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.”
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