Telford-based AT Brown (Coaches) combats fuel thieves with pulse fence installation

A Shropshire-based coach company has beaten the fuel thieves who threatened to wreck the business’ viability after 100 years of operation by the same family. AT Brown (Coaches) Ltd of Telford brought in monitored pulse fencing to prevent costly break-ins by opportunist criminals who were syphoning off diesel from coaches. SPG Security Systems UK Ltd from Crewe installed the fencing, which was supplied by manufacturer Gallagher Security. The perimeter security regime has literally stopped the criminals in their tracks.

The AT Brown (Coaches) Ltd business was started by Alf Brown in 1916 and is now run by his granddaughter, Nina, and her husband Ewen MacLeod. After 80 years of operating on the busy Trench Road in Telford, the company relocated to larger premises on the town’s Hortonwood Industrial Estate in August 2005.

MacLeod informed Risk UK: “For the first eight years on the new site, thieves were coming through the security fence and syphoning fuel out of coaches, despite us having CCTV cameras installed and mobile patrols in place. The monitored pulse fencing has made everyone feel more secure, which is a very important factor. Now we can just carry on running our business in the way we wish to do so.”

SPG Security Systems UK Ltd has been installing this type of system for nearly 20 years. The company retrofitted the Gallagher monitored pulse fencing to the pre-existing security fence, ensuring no disruption to ongoing operations.

SPG Security Systems UK Ltd’s founder and managing director Simon Gleave explained: “AT Brown (Coaches) Ltd hasn’t experienced a single incident since we installed the monitored pulse fence four years ago. The solution offers both a visual and practical deterrent. Once a would-be criminal has touched it, they’ll not want to do so again.”

AT Brown (Coaches) Ltd now runs a fleet of 24 coaches and employs a total of 27 members of staff, including drivers, office and maintenance staff.

Commenting on the project, Gallagher Security’s strategic business development manager Kevin Godfrey said: “CCTV can be really useful, but it tends to watch and not detect criminality. The monitored pulse fencing installed for AT Brown (Coaches) Ltd is really easy to retrofit to existing fences. It’s also highly cost-effective.”

*The full Case Study can be viewed on the Gallagher Security YouTube channel

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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