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

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. Will is part...   read more

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7 Comments

  1. Leonie

    Oh my goodness I am so upset! I can't believe this! So much for security! Let me know if there is anything you want me to do to help? - My dad wonders whether metal shutters might be a good idea! - In future. :( I hope you are both ok.

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  2. It's going to be fine. The landlords are already talking about metal shutters - I think that's going to be the best solution...

    See you tomorrow.

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  3. This is incredible how we could not prevent something like this to happen...

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  4. Ah gutted guys, sounds like it could have been worse though...

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  5. Bummer. Hope things are sorted now.

    If this is the worst thing that happens to you and your business in the next year then hey.

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  6. Stephen said: "If this is the worst thing that happens to you and your business in the next year then hey."

    Sorry, bit of a dumb ass comment to make in retrospect. I meant it in the 'Eric Idle/Monty Python/Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' kind of way.

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  7. And it was taken in the best possible way, Stephen ;)

    You're absolutely right - I hope this is the worst thing that happens to us...

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