Multi-Million Pound Burglaries in London
An international gang of thieves who burgled the West London homes of socialite Tamara Ecclestone, footballer Frank Lampard and billionaire Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha escaping with more than £26m in cash and jewelry, simply entered the properties using brute force and muscle, a court had been told.
The multi-million-pound properties – Ecclestone’s 55-room Kensington mansion is valued at £55m – were all equipped with state-of-the-art alarms and cameras, but they did nothing to prevent the gang from breaking through doors and windows in the 2019 raids.
Neil Johns, MD of Premier Security & Fire Consultants Ltd, whose company manufactures high-level, front-line security windows, doors, and screens achieving counter-terrorism levels of security, was amazed that such high-valued properties were not protected by the highest grade of first-defence hardware.
He said: “These robberies once again highlight the issue of relying solely on electronic security options ahead of impenetrable hardware tested to the highest of standards. Cameras, sensors and alarms have their place in the protection of properties, but they seldom stop the determined criminal equipped with the right tools. Only robust hardware will do that.”
Premier is the UK’s leading supplier of steel and glass Secured by Design products and their portfolio of security options includes windows, doors, and screens tested to LPS1175 SR3 (counter-terrorism) level and dual-certified ballistic and security designs resilient to sledgehammer and handgun attack.
Full news story of burglaries: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10138017/How-gang-pulled-25m-heist-Tamara-Ecclestones-palace-wheres-loot.htm
Earlier this week, Premier Security & Fire was proud to receive three new LPCB Certificates of Product Approval from the world-renowned testing house, the BRE (Building Research establishment). Following extensive testing with the BRE, we have added a full LPS1175 C5 (SR3) Jansen-façade curtain-walling system to our portfolio of approved security products, all of which also carry Secured by Design accreditation. C5 (SR3) accreditation places Premier products at counter-terrorism defence levels.
The certification offers single-leaf door-sets with a maximum structural opening height of up to SIX metres. Double door sets can be up to 3.06m high and all are tested and approved with state-of-the art locking and access control systems.
Included in the system are fixed windows and screens, both with unlimited height and width approval.
Premier Security & Fire’s two-year research and development programme with an official ballistic testing house, DJ Goode of Suffolk, is close to completion with 32 new dual certified (security and ballistic) products ready for a 2022 market launch.
Premier has drawn on its 25 years of expertise as the UK’s leading manufacturer of high-level security BRE-tested steel doors, screens, and gates, to produce a range of dual-certified ballistic and security products that will also include thermally-broken options, another market first. Included in the portfolio of ballistic products will be: 13 door sets, including double door options, tested to FB2-FB7 standard; 10 single and double window options, fixed and openable, FB2 – FB7; curtain walling systems, including corner sections, to FB4 and FB7 certification and a side-screen system integrated with various access control systems. Premier’s ballistic products are also designed to negate the need for retro-fitted bullet-catchers, common in most market options.