Live blogging a crime scene: Distilled offices broken into

So it’s not entirely the way I’d choose to spend a Saturday afternoon; sat outside our offices waiting for the police scene of crime officers to arrive to do their forensic stuff after some !*?!! smashed our lovely new front door and stole (at least) two 24“ iMacs.

Our front door at the moment:

Our front door after break-in

We only moved in on Monday - I haven’t even been able to write about our move yet (you’ll have to be patient at least another day!). We love our office - it’s such an improvement over the old one in so many ways. Except security, apparently. While we have off-site backups of everything crucial, it would have been a pain if our office servers had been taken - just in terms of restoring etc. As far as I can tell from outside (sitting on the floor, connected to WiFi!) it’s only our two big expensive 24” iMacs that have been stolen - and since they shouldn’t have too much on them in terms of data, they should be very easy to replace. Thankfully, they are insured (though I don’t know the excess yet).

There are a few things that are very annoying about this. The main one being that the premises are supposed to be protected by a security company, Anco Security, the security guard was on-site (we don’t employ the security guys directly, so it will be up to our landlord to look into this in more detail). I can’t believe it happened in broad daylight at 2pm on a Saturday!

Anco Security

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Will Critchlow

Will Critchlow

Will founded Distilled with Duncan in 2005. Since then, he has consulted with some of the world’s largest organisations and most famous websites, spoken at most major industry events and regularly appeared in local and national press. For the...   read more