No matter where you live or how safe you think your neighborhood is you should never keep your guard down. Just recently a police report was filed in Wichita, Kansas, which two safes were stolen from a home. The police are asking the neighborhood and community to aid them in the investigation if they have seen any suspicious criminal activity.
The residential burglary took place over the past weekend where the suspect stole an estimated $45,000 in cash, jewelry and other miscellaneous valuables. The home is located in the 6500 block of West Briarwood Court where the owner discovered that his home was robbed around 3:45 on Saturday afternoon when he returned.
He noticed that the burglar broke into his home through a windowpane on a door where he reached from the inside to unlock the door. It seemed like the thief only had their eyes on the main prize by taking the two safes and leaving behind the big-screen televisions, computers and other electronics.
Fortunately the owner did have a video surveillance that captured the suspect during his break in. The suspect was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a hard hat, light colored t-shirt and blue jeans during the scene of the robbery.
We’ve mentioned a dozen of different break-ins and robberies in residential homes. This is probably your most common type of burglary where the suspect was able to get in fairly easy just by breaking the windowpane and opening the door from the inside. In most cases, this is how burglars usually gain entrance. It also seems like the burglar had only one thing on its mind, stealing the most valuable assets and getting out as quickly as possible.
Again, we never know what types of safes the owners carry, but we always remind our readers, that if you’re going to secure that amount of valuables into your safe, you better be investing in a high security, all-steel safe. Not a lightweight and cheap built safe that any burglar can swiftly carry out the door. You need the best possible protection against burglary and theft. Considering this was just a one-man job, it’s hard to believe that the owners did have high security safes. If they had a high quality constructed steel safes, it might have been a different story.
The safes we offer can weigh up to over 500 pounds and can be bolted onto the floor for added security. If they did have a high security safe, it would have been a lot more difficult to steal the safes. We also hope the owners had a better hiding spot for their safes. If you carry valuables with a large amount of value, then you should be hiding your stash in the most unrecognized and unfamiliar areas of your home. The number one spot a burglar will be looking is an office or your bedroom. Sure, it is convenient to have your valuables right next to you where you sleep where its easily accessible, but it probably isn’t worth it when trying to hide it from thieves.
Although it is very unfortunate that the owner had a massive amount of valuables stolen from him, he did have his own home security surveillance system. Most people will have to rely on neighbors or witnesses, but most of the time you're left with no witnesses or evidence that makes it a lot difficult to identify the suspect. It's a huge relief that the video surveillance caught footage of the suspect. That can be very substantial in an incident like this. It will help the police significantly and hopefully the valuables are returned in full to the rightful owners.
Still in the middle of summer, many students aren’t even thinking about preparing for school. However, for those who will be attending their first year of college next semester or quarter, perhaps there is a lot on their mind. It’s never too early to prepare for a new experience in your life, especially if you’re leaving your hometown. Usually when it comes to preparing for college, we think about the everyday items such as laundry baskets, laptops, notebooks, backpacks, food, money, clothes, etc. Whether you are living on or off campus, having the essential college items is important when moving out to be better prepared for your first time moving out. Here’s to a new era for incoming students this fall. What do incoming freshmen really need besides the basic necessities?
Electronics and technology will be a fundamental necessity for all students, but you don’t need to spend so much on these everyday items. Most of the time, those items are already provided. The only real electronics students’ need is their own laptop and cellphone. Most, if not all colleges provide computer labs where students have access to Internet and printing. Nowadays, many students have smartphones that can also serve as a music device.
When it comes to organizing your dorm room or apartment, you can also spend a lot on unnecessary items. There won’t be too much space for you to bring in your own bed, closets, or dressers. There are a lot of different items on the market today that utilize and maximize the available space given to you. You can find twin beds that have storage underneath so that you can keep you clothes or other items inside. You also have shelf organizers to separate your shoes and clothing from each other all while managing better storage space. Hooks that go over your door can serve as a coat or jacket hanger.
As for safety, health and hygiene, we need to make sure we keep our rooms safe and clean. Make sure you got a first aid kit, hand vacuum, fresheners, wipes and hand sanitizers to keep you and your roommates from getting sick. There’s nothing worse than being sick away from home having to skip class. You’ll get so caught up in school, you’ll realize your room has turned into a dump. Take some time off the day or weekends to clean and reorganize your items. You’ll feel a lot better and less likely to get sick.
Speaking of safety, security is one of the concerns that most college freshmen often forget. You get soaked up in the excitement with meeting new people, a new adventure, that sometimes you have your guard down. You have to remember that although most dorms and apartments are usually safe and secure, you’re still living with hundreds of other strangers in your building. Students often leave their dorm rooms open or don’t bother to lock their doors. That means you have people going in and out, discussing the next exam, borrowing textbooks or just wanting to hang out. All your items are laid out on your bed, desk or floor, its very easy for someone to just take and steal those items. Those items such as your laptop or textbooks are very expensive to replace. A wise idea for students to invest in are safes. A safe is a secure storage that restricts access with the use of a combination or electronic lock. When you’re out hanging with your friends and roommates or going back home for the weekend, a safe is an essential item to have, especially for dorms and apartments.
The ideal safes nowadays that are used for universities, hospitals, hotels and other residential buildings are hotel safes. For a college freshmen and student, the best thing about having a hotel safe is that you’ll be able to keep some extra cash, passports, important college documents, notes, laptops, textbooks, identification and other confidential information without having to worry about your parents sending it to you over the mail. You will have the peace of mind when you’re studying at the library or eating out with some friends. If your roommate invites some friends or people you don’t know, you don’t have to worry about your stuff being stolen. There are so many students that wander around the floors wanting to meet new people and most of the time don’t even lock or close their doors. That’s why having a hotel safe is a necessity for every college freshmen.
We hope this upcoming school year you have fun starting a new chapter in your life. Don’t spoil all the joy and excitement with hassles that could be prevented. Keep an open mind, be adventurous, meet new people and take in new ventures.
In our previous post, you just saw how easily a man stole a safe from a multiple story building. We just found another footage of men who were caught on surveillance video. While making their way out, they decided to roll the safe down a flight of steps and hauling it into their get away vehicle. There were three men in the scene and these thieves raided a Lincolnshire nightclub of Skegness, which is a seaside town in Lincolnshire, England.
This footage was caught on April 25th, when the three men drove up to the LA Café in an unusual getaway vehicle, a gold Fiat Doblo. They arrived just as the staff left the nightclub three minutes after. The suspects forced their way through the back fire door entrance where they stole two safes. The two safes contained a combined amount of £30,000 equivalent to $43,250 in cash. The surveillance tapes that were released by the police show the two thieves dropping a safe down a flight of stairs and picked up by a third suspect reeling it into the vehicle.
While looking at the footage and how quickly these men were able to get in and out of the complex, Taj Bola, the owner of the LA Café, said that they seemed to know what they were doing. “They were in and out very quickly indeed,” said Bola. “They knew exactly where to go and what they were doing.”
Not surprisingly, the Fiat Doblo the suspects were driving was stolen four days prior to stealing the safes. Det Con Lee St Quinto of the Lincolnshire Police realized that the getaway vehicle was an unusual choice saying, “The Fiat Doblo is a family car and this one had been converted into a camper van. It was stolen four days before the raid and we are keen to know where it was during this time.” Driving an odd car like the Fiat Doblo would have certainly capture the police’s attention, but then the next day, it was found burned and abandoned at a coastal car park.
This incident isn’t all that much different compared to our last post. It’s very discouraging to see a burglary like this happen in just a matter of a few minutes. All that hard earned money that this nightclub put in day and day out now has disappeared. Luckily, as any business owner should have, the suspects were caught on surveillance. We sure hope that the Lincolnshire police will be able to gather enough evidence from the crime scene to arrest these suspects and recover the stolen money. These are the types of incidents why having not only a safe is necessary, but purchasing heavy-duty safes.
As you can see from the video, these men were able to scoop up the safe with ease and getaway in minutes. With a heavy duty safe, one that is built from steel and pre-drilled anchor holes, it would have made it a lot more difficult for the thieves to steal the safe. Most sturdier and heavy-duty steel safes weigh over 500 pounds and can be anchored onto the floor for added security. If you’re storing a large amount of cash just like the nightclub, then investing in a high quality safe shouldn’t be an issue at all. You can save yourself the hassle and save yourself from losing all your hard earned cash.
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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear burglary? For most people, they imagine shattered glass windows at a storefront or a home. Then once the burglar gains access, you usually think about cluttered or damaged furniture from them scavenging for jewelry, cash or other valuable items. In most cases, that’s probably the usual scenario, but in a recent burglary that occurred last month in New York, a thief was captured on surveillance easily rolling out a security safe with an office chair.
In our blog, we frequently mention the different ways burglars and thieves crack open safes. Whether its cutting them open with an angle grinder or using heavy-duty tools such as hammers or crowbars, we also have to remember to keep our safes anchored or make it difficult to remove.
In Elmhurst, Queens, a criminal was seen rolling out a security safe through an elevator and out the entrance way with ease. Police showed a man walking into an elevator on May 3rd who had nothing, but a walking cane with him, when they released the video. After about three hours later, he was seen wheeling off an office chair with an object covered with a sheet of cloth. That object underneath the sheet of cloth was a security safe that contained cash and jewelry.
When the man first entered the building, he was wearing nothing on his head, but as the surveillance video reveals, he tries to disguise himself by wearing some type of beige bandana to conceal his identity. However, his disguise was not very concealing and it was very apparent it was the same man who entered the building with a cane.
The suspect was spotted on several surveillance cameras around the building. He was shown passing through the elevator doors, hallway, and finally out of the building onto the outside entrance way where he was seen by one bystander, but did not seem to arise any suspicions. No other struggles or encounters seemed to get in the way, and he was out in a matter of seconds after placing the safe onto the chair. The police reported that the man is about 5 foot and 10 inches tall weighing in at 220 pounds and in his 40’s. Remember, sometimes the most inconspicuous people can be thieves in disguise. You can never be too safe and that’s why protecting your valuables are very important. Like the saying goes, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
There was another crime scene that was reported just a few days ago after another similar burglary occurred just a few days ago before this one at the Seafare Restaurant. Both burglaries are similar, but no official word has been reported if the two are indeed connected. The Conway Police Department needs help from the residents of South Carolina to identify two suspects that raided a theater.
Catina Hipp, who is a spokeswoman for the Conway Police Department, reported that officers responded to a burglary scene at Frank’s Theater, which is located at 220 Rivertown Rd. that occurred around noon on Monday. The manager told the officers that when he arrived at the burglary scene, he saw the office door damaged and the safe cut open. When the officers began investigating the crime scene, they discovered the exterior light and alarm system were disabled.
The police were able to examine the surveillance footage and found that the two suspects forced their way into the office. As they gained access inside, there were seen disabling the security system and then cutting into a large safe around 3:42 a.m. Monday morning. The suspects were dressed in dark clothing with hoods and masks to conceal their identities. A second smaller safe was also broken into, as they were seen removing the hinges and was located in the main office. A machine full of change was also broken into during the time of the burglary.
All in all, a total of about $6,000 was stolen plus $6,000 more in damages alone. Hipp discovered that one of the suspects had been carrying a bag on their left shoulder, while the other suspect was holding a tool in their right hand. Hipp mentioned that the officers are still in the process of obtaining all the surveillance videos to examine the footage. As soon as they become available, they will release some of the stills to the public by showing it through their local news station WMBF, to help with the investigation.
This has been the second burglary that had occurred within the past week. The same break in was approached with a similar fashion in disabling the security systems and then gaining access into the office to cut open the safes. Before this incident occurred, two other men were caught on a surveillance tape that showed them disabling the security system and raiding the Seafare Restaurant in which they also cut open safes stealing an estimated amount of $20,000. However, no connection has been made yet with the two burglaries.