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Surelock Black Friday

Surelock are pro-active members of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) – https://www.a-cg.org

It’s BLACK FRIDAY please be careful especially when shopping online…

Shoppers who are looking to grab a bargain this Black Friday are being warned to take their time before buying – as not all “deals” are actually good value. ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch’ – Black Friday shoppers told to be on scam alert as fraudsters prepare to capitalise on Christmas buying frenzy.

New research from consumer expert Which? found that only one in seven Black Friday deals offer a genuine discount. In fact, findings show that the majority of promotions are cheaper or the same price months before the sale day.

Christmas shoppers are being warned to remain on high alert over potential scams ahead of Black Friday on 25 November.

The number of reported purchase scams rose by 34 per cent immediately after Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year, according to Barclays Bank data, with an average of £1,072 lost to scammers.

And research from the bank shows that almost nine in 10 Britons are relying on Black Friday to do some or all of their Christmas shopping this year. Almost half of Britons are planning to do their shopping online, leaving them more vulnerable to scammers.

Barclays data shows that the proportion of scams taking place on tech platforms, including auction sites, social media and dating apps, has increased by 71 per cent since the beginning of 2021.

Currently more than three quarters of all scams take place on these platforms, compared to less than half at the beginning of 2021.

With the average Briton expected to spend over £200 on shopping during Black Friday this year, Barclays is urging shoppers to take extra care when purchasing online throughout the sales season.

Which? is urging customers to carefully consider whether items are worth buying and that the “discounted” price offers an actual deal.

Surelock has a dedicated team who deal with internet / social media infringements worldwide, who have taken down numerous bogus web sites and many thousands of online marketplace listings for trademark and copyright infringements.

If you need help with your brands protection, please view our web site https://www.surelock.org/services/brand-protection 

Or give us a call to discuss on tele: 0333 6000 300 / email: Surelock – Our Core Services

Surelock’s Security Services

With the winter months approaching and the dark nights drawing in, now is the time to ensure your home/business security is up to scratch, do not wait for an incident to happen, prevent it with a security survey. Theft and vandalism on business premises or in the home can be reduced by effective security.

Surelock has many years experienced in the field of security surveys / risk assessments, which include Entry & Exits, Windows, CCTV, Access control, Alarm systems, Physical Security measures both existing/possible future installations and any security procedures that are in place.  

Using a systemised approach, Surelock carry out a full survey of your home or business premises. The site perimeter, integrity of buildings and vulnerability of individual rooms are examined in detail, together with existing physical/electronic measures and procedures already in place to reduce crime.

Any vulnerabilities identified in the survey will be highlighted, and cost-effective solutions will be provided in an easy-to-read illustrated report. This summarises the findings of the survey, quantitatively assesses the overall vulnerability of the premises, highlights areas at risk and offers appropriate and cost-effective suggestions as to how these may be addressed in the form of a prioritised Action List.

Our surveyors are fully accredited by the appropriate bodies under Home Office guidelines and have the necessary security clearance with over 30 years of experience.

Whether it be domestic / home or business / office if you have a need for a security survey do not hesitate to contact us, we will discuss all the options with you, so you know the costs and exactly what is involved.

A detailed security survey could also save you money on your insurance premiums.

With Surelock you will be in safe hands, so if you require this professional service, please contact us https://www.surelock.org/contact-us

Surelock – Our Core Services

Surelock has a dedicated, highly skilled, and experienced team of professional private investigators and security consultants that work across London and the UK.

It has been an incredibly busy time for our Brand Protection Team with a number of major successes in this past month, working alongside the respective authorities.

But we do a great deal more than just Brand Protection.

SURVEILLANCE 

– We have surveillance teams strategically placed all over UK to deal with domestic / cheating partner surveillance, accident injury surveillance, and corporate surveillance carried out for the benefit of the client’s business, 

All our surveillance is legal covertly video recorded in a public place, we keep the client informed of the findings and supply a detailed log of events with selected photos, a full unedited DVD is also available if required.

SECURITY SURVEYS 

– We have many years experienced in the field of security surveys / risk assessments, which include Entry & Exits, Windows, CCTV, Access control, Alarm systems, Physical Security measures both existing and possible future installations, any security procedures that are in place.  

Vulnerabilities identified in the survey will be highlighted, and cost-effective solutions will be provided in an easy-to-read illustrated report.Our surveyors are fully accredited by the appropriate bodies under Home Office guidelines and have the necessary security clearance with over 30 years of experience.

BUG SWEEPS

– We have a dedicated engineer who has over 30 years’ experience, most of his equipment is purpose built. We conduct a full electronic sweep of the premises, then using handheld wands for near field examinations of the respective rooms / offices, computers, and telephone equipment, finally very importantly a finger-tip search examining power supplies, ceiling tiles, thus when we complete an ECS search we can tell you if there is anything there.

At the end of the operation, you can genuinely tell the client that there is nothing there or indeed find out that there was, that is what our clients rely on! What you say in private is your business, keeping it that way is ours.

CRIME / FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS 

– We have a dedicated team of experienced investigators who over the years have successfully investigated most things both here in the UK and abroad, for a wide range of clients, whether it be a burglary, robbery, blackmail, theft of valuable items, fraud, assaults, missing person or indeed a murder.

At the end of the day, we will provide you with all the intelligence / evidence your need in order to progress the investigation, legal or discipline proceedings.

For full details of all of core services please view our e-brochure

If you need any help with any of our core services, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will always provide the very best services at competitive rates, and are always happy to have a chat about your requirements.

Give us a call to discuss on 0333 6000 300 or email [email protected]

Brand Protection – not a bad month…

It has not been a bad month for Surelock’s Brand Protection Team with regards to the sale of counterfeit watches.

Working in partnership with Bexley Trading Standards, we identified a closed Facebook Group selling many counterfeit watch brands making test purchases and then with local police, raided the home address of this prolific online seller of designer watches, thousands of counterfeit high-end watches were seized, with £1.8 million in sales going through PAYPAL.

In addition to this, there has been a highly significant result working together with a dedicated team from City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), we identified a major wholesaler of counterfeit watches in Charles House, Southall, raided the premises and seized in total £200 million of counterfeit high end brands, including £100 million in counterfeit high value designer watches.

On top of these actions, we have also continued to deliver great results with our on-going monthly brand protection work for our many clients, with several other significant raids all over UK. In addition, our online team has been busy working proactively in taking down thousands of infringements for some of our other retained clients.

We continue to work with our colleagues at The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) in gathering intelligence for other joint operations.

And finally, an excellent Court result, following the seizure of £48,000 worth of counterfeit SanDisk from AD Enterprise in Sutton. Working with Sutton Trading Standards the director Adnan Aziz was prosecuted for selling and possessing counterfeit goods in Sutton High Street and on eBay. After a very complicated 8-day trial the Jury delivered a GUILTY verdict on all 9 counts. Sentencing will be at Isleworth Crown Court on the 16th of December.

We are seeing increasingly sophisticated high-quality counterfeits, Surelock are a highly motivated and dedicated professional pro-active Brand Protection Team, who work in partnership to remove counterfeits.

If you need help with brand protection, then please contact us https://www.surelock.org/contact-us we will discuss all the options available to you and advise on building an anti-counterfeit strategy to protect your brand.

There is no substitute to pro-active brand protection.

One of the Biggest Seizures EVER of Counterfeit High-End Watches and Designer Goods

The Surelock Brand Protection Team have for several months been covertly gathering intelligence on a major distributor of counterfeit high-end watches and designer goods based in Charles House, Southall, London, an area which is renowned for counterfeits. On Tuesday 1 November 2022 together with a dedicated team from City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) we raided the warehouse and seized probably the largest number of counterfeit high-end watches and designer goods ever in UK, valued at £100 million. The brands seized consisted of our own clients Hublot, TAG Heuer and Christian Dior Couture, plus many others. Our thanks go to the PIPCU team for their hard work and commitment in achieving this excellent result, working alongside such a professional team is always a pleasure, and to all our dedicated team for putting it all together, sometimes working on your own you can get the best results without fear of compromise. One man has been arrested and enquires are still continuing.

Read more….https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/news/city-of-london/news/2022/october/police-seize-200-million-worth-of-counterfeit-designer-goods-in-west-london-raid/

If you need help with your brand protection, please do not hesitate to contact us – https://www.surelock.org/contact-us/

Brilliant Result!

Surelock Brand Protection Team working in partnership with Bexley Trading Standards and local Police raided the home address of a prolific online seller of designer watches, thousands of counterfeit high-end watches seized, including our clients Hublot and TAG Heuer also Cartier, Rolex, Omega, Audemars Piguet and Breitling, along with Christian Dior sunglasses, bags and purses. Our thanks go to the authorities for their hard work in bringing about this successful conclusion.

If you need help with brand protection, please contact ushttps://www.surelock.org/contact-us we will discuss all the options and advise on building an anti-counterfeit strategy.

Surelock’s Bug Sweeps

Electronic Countermeasures Sweeps (Bug Sweeps) please be careful when arranging this specialist service, there are companies out there with little or no experience who will charge you a small fortune. It is so easy to purchase equipment off the internet or from an electrical retailer, then sell this service to unsuspecting clients who think you are the experts.

Surelock has a dedicated engineer who has over 30 years’ experience, most of his equipment is purpose built. We conduct a full electronic sweep of the premises, then using handheld wands for near field examinations of the respective rooms / offices, computers, and telephone equipment, finally very importantly a finger-tip search examining power supplies, ceiling tiles, thus when we complete an ECS search we can tell you if there is anything there.

At the end of the operation, you can genuinely tell the client that there is nothing there or indeed find out that there was, that is what our clients rely on! What you say in private is your business, keeping it that way is ours.

Your privacy is worth protecting, if you have a need for this professional service, please contact us https://www.surelock.org/contact-us

Surelock – Anti-Counterfeiting Group

Surelock are pro-active members of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG)

This week some of the Brand Protection Team have been attending The ACG Intellectual Property Roadshow in Doncaster, which was well attended by officers from local Trading Standards, UK Border Force, Customs, IPO, National and local Police.

It was good to catch up with friends & colleagues and provide necessary training on behalf of some of our clients.

If you need any help with Brand Protection, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will always provide the very best services at competitive rates.

Give us a call to discuss on 0333 6000 300 or email [email protected]