Zaun supply security fencing for animal sanctuary targeted by criminals


Police Officers in Dudley have rallied local businesses including Zaun to support Brockswood Animal Sanctuary after they were targeted by cruel thieves.

Five animals were stolen from their enclosures while the centre was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and groups of people were breaking in to illegally fish in the ponds.Brockswood Security Fencing for Animal Sanctuary

The callous incidents follow an arson attack in September 2019 that also forced the sanctuary to close.

The Sedgley-based, not-for-profit sanctuary looks after 218 animals. They’re only open to the public in the summer months and the money they make pays to feed the animals all year-round.

As a result of what happened they desperately needed to boost their security measures – something they couldn’t afford to do after losing a huge chunk of income due to the ongoing health crisis. But their appeal for help attracted substantial attention in the local area.

PCSO Kelly White heard about their plight and was determined to help. She contacted our crime prevention team who were able to enlist the help of some top Dudley-based businesses.

Several security firms based in the local area, and OMG (a social media marketing company) donated goods and services worth more than a £7,000.

Gifted items include mesh fencing, padlocks and CCTV cameras. The gaps in the fence line have now been plugged and the main gates, paddocks and outbuildings have high security padlocks in place. The walls and fences have been fortified with defender strips and CCTV covers the fishing pool and animal pens.

Neil Swann, of Brockswood Animal Sanctuary, said: “I’m really impressed with the police as they’ve managed to secure us a lot of help at no cost to the charity or West Midlands Police – the support from them has been amazing.

“But most of all I’m blown away by the generosity of people living in Dudley and the companies that have donated their products and services. Sadly it’s a level of security that no animal sanctuary should need, but we are relieved now that we have one less thing to worry about.”

West Midlands Police is committed to preventing crime, protecting the public and helping those in need and local neighbourhood Inspector Pete Sandhu believes that helping the sanctuary is testimony to this mission.

In a statement, he said: “We’re proud to have helped Brockswood Animal Sanctuary; they’re a valued community asset providing local families with access to animals that they otherwise might not see.

“The new security measures will undoubtedly prevent further incidents, but the tangible benefits don’t stop there. The kindness of everyone involved has helped to secure the future of the sanctuary for years to come, which is fantastic news for everyone in Dudley and the Black Country.”

Find out more about Brockswood Animal Sanctuary, and plan your visit here.

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About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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