Firms should be extra-vigilant when it comes to on-site security, according to Newbury-based reseller Rombyte, which last week suffered the theft of computer memory chips worth £150,000.
"There are a lot of robberies going on and people should take extra care," said Jazz Dhillon, sales director at Rombyte. According to Dhillon, the robbery was the work of a team of experts who cut emergency telephone lines at Rombyte's site before breaking into the building on the night of Thursday 11 January. "They obviously had time to do all this. We are not talking about a mickey-mouse outfit," he said.
DC Pullen of Thames Valley Police said, "This is not the first attack of its type that I have seen but it is certainly the largest that I have encountered for quite some time. I would advise companies to be careful of anyone who appears to be watching the comings and goings at their site."
Rombyte will be reappraising its security in the aftermath of the attack. But Dhillon warned that businesses will now have to work even harder to stay one step ahead of the criminals. "You have got to do everything that you can to prevent them from doing this type of thing, you have got to make it as hard for them as possible," he said.
Computer chips have become an easy target for criminals because of their size and the fact that they are often difficult to identify.
Last November thieves stole computer equipment worth an estimated £1m from the London headquarters of Deutsche Bank.
This was first published in January 2001