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Counterfeit Perfume Seized in City Could Pose Safety Risk

  • July 4, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • Experts have warned that counterfeit perfume seized in Peterborough could pose a risk to unsuspecting consumers.

    Peterborough City Council’s trading standards team seized over 400 perfumes from the Wellington Street car boot sale as part of a recent joint operation with brand representatives.

    Officers are now warning the public to be on the lookout if buying perfume through social media and online auction websites, as well as at car boot sales.

    The fake perfume seized included counterfeit versions of Chanel, Kenzo, Hugo Boss and Dior. These are being styled by the counterfeiters as 30 to 40ml demonstrators or testers. This approach is believed to be an attempt by the traders to justify why these goods are being sold at car boot sales.

    Officers will now be taking enforcement action against the traders involved and all perfume will be destroyed.

    Previously tested counterfeit aftershaves and perfumes have been found to contain excessive amounts of methanol amongst other ingredients. High levels of methanol can cause skin conditions in the form of rashes and reactions to consumers especially those with sensitive skin or dermatitis.


    Another safety consideration is that high levels of methanol makes the perfume much more flammable.

    A representative of Surelock International, UK representative for many designer brands, said: “Once again we are very pleased to have worked with Peterborough Trading Standards, and this is a great result. Counterfeit perfumes are unregulated, and recent testing has shown the contents can pose a safety risk to unsuspecting consumers.”

    Rob Edmunds from Peterborough Trading Standards said: “Selling these fake perfumes as testers is a new tactic by counterfeiters and we urge residents to avoid buying them if they see these items online or at car boot sales and markets. Not only is it against the law, selling counterfeit goods undercuts genuine traders and these perfumes pose a health and safety risk to the public.”

    Anyone with information regarding counterfeit products should contact the trading standards team in confidence by emailing [email protected]

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Why Should You Consider Training Your Staff in Security?

  • June 20, 2017 at 1:57 pm
  • In this economic climate when financial decisions are heavily weighed by priorities why should you consider training your staff in security? Good question, but we all know that saying of “shutting the stable door once the horse has bolted” and the significance it has in our current climate doesn’t bear thinking about, or does it?

    do_something_todaySecurity affects everyone, every home, every business, everywhere. We all need to be alert and know our options to assist protecting ourselves, our colleagues, our neighbours and indeed the guy next to you in the street because believe it or not we all have an instinct that we don’t give ourselves credit for or recognise until it has kicked in, and that is survival.

    There is much advice currently available from various public organisations whose existence is ultimately for our protection. Do you know the UK’s current national threat level, how to check it or what to do if it is at its highest level?

    Check the National Counter Terrorism Security Office advice for security managers of crowded places following a threat level to CRITICAL which provides us with information about the national threat level on the MI5 Security Service website

    Business is ultimately about people.  Well-trained and motivated teams make the difference and this is especially valid when it comes to security issues.  Surelock has a portfolio of practical courses and seminars which are able to help you combat crime and reduce security risks.  Bespoke courses can also be developed to meet your personnel’s particular needs.

    We are reasonably priced and have SIA Approved Trainers and those with City & Guilds Teaching Adult Learners qualifications that have provided training to blue-chip companies, major pharmaceutical companies, local authorities, NHS Trusts, overseas government officials, major institutes, large and small organisations, public and private schools/educational establishments, banking/financial operations and other corporate clients. In addition to recognition and validation previously by The Security Institute, these Training Courses have been approved by HM Government and by the British Institute of Facilities Management.

    Contact us for information about our courses – [email protected]  +44 (0) 333 6000 300

    • Corporate Security Management: We are able to provide innovative security management training for security managers in both the public and private sectors.
    • Training for Non-security Managers: Businesses recognise the role of every individual in maintaining effective security.  This philosophy is reflected in this innovative course for corporate non-security managers.
    • Counter Terrorism Awareness: Unfortunately with the world-wide activities of activists this type of awareness training is paramount for corporate staff and individuals to enable them to react (or keep themselves safe) in the event of something taking place in the vicinity of any of these acts.
    • Security Supervisors: We believe that your security staff cannot be fully effective if they are not totally conversant with security industry policy and procedures.  Our courses cover technical and customer care aspects of security and include topics from security awareness and risk assessments through to civil and criminal law and coping with emergencies.
    • Security Awareness: We provide lively and interactive training sessions for non-security staff which engender a broad knowledge of security issues as well as enhancing the corporate ‘security culture’.
    • Conflict Management: The interaction between persons, whether in business or socially, at any stage may lead immediately to aggression or conflict that needs to be recognised and addressed.
    • Defensive Driving: We offer a highly respected course designed for both public and private sector organisations.  The course, over either two or four days combines theoretical and practical training including instruction on a skid pan by driving instructor and former police specialist/trainers.
    • Other Training Courses/Presentations: We are able to effectively research, programme and present most other forms of training courses, which involve a security/crime related subject to alert staff and train them how to recognise or deal with a particular problem or activity.


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A Man in Woolwich has been jailed for selling £150,000 of fake Justin Bieber and One Direction merchandise

  • June 14, 2017 at 10:45 am
  • In July 2014, Surelock International Limited provided the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) with evidence leading to a prison sentence of 30 months for Woolwich man Meraj Gul, who pleaded guilty to selling goods with unauthorised trademarks.

    Acting Detective Superintendent and Head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), Peter Ratcliffe, said: “This sentencing proves that producing, selling and distributing fake goods online will not go unpunished. Not only does this act deprive the creative industry of revenue, it also puts the livelihoods of those working in it at risk.”

    “Through the hard work of our officers, and working with industry partners such as Surelock, we have effectively brought the man responsible to justice.”

    Director of Surelock, Ron Harrison, said: “Surelock are one of the UK’s most pro-active brand protection companies, who represent a number of clients including music artists where we act as enforcement agents for Trademarks and Rightsholders Against Piracy (TRAP). We received excellent service and cooperation from City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). A large amount of counterfeit merchandise was seized and this was ultimately a very successful operation for which we are grateful.”

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Fake Cosmetics Worth £100 Million Seized by Police in China

  • February 18, 2017 at 8:25 pm
  • Fake cosmetics estimated to be worth almost £100 million – including products packaged to look like the famous brands Chanel, Christian Dior and Estée Lauder – have been seized in a wide-ranging swoop in China.

    Police in China’s eastern Taizhou city discovered the products in 1,200 boxes, found during seven raids earlier this month, authorities said late on Wednesday, in social media posts.

    The operation has seen 15 suspects being detained, 13 of which have already been charged by prosecutors.

    Police started hunting the gang behind the fake cosmetics after they were made aware of a counterfeit toothpaste being sold online a year ago, state news agency Xinhua said.

    In an effort to ensure that grievances did not go further, the gang offered instant refunds to anyone who complained about the products.

    Xinhua said the syndicate had distributed products throughout China and that this month’s haul had a street value of 827 million yuan (£96m).


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Peterborough Car Boot Trader Sentenced for Fake Goods

  • February 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm
  • A man has been sentenced to 100 hours community service after pleading guilty to selling thousands of pounds worth of fake designer goods at the Peterborough weekly ‘Bizzy Boot’ sale.

    Mohammed Imran Malik had admitted to seven offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 relating to the sale and supply of counterfeit items at the Wellington Street car park weekly car boot sale.

    The sentencing on Tuesday (7 February) at Peterborough Crown Court follows an investigation by Peterborough City Council trading standards officers in July last year. This led to the seizure of around £12,000 worth of counterfeit items including Nike trainers, Dior perfumes, Lacoste polo shirts and Ralph Lauren polo shirts.

    The city council is now seeking a Proceeds of Crime Award against Malik, 26, of Star Road, Peterborough which will review the financial aspects of the case and could result in the dissemination of any proceeds between the police and council.

    Mr Malik selling fake designer goods at the Bizzy Boot sale


    All counterfeit clothing is being passed to the Police National Aid Convoy to use in their work delivering emergency aid to disaster areas throughout the world.

    Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities and environmental capital, said: “This investigation is a great example of joint working by Peterborough City Council and the local community and we will continue to work with the public, brand holders, local traders and our enforcement partners to ensure that we stamp out these illegal ‘business practices’.

    “The sale of fake goods is not only damaging to the brand owners, but also to the legitimate Peterborough businesses who are trading fairly but being undercut by those who think it is fine to sell counterfeit goods.”

    A spokesman for Surelock Brand Protection Services, brand protection representatives for a number of household companies, said: “People should be aware that by purchasing counterfeit goods you are receiving an inferior quality product, each sale has a detrimental effect on the livelihoods of genuine local traders and you are also helping fund criminal organisations. We applaud the actions of Peterborough Trading Standards in clamping down on the sale of goods which infringe intellectual property rights.”

    Residents who have information on counterfeiting activity within Peterborough can call Citizens Advice on 03454 040506 on can pass on details by emailing Trading Standards.

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We Have Been Granted Corporate Membership of ABI, The Association of British Investigators

  • February 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm
  • orporate Members of ABI
    Proud Corporate Members of ABI

    We are proud to announce that we have been granted Corporate membership of The Association of British Investigators. This means so much to us as it is further recognition of how we continually strive for excellence, the highest level of professionalism and ethical standing.

    This achievement complements other memberships of the Surelock team, which include the Association of Security Consultants (ASC), the Institute of Counter Fraud Specialists (ICFS), the Ex-Police in Industry and Commerce Integrity Assured (EPIC) and the Institute of Professional Investigators (IPI).

    View our certificate.

    About the ABI

    With origins dating back to 1913, the Association of British Investigators is now recognised as the premiere professional body for private investigators working in the United Kingdom. Throughout its long history, the ABI has worked hard to improve the standing and reputation of the investigative professional.

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Jilly Saward

  • January 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm
  • Roy Herridge QPM is a Director and founder of Surelock and a former Detective Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police.  He was the Senior Investigating Officer for the Jilly Saward case.


    “It is with great regret and sadness that I heard of the sad and untimely death of Jilly Saward and we express our sympathy on behalf of the team that dealt with the investigation into the Ealing Vicarage Rape.


    Jilly impressed us all with her courage and bravery at the time and subsequently in the way she dealt with her trauma by helping others and starting the charity, Women in Crisis.  She will be sadly missed by all who were privileged to know her and her family.”

    Roy Herridge QPM Ex Detective Superintendent retired and all the detectives who investigated the Ealing Vicarage Rape

    Following this investigation and subsequent convictions Roy Herridge wrote a book “Believe No One” incorporating this investigation and others he had dealt with.   The full proceeds of this book have been donated to Women in Crisis.

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    by dave