Here at William Channon, we’re proud to be active in our community . . .

Our responsibilities to those around us are taken seriously.

So, when we were invited to join forces with local police officers and Neighbourhood Watch organisers in an attempt to raise awareness of a recent rise in burglaries in the area in and around our business, we had no hesitation in accepting.

The area in question is in North London, where opportunistic intruders have been more active than usual in 2015.

During a recent three-month period, thieves struck almost every other day . . .

Between March and June 39 burglaries were reported in this area, dramatically up from last year’s figure of 28.

Determined to buck the trend and make residents aware of the issues (and the measures that can be taken to tackle them), PC Allan Greig, the dedicated ward officer enlisted our help.

Last week, we met with residents from the streets in question and outlined the options.

Our main focus, perhaps unsurprisingly, was on locks . . .

Our message was this: If the locks on doors and windows are not up to scratch, those determined to gain access WILL find a way in.

Changing locks, updating locks and making sure locks meet the latest standards is the most effective crime prevention tactic there is.

Getting someone trustworthy, reliable and competent, a licensed member of the Master Locksmiths Association to make the arrangements is an absolute must. When it comes to security, you should never cut corners.

We’re asking residents to check their home security and, if they feel they need advice, to contact us,’ said PC Greig. ‘These things really do help to reduce crime.’

Here at William Channon, we’re delighted to make the same offer . . .

Concerned about security? Contact us. Need advice? Give us a call or pop in and see us. There’s no obligation, no hard sell or arm twisting and we’re more than happy to come out, take a look and make some suggestions. There’s no charge for advice here. Be it the best products available, or the common-sense measures that can be taken in order to reduce the risks, when it comes to crime prevention, we know what we’re talking about.

Christine Nickles, the local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator who joined us at last week’s event, said We’re all conscious that burglaries are an ever-present possibility, so the deterrent factor is important. Prevention is better than the cure, of course.’

Here at William Channon, we couldn’t agree more.

Be it securing doors or windows, be it updating locks, be it fitting intruder alarms or domestic CCTV systems (we’ve just installed a demonstration unit in our North Finchley store if you’d like to call in and take a look), or be it simply ensuring that the back of the home is just as secure as the front (something that, along with PC Greig, we’ve highlighted to concerned residents), we have countless suggestions which, if implemented, WILL make our local area more safe and more secure.

Our responsibilities to those around us are taken seriously . . .

Here at William Channon, we’re proud to be active in our community.

Concerned about YOUR home security? Call in and see us, give us a call on 0330 1005313 or use our online contact form to get in touch.