In another week where another of our member clubs have been hit by a break-in, theft and Vandalism the Hallmark Security League would like to express their disappointment that their friends at Eccleshall Football Club were broken into over the weekend.
They are a progressive club and have recently put a lot of work into Pershall Park and we hope they can recover from the break-in and get sorted out quickly. The Club have released CCTV stills via their twitter ffed @eccleshallfc.
This follows in the wake of similar break ins at AFC Blackpool, Atherton Collieries and Litherland Remyca. We have a strong tie-in with League sponsor, Hallmark Security and at the beginning of the season they made an offer to all clubs for reduced rate or at-cost services and Hallmark have spoken to us this week as they are as concerned as we are that Clubs are falling victim to these criminal events.
Chairman of Hallmark Securty, Ian Ross, wishes to re-iterate his offer of at cost services and has released this statement.
“It’s been very disappointing to read the recent news of the break in and subsequent damage caused at both Eccleshall and Blackpool AFC. I have had dealings with both clubs on the road with my personal involvement at Barton FC and now Widnes Football Club and ii know that these clubs offer a warm welcome to everyone at their community facilities.
When I first spoke to the League Officials about a potential Sponsorship, it was on the back of a series of incidents at Non-League grounds and our potential as a company to help clubs having these issues. It was something the League were very keen to implement so that the clubs could benefit in kind too.
Having been involved with Non League clubs myself, I’m well aware of the financial constraints that expensive Alarms/CCTV and other security measures can place on a club, notwithstanding the cost and inconvenience of repairing damage and replacing lost stock.
Since we sent out the initial offer a lot of time has passed and it’s possible that clubs and their supporters may not be aware of the fact that this offer is an open one to all clubs. I would like to reiterate our offer to clubs that are experiencing issues, and those that want to be proactive in protecting their assets. We have a new and effective range of equipment to suit almost all budgets and to a member club, we will supply & maintain at cost, and survey & fit for free.
Any member clubs that are interested in what we can do for them, please contact me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org to get the ball rolling. We are active around the country and distance is not an issue. Likewise to all football clubs, even if you are not a League member we still offer packages that are ideal for football clubs, we are football people so will be happy to speak to any club looking to increase their security.“
League Development Officer, Gary Langley added: “We have spoken with Ian and are keen to remind clubs about this offer, Ian is Chairman at Hallmark Security but also a Club Chairman, he knows about the problems facing clubs and knows that budgets vary greatly with money hard to find. The at cost and free Survey and Fit offers will save clubs a lot of money and we are pleased that Hallmark Security are aware of whats going on and share our concerns about the recent break-ins.