hackney London

Recently we were asked to secure two editing companies in Hackney London.

Both companies where hit by robbers in a very similar ways.

First one was hit in late March 2011 by a gang of motorbike riders.
Three bikes and 6 young men. Two on each bike.

They smashed  the front glass door with a block of concrete.
Men with motorcyclist helmets on, stormed inside the building at an hour when personal were still working on their Mac computers.
Scared them off , grabbed and pulled Mac’s from their desk; took them to the bikes and came for more.

One week later they came again on their bikes and did the same thing. Smashed the front reinforced glass door, stormed inside, scared personal off, grabbed and pulled Mac’s and laptops and vanished on the motorbikes before the new security guard could do anything.
This company was hit twice by the same motorcycle’s gang despite having ADT alarm system, and Smock Screen Device on site.

These devices didn’t help too much because they were not activated ,and personal was threaten and risked injury.
They did very well by running out of the robbers way and let them taking the loot.

We had there a Guard Dog Security team unit waiting for the robbers to come back and face the dog.
They didn’t came again :)

Less than two month later on May 2011 another editing company was hit and Mac computers were stolen in the same area, just 10 minutes walk down the road.

Despite being a similar pattern in robbing the editing co. looks like was a different gang.

I have seen the CCTV footage and these robbers didn’t wear motorcycle helmets.

They were two of them and didn’t smash the glass door with a block of concrete. But they took a longer time by pulling off CCTV cameras wires. [note that ADT alarm did not went off]
And the guys worked hard with a crow-bar to crack open the front door. [note that the ADT alarm didn’t go off in the process]

The two robbers stormed inside , grabbed and pulled big Mac’s from the desks and run off with them and come back for more.
Lucky where no personal inside to be threaten.

CCTV is good because we could watch the next day how the guys robbed the place, but did nothing to protect, and nor did the ADT alarm system.

Because the two robberies took place in a very similar way but looks they have been carry out by different robbers, I conclude that a buyer of Apple Mac computers in the area and the word is spead to the local gangs.
They are looking for businesses with front street windows and Apple computers inside.

So if you have a business with street front windows in central London, Hackney -Islinghton area, be aware of these computer robbers.

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Secure Your Site and Profits -101 Tips you can implement Now – by Ray Zamfir

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