Author: Helen Leach

Why Are Schools Such Attractive Targets for Burglars?

Posted 28th May 2019 by Helen Leach

The way children are taught in schools has changed a lot in the past 10 to 20 years.

Building design and facilities have become more modernised but most importantly, the integration of technology with education has become as prominent as ever.

It is a rare occurrence for schools to not be filled with top of the range computers such as Apple Macs and Chromebooks as well as tablets such as iPads and Samsung Galaxy’s – all which aid children’s education in 2019.

Most classrooms will now have at least one computer used by the teacher and then there’s the addition of ICT rooms and libraries, which on their own will contain dozens of expensive electronics.


Exams Affected after Primary School is Forced to Close Following Burglary

Posted 13th May 2019 by Helen Leach

A York Primary School has been forced to close its doors today following a break-in over the weekend.

Dringhouses Primary School had its windows smashed and offices ransacked during the break-in on 10th May. It is unknown as to what has been taken from the school at this time.

40 children at the school were supposed to sit their SATs exams today and have had to move to the local York High School to take their exams instea.d

Photos taken by the school displays the shocking extent of the damage caused with broken glass on the carpets, furniture broken and drawers ransacked.

Unfortunately, this school is just one of many which have fallen victim to vandalism.


WSS Helps 93-Year-Old Navy Veteran whose Home has been Burgled THREE Times in Six Months

Posted 14th November 2018 by Helen Leach

In October 2018, we received a phone call from Greater Manchester Police appealing for help for 93-year-old Royal Navy veteran, James Gilligan.

James’ home had been broken into three times in the space of just six months.


XLR Executive Jet Centres: Using Crimeshield in a Different Way

Posted 4th October 2018 by Helen Leach

Our customer is a private aviation company which offers a number of elite services to their executive travel clients, which includes stylish executive lounges.

We were approached by this customer who had a rather unconventional use for window security, but still, had a problem which needed a solution – and here at Window Security Solutions – we relish a challenge.


Blackpool Art Society Installs Hammerglass to Prevent Vandalism

Posted 7th September 2018 by Helen Leach

After receiving a grant from the National Lottery Fund, Blackpool Art Society approached Window Security Solutions with a core interest in Hammerglass.

Formed in 1884, the Blackpool Art Society is one of the oldest societies in Britain. Blackpool Art Society has its own studio, which was purpose-built in 1972 for its members to use and create different forms of art as well as hosting workshops, demonstrations and talks.

In 2017, Blackpool Art Society was victim to repeated acts of vandalism with incidents occurring just weeks apart. The extent of the vandalism resulted in broken windows which cost £500 each time they had to be replaced.


School Holidays: Prime Target for Vandalism

Posted 4th September 2018 by Helen Leach

During the summer holidays, more often than not, school buildings are left unoccupied for a number of weeks.

This makes them prime targets for vandals and trouble-makers.

In the past summer holidays alone, many schools have fallen victim to vandalism.

From smashed windows to broken or stolen equipment, many schools are now finding themselves having to raise funds to fix and replace damaged or stolen items to ensure their school can re-open in time for the new school year.

We take a look at a couple of cases which have occurred in recent weeks…


Crimeshield Provides Discreet Window Protection Against Vandalism at Briscoe Lane Academy

Posted 7th August 2018 by Helen Leach

According to a recent BBC article,  more than £1m was spent by councils on repairing vandalism at schools in the past year – 2015.  The exterior image that a school or college projects is crucially important to students and their parents.  But how do you balance the need for security with the image you need to convey? 


Time to End the Smash and Grab Robbery

Posted 2nd October 2017 by Helen Leach

According to HistoryHouse, ‘smash and grab’ robberies have been around as early as 1708, and yet despite the advancements in security as well as the sophisticated execution of robberies today, the ‘smash and grab’ is still occurring every week in jewellers and other high-end stores across the UK.


Vandalism Bill for Scottish Schools tops £4.5M

Posted 17th January 2017 by Helen Leach

A Freedom of Information Request by the Scottish Conservatives has revealed that the bill for taxpayers repairing vandalism in Scotland’s schools alone has exceeded £4.5million in the last five years.


Leicester Primary School Forced to Close Due to Vandalism

Posted 5th January 2017 by Helen Leach

Braunstone Community Primary School in Leicester has been forced to close for a whole week as a result of vandalism.

On Monday 3rd January, intruders broke into the school, smashing around 45 windows and doors, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.