Burglary victim resorts to its own ‘Crime Watch!’
In the professional investigation industry, we are increasingly called upon to assist victims of crime who are sadly ignored by the progressively diminishing forces of law and order.
A typical reaction of law enforcement these days towards the reporting of commercial crime occurred when £250,000 worth of building materials and machinery were stolen over a weekend in July. The report was met with an 11-day response delay by Essex Police. The loser, Weston Homes, which stands to lose up to £1m from the incident from subsequent building delays and legal costs, has decided to publicise the burglary. A video, showing clear images of the persons responsible and the vehicles used has been commissioned and a £20,000 reward offered for the ID of the offenders and recovery of the stolen goods.
House-builder Weston Homes is offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the return of machinery and material stolen from its Southend storage facility last months.
A gang of thieves stole £250,000-worth of machinery and materials from Weston Homes four-acre storage facility off Fairfax Drive in Southend over the course of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017.
The gang made away with plant machinery, quartz worktops, wood flooring, granite paving and glass.
It is being described as the biggest property crime of the year.
Weston Homes reported the robbery to Essex police force as soon as it was discovered on Monday 10th July 2017. The earliest that Essex police were able to attend to take initial information about the robbery was on 21st July, the company said, so it has decided to try and crack the case itself, posting CCTV footage of the theft online.
Michael Alden, commercial director at Weston Homes, said: “This audacious robbery will eventually end up costing our company up to three quarters of a million pounds to a million pounds in losses once building delays, material reordering, time and legal costs are taken into account. We are deeply disappointed in the slow police response and their lack of resourcing to assist, hence we have decided to offer a reward to members of the general public, and also publicise the robbery via a video and social media.”
For any leads/tip-offs on the robbery, contact Weston Homes on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01279 874 193.
Source: Construction News