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Timely Reminder for Cricket Clubs

A reminder to all cricket clubs.

Paul McGuffog, a former police officer and Chairman of Stretford CC, has requested to post this for the attention of all cricket clubs in Lancashire.

There could be a spate of Cricket Club break-ins up and down the county. Stretford CC has suffered losses of a strimmer and a mower when their equipment storage sheds were broken into recently. The sheds were securely locked and the culprits must have come well prepared.

This is a timely reminder to all clubs as the long winter nights set in, to make sure that all their outbuildings and pavilions are made as secure as possible and are inspected regularly by club members.

This time last year there were similar incidents in Staffordshire: Advice to Clubs about Locking their Ground Equipment.

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Alan Greenhalgh 16/11/2012 09:11:29
I wondered if there were any reasonably affordable alarms - either hard-wired or wireless such as Yale models - that clubs could use for buildings not directly attached to main club-houses.

If these were reliant on batteries they could be replaced after winter and would surely cut insurance premiums that clubs have to pay. I would add that after already having had to meet the costs of three or four break-ins in Bolton League and neighbouring clubs this autumn/winter, the situation for cricket clubs in this area is very worrying.
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Paul McGuffog 19/11/2012 14:12:04
Further to my earlier article I see that Haslington Cricket Club from Cheshire has had machinery stolen from its sheds in a break in over the weekend. They ask for all Clubs be aware in case they are approached by anyone selling second hand equipment.

There are a number of affordable alarms that can be used on outbuildlings at cricket grounds. Maplins have a keypad, and door contact only alarm for £20. Alarms will act as a deterrent in the first instance and will also cut short the burglars visit as he wont know where the alarm is connected to i.e. local members, Police or a security company.
With alarms a very loud bell is an asset and someone available locally to attend the scene as soon as possible. Motion sensors are good, but can be a problem in outbuildings due to rodents etc, although if you have a secure container with expensive equipment in this will give you better cover.
Systems are available that will ring mobiles, but if you are looking for redcare with a security company monitoring station this becomes very expensive.

It is difficult with cricket clubs as they are usually remote and very dark ideal places for burglars. Good doors with solid secure frames and locks, security lighting (I know there are people who think security lights may help burglars but it is another deterrent), anti vandal paint on drainpipes and roof edges. Always ensure tools and simlar items are locked away as burglars dont like to carry their tools.

I have had recent experience of insurance companies, we had to stop using an alarm company due to the costs, with no increase in insurance premiums. However we were burgled twice and although they paid out, and we then installed our own alarm. The following year when we were to renew the monthly premiums went up by over £100 with £5k excess.

I hope this helps.

Paul McGuffog
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