“With the police cuts, the police have not got the resources to deal with the incidents. The crime rate has gone up at least 40 per-cent in the last two months. Every night we have an incident on one of our patrols. People are having a hard time.”
Both men have worked extensively with Premier League footballers. The majority of stars will at least have CCTV in operation – but only having cameras can be counter-productive given that they provide information after the incident rather than a warning that a break-in is imminent or ongoing.
“You get others who understand it a bit more and they have a security guard or a dog handler in the grounds. But a lot of them have no physical security – until there’s an incident. It’s always after an incident that they will look into getting security,” Turner says.
Players are warned about their social media use. A wealthy individual posting too many images that provide an idea about what possessions they have, or how an intruder can gain access to a property, can be a catalyst to a burglary.
Bomberg continues: “They put their lives on social media and then wonder why they’re being targeted. They need to be taking more care about the stuff they put on social media.”