Beware, Marauders!

Beware, Marauders!

There appears to be a group of Marauders that are costing companies hundreds of thousands of pounds operating around the country. This probably fuelled the high price of copper which is in excess of £3,000 per tonne.

This group of Marauders targets companies and uses loopholes in the law to fund their lifestyle. A good target is a large warehouse or disused offices with a car park the larger the better & the more secluded you are the better. There is an Incursion through the night to occupy your car park. They split their group into two; one group by the gate as the lookouts and the second group out of sight around the back.  They cut the power to the buildings by destroying the substation. Under the cover of darkness, they break into your property and “loot”, stripping out the copper cable and wiring and anything of value.

This can’t be true, surely the Police would be able to sort this? You would think so however here are the details of a recent case:

waste area with gypsy - traveller caravans parked
waste area with gypsy - traveller caravans parked

A group of trespassers with caravans and 2 or 3 scrap collection type wagons, 11 caravans and towing vehicles arrived at a business warehouse situated on the edge of an industrial estate during one Friday evening, between 18.00 and 21.00.

They had been travelling about looking for somewhere to park up for the night. They had, by pure chance, conveniently found the gate open. This must have been after some other person had cut off the high security padlock on the gate shortly before they had arrived.  

The convoy of 25 vehicles drove quickly into the car park then split into two groups. One small group close to the gate and a larger group towards the other end of the car park. Over 40 people including children descended from these vehicles.

The company’s security guard had been at the other side of the site on a patrol and he challenged them. You can imagine what a torrent of abuse and threats he got from such a large group. He called the police but there was no evidence to say “who” had cut the lock, so no offence had occurred. The travelling trespassers were just using the land to sleep on for a few nights as they had travelled a long way. The Police said therefore there is no criminal offence, the matter is civil issue. They were correct.

The business tried to get a couple more security guards but there were none available, which is a very common occurrence when trying to get security staff immediately in the early hours. A few hours later all the lights and electricity went out. The security guard started to walk up towards where the first group of trespassers were and was confronted by half a dozen of them. He had no choice but to retreat.

The police were again called where the trespassers denied threatening the guard and claimed that they had nothing to do with the electricity outage. Result; no evidence, no crime.

The Following day, Saturday, an extra security guard with a dog was sent to reinforce the guard. Together the two of them tried to patrol the whole site and again were confronted, this time by over a dozen making threats and blocking their access. The police were called and the trespassers claimed that they had been attacked by the dog. This they claim had occurred during an attempt to stage some kind of illegal eviction by security guards.

As Police could not remain on site and travellers were still refusing to move, Police were powerless. Security guards could patrol the front and access the warehouse through the front door but could not get past the trespassers to get around the whole building. Suddenly they found someone had super glued the doors on the front door, so they could not access the building at all and assumed this was retaliation for calling the Police.  All through the rest of Saturday & Sunday travellers were bashing scrap up at the back of their wagons and setting fires, going around the encampment to the rear. These Trespassers were constantly coming and going with all sorts on the back of the wagons.

On Monday morning our bailiffs were contacted and by lunchtime a team arrived and served them notice to leave immediately. They said they would go that evening once they had sorted another site. By 19.00 on Monday evening the security guards confirmed to the Directors of the business that they had not left. The bailiff eviction team had been booked to attend at 08.00 and get them raised out of bed before they start going to work for the day.  

The police did not have a resource available to attend with the bailiffs to do an eviction, another common occurrence. The bailiffs attended on their own and knocked at each van telling them to leave. Soon they were all awake but resistant to moving. The senior bailiff then negotiated with senior trespasser for a peaceful resolution without the need to risk a violent reaction by towing them off. They agreed to leave by 12.00 noon.

The business was presented with the options and opted to wait until 12.00 before calling the tow truck and 999 for the Police. By 12.00 the trespassers moved off the site. The staff from the business then returned to site with the security. When they checked the warehouse, it had been broken into and they had gone through it like locusts, stripping out all the pipes, boilers, copper cable, CCTV footage, stock. The estimate on the damage is in excess of £150K.

We have knowledge of similar incidents where we have evicted travellers near Leeds and near Wigan. A few weeks ago our traveller eviction team evicted over 30 caravans from a carpark of a commercial premises in London and they had also looted the site.

As a result of this, Enforcement Bailiffs Ltd has designed a rapid solution in conjunction with it’s strategic security partners. For high risk situations a solution can be provided via our Security partners who will deploy an Emergency Deployment Team EDT as soon as possible. This team will consist of specialist security officers that are supported by dog teams. The exact number and composition will be determined on an individual basis but agreed in advance. This team would deploy inside and outside of your property and we would also arrange for the travellers to be served at the same time.

This service should help protect your assets until the bailiffs get them evicted approximately 24 hours later. Enforcement Bailiffs Ltd has over twenty five years of experience in completing land recovery from travellers in the shortest possible time. Should you wish to instruct us to assist with your enforcement details can be found here.

If you need a traveller eviction from your premises, don’t hesitate, ACT NOW!



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