There have been several break-ins in multiple stores around the country. With Halloween coming up and everyone preparing for the weekend fun, it’s no wonder why thieves are deciding to raid stores, specifically Halloween stores. It’s the obvious target for a thief since many people are spending money on costumes, decorations, masks, props and other Halloween accessories. If you run a store yourself, even if it’s not Halloween-related, then you should prepare for the worse. There have been multiple break-ins and thefts nationwide in October alone coming into the Halloween weekend. Make sure you have the necessary security and safety equipment to prevent such disasters.
About a week ago in Northern Michigan, there were two break-ins at two different Halloween costume stores. One was located in Traverse City and another in Petoskey where both stores were raided and thousands of dollars in cash and valuables were stolen. On a Monday evening in Traverse City, the County Sheriff’s reported that the burglar gained access inside by breaking in through the back entrance. From there the thief was able to carry out two large safes. Then the following Tuesday night in Petoskey, another safe was stolen at that location. One of the employees of the Halloween Stores, Joe Richie, commented saying, “Just the fact that somebody out there didn’t work for it, took the easy way out and took from someone else.” The investigators of this crime scene noticed that the suspects who raided the stores were familiar with the operations of the store and knew the exact location of the safes. A few days later, the two suspects were arrested and charged for stealing the safes and other merchandise from both Halloween stores. Officers from Petoskey were working with Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office where the two men were from. From the information that was gathered they were able to issue a search warrant at one of the homes located in Charlevoix County. From there the items were recovered from both the 22-year-old and 32-year-old suspects, both residing in Charlevoix. Fortunately, the officers were able to obtain most of the missing items and the safes that were stolen.
Recently, the police are looking for the suspect who raided several fast-food restaurants and was able to break into at least 30 different safes in North Texas. Surveillance cameras have caught the suspect breaking into a Bedford Subway sandwich shop. Officers have said that the man has attempted to break into the shops at least five times. The investigators have tagged the suspect as the “Subway Bandit,” as he broke into many different sandwich shops. But they also figured out he was also involved in many other restaurant break-ins. One of the Bedford police Lt. Kirk Roberts said, “He knows what he’s doing, he knows how to not leave evidence behind. And once he gains entry, he knows what to do to make things difficult for us.” The investigators are hoping that the surveillance tapes will provide enough evidence and information to arrest the thief. Lt. Kirk Roberts added about the footage, “These are pretty good, somebody is going to know him if they see him.” The “Subway Bandit” has robbed fast-food restaurants in Allen, McKinney, Plano, Denton, Garland, Irving, Arlington Bedford, Colleyville and Grapevine.
With the downturn of the economy and more banks closing down, people are taking those matters into their own hands, storing their own valuables such as gold, jewelry, cash and other assets. Many are beginning not to trust the banking system and would be more comfortable if they had full control. Where and how can they store their valuables? Well, it’s pretty simple and easy. There are plenty of different solutions and it all depends on how much you’re willing to invest to protect them. Some will take extreme measures to ensure their valuables are safe and sound, while some will be satisfied with the protection they have. Either the case, you’ll need a plan and some type of security to make sure that your items are fully protected from theft, fire and other natural disasters.
If you own a significantly large amount of gold, jewelry or other types of currency, then you may want to consider storing it in a 3rd party storage facility. How it works is that you’ll be paying the company in gold and silver to have them store your gold for you. The main advantage of keeping it in a 3rd party storage is that it will be secure and fairly inexpensive. What these storage facilities have is the type of security and surveillance that you basically wouldn’t have or can’t afford at your home. They even have insurance just in case anything happens, which grants you the peace of mind without the risk of losing it at home. The downside to a 3rd party storage is that there is a fee. It’s probably not worth storing a small amount, but that depends on you.
A different approach is investing in a high security safe. You need a safe that is made out of steel and high quality to reduce the risk of break-ins and tampering. If you plan on storing a considerable amount of cash, gold, jewelry and other rare items, then it’s extremely important that you invest in a high-end safe. There’s no point in storing all that money in some plastic safe that can be broken into by amateur robbers. Some home safes just provide the bare features from keeping your children away from your belongings and protecting against fires for a few minutes. If you plan on purchasing these types of safes, you might as well keep it in a drawer or lay out visibly on your bedroom because that won’t deter or stop any burglar from stealing your items. Those plastic safes are just no match for any professional and determined thief who has access to a multiple of tools. Even as simple as a hammer or screwdriver would suffice against a plastic safe. The very low price of a plastic safe is sure to reel you in, but it’s not enough to protect and secure against the most dangerous of threats. In the end, you’ll be losing a lot more, and as the saying goes, “you get what you paid for.”