Leighton Buzzard Businessman Scares Potential Burglar With Ring Camera
A Leighton Buzzard businessman had the last laugh when he scared off a potential burglar with his Ring camera.
Dave Allen, co-founder of Allen’s E-Bikes, High Street, was sound asleep on Monday morning (October 4) when his phone woke him loudly with a notification.
The Ring app showed live footage from a security camera in the back of his store, and Dave saw a cheeky young man trying to break into his business.
Dave told the LBO: “When I heard the sound, it was just after 2 am I thought, ‘What’s going on here?
“I saw what he was doing for a few minutes – I was convinced he wasn’t going to enter the store because we have very, very heavy security.
“Then I spoke to the camera and I think my words were – ‘You are being watched. The police have been notified. “
“If you analyze the video, it stops dead. It’s almost as if God or his inner conscience are talking to him! He had clearly never encountered one of these cameras before.
“He ran away and jumped over a fairly high fence with spikes. I can’t imagine he didn’t hurt himself to be honest.”
The man first arrived at the scene with his hood up and head lowered, tilting the camera up and away from him.
He then removed the camera from the wall, although Dave could still see what was going on as the camera pointed to his back door as the burglar attempted to open it.
The camera then looked at the young man’s shoes – Nike Air Max sneakers – and Dave started talking to him.
The man then fled with the camera and Dave watched him climb the fence. The camera was connected to the store’s wifi so unfortunately it stopped filming once the youngster jumped on it.
Dave added, “The camera was mounted on the wall and we never thought for a minute that someone would try to steal it. The camera was not found but we already have a replacement and the door was not damaged.
“The camera cost £ 90, but it acted as a deterrent and was put in place to prevent someone from breaking and entering; it was money well spent protecting the premises.”
After the man fled, Dave quickly traveled to the scene with his dog to check the scene and surrounding area, with police also on the way.
Force now has Ring CCTV footage from the store.
Commenting on crime in the city, Dave said, “No, they [other shops] I haven’t had anything like this recently, everything has gone pretty well here. I know some people have problems with shoplifters
“Most of our items are quite large, so it would be difficult for them to steal anything.”
Dave, along with his dad, Mike Allen, welcomed his first customers to Allen’s E-Bikes in January and says they “really enjoy being part of the High Street community”.
During this time, many residents will also know him as “Magic Dave”, the businessman also being a talented magician.
Performing again now that the restrictions on Covid-19 have relaxed, he said: “It’s amazing. I love it! I walk in in the morning and open the store, then the boys continue if I go out and do a show. It’s great to be back. “
Dave would recommend Ring cameras to other companies and certainly forgave his for waking him up in the middle of the night.
He laughed: “I have a little baby, eight months old, and she has kept me awake for the past few weeks. It was the first night she slept when I was woken up by another little herbert ..! ”
A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said: ‘We were called at around 2.14am on Monday 4th October to report an attempted break-in at a High Street store, Leighton Buzzard.
“A man approached from the back of a store by jumping over a gate and trying to open the door. He failed to enter but managed to remove a security camera from the door and run away from the scene.
“Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the police by visiting their online reporting center or calling 101 and citing reference number 40/52661/21.”