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28 November 2011

ACJ attend England Under 21’s International

As a proud sponsor of Colchester United Football Club a number of our staff attended the recent England Under 21 International at Colchester’s Weston Homes Community Stadium.  Visitors, Iceland, put up a strong fight until the dying minutes when they conceded three late goals (all missed by a certain ACJ Finance Director, who left the ground early!).  Final result 5-0 to England and a happy Stuart Pearce.


Together with managing Colchester United’s “CUFCinsure” insurance scheme we also provide commercial insurance and risk management advice to companies across a wide range of business sectors. Please contact us on 01206 500000 or email if you have any insurance queries.

24 November 2011

Theft of Cabling

We have recently seen an increase in thefts of power cables within the Film/TV industry.  These items can be left on location outside but normally within perimeter fencing.  Thieves have also breached Studio security at Pinewood and stolen cables from trucks parked up at film sets and hire company locations.

Please be very vigilant as these items are becoming increasingly theft attractive in this harsh economic climate.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact Nigel Matthews on 01206 500 000 or email

16 November 2011

Fraudulent Hire - Theft Alert

In the spirit of passing on information that becomes available to us, I have been advised of the following theft of £40,000 worth of equipment from the Tamworth area.

All the equipment was taken away in a Silver Ford Transit van registration RA02 VRP. The names given by the hirers were Alex Bonanno and Evans Afum aka DJ Denon – There was also a driver, however, no name was given.  All three were afro-carribean. Mobile Number 07572 070156 (now unobtainable).

List of items taken:

2 x Ohm TRS 218 Speaker (approx 1.1 x 0.75 x 0.6 m, 80kg each)

4 x Ohm TRS 212 Speaker (approx 1 x 0.5 x 0.5 m, 60kg each)

In a rack Flightcase (heavy case, probably 80kg, on wheels)

Ohm CFU-A2 Power Amplifier

Ohm CFU-A3 Power Amplifier

Ohm Cred Mk2 2-6 System Controller

Various Speakon Cables, 16a TRS cable, powercon dongles

2 x Pioneer CDJ1000s (went out in yellow padded 'UDG' bag about a foot square)

1 x Pioneer DJM800, cased

1 x AKG Radio Mic

1 x Yamaha LS-9 32 mixer – recently purchased, supplier can narrow down serial number of mixer itself to one of these:

Serial 21BSAQY01020 

Serial 21BSAQX01010 

Serial 21BSAQP01025 

Serial 21BSAQP01027 

Serial 21HAQM01032


11 November 2011

ACJ Fraudulent Hire - London Olympics 2012

 With the London 2012 Olympics fast approaching, there are concerns from leading UK equipment hire facilities regarding the increased potential for fraudulent theft by those posing as overseas production and broadcast companies.   Together with UK Screen, Allan Chapman & James will be holding a group discussion on Thursday 24 November 2011 at 10am aimed at discussing hire checking procedures to make you safer, how best we work with LOCOG, circulation of fraudulent alerts and traceability.

We will be running through a suggested checklist and asking for feedback on other recommendations to make sure you are protected during the event.

If you would like to attend please email Simon Miller  by Friday 18 November. Please note the event will be based in London and the exact venue will be confirmed dependent on numbers.


4 November 2011

Alert - Break-In


We were notified yesterday of a forcible break-in during the early hours of 2 November 2011 at a Post Production Company in London's West End.

Two Sony SRW-5500 decks (Serial numbers S010013510 and S010014264) were taken.  The break-in was caught on CCTV but the gang were all wearing hoodies.  The alarm system was fully set and all physical protections were operational.

The gang were in and out of the premises within 40 seconds and were obviously targeting these specific decks.

Please remain fully vigilant over the coming weeks and ensure your Intruder Alarm Systems are switched on when the premises are unoccupied and all other physical security is in operation.  Be wary of strangers who may be looking to enter your premises to check the layout or positioning of equipment such as these decks.

John Claffey Dip CII
Commercial Director