Access control methods could bar opportunistic thieves

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opportunist raidOwners of a country petrol station may have spared themselves a large repair bill, after a foiled smash-and-grab attempt by offenders meant they only got away with a bag of logs from the forecourt, by using access control methods from Access Control UK. There was no evidence of a barrier or device that would bar the main method of entry to the building, which was the front door, in order to put off opportunistic thieves. Raiders could afford to drive a red Volvo van at high speed into the front of the Jet petrol station on the A10 between Ely and Littleport in Cambridgeshire.

Commercial properties in areas prone to ram-raids often erect strong obstructions, such as barriers or bollards, to discourage such attacks. A bollard from Access Control UK would have been ideal, or there is a comprehensive range of CCTV cameras which are available from our sister company CCTV Surveillance Ltd. Luckily the owners had already done some installation, as CCTV footage is being reviewed by police.

Officers have also since recovered the vehicle used and forensic tests are being carried out to determine who performed the raid. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Cambridgeshire Police on 0345 456 4564.

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