Former Hitchin police officer sets up own security firm

PUBLISHED: 16:55 30 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:01 03 October 2018

Hitchin's Sam North, who has set up Bramble Security. Picture: Sam North

Hitchin's Sam North, who has set up Bramble Security. Picture: Sam North

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A former police officer from Hitchin is going it alone with his own company that aims to help small businesses and homeowners beef up security.

Sam North, who specialised in neighbourhood policing as a crime prevention project manager with the Thames Valley force, has set up Bramble Security with the aim of making homes and small businesses safer at a time of police resource squeezes and rising crime rates.

He told the Comet: “It is my goal to help people with their security needs, no matter their budget.

“There is a huge amount of security knowledge out there – however, professionals are hard to come by.

“I have seen the devastating impact that crime can have on people, even low-level crime.

“Often small businesses and homeowners are left to fend for themselves with neither knowledge or access to security.

“That is why I want to make a change. That is the mission of Bramble Security.”

Sam said that although burglar alarms and CCTV were useful to have, these forms of security made up just one type of crime prevention out of 25 – meaning “it is very possible people are spending huge amounts of money when it is not needed”.

“While it is recommended to have a burglar alarm, it acts merely as a deterrent and is solely dependent on someone listening to the alarm,” he said. “Similarly, with CCTV, a person wearing a balaclava or face covering won’t be identified visually.

“We do not have the aim to sell expensive products which eventually have high fitting and maintenance costs. Of course, we are able to specify what would be needed in the event that we felt it best a device be fitted – but we would give impartial advice so that people are maximising their budget and not overspending on products that are not needed.”

Sam said that in the police he had been at the forefront of “a huge push towards prevention of crime rather than responding to clean up the pieces left”.

“With first-hand experience investigating burglaries and criminals, I have learnt huge amounts about the way in which criminals behave, the things that truly deter crime and the failings in certain traditional security systems,” he said.

He added that he had education in construction management and building surveying, meaning he had a “huge amount of knowledge of buildings, both inside and out”.

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