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Former Elm Park police sergeant fits free house alarms for vulnerable people

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 April 2017

Kenneth McNish, a former sergeant at the Elm Park Safer Neighbourhood Team, now keeps homes safe by fitting burglar alarms. Picture: Kenneth McNish.

Kenneth McNish, a former sergeant at the Elm Park Safer Neighbourhood Team, now keeps homes safe by fitting burglar alarms. Picture: Kenneth McNish.

Kenneth McNish

After a busy career catching crooks a former police officer continues to make sure houses stay safe by fitting burglar alarms.

Kenneth McNish, 54, spent 15 years policing Havering, including seven years as a sergeant in the Elm Park Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Although he retired last year, Kenneth remained passionate about providing a community service and set up his own business, Dye Thief, installing home security systems.

“One of the main reasons I started fitting burglar alarms was I still wanted to prevent criminals invading people’s homes and causing them untold heartache,” he said.

“I started supplying at no cost due to an awful aggravated burglary on Canvey Island where the victim an elderly lady had been assaulted in her own home.

“The victim’s daughter contacted me and asked me to attend the address and install an alarm as a surprise Christmas gift.

“When she offered me payment I refused it and informed her that her act of kindness and love for her parents meant more than money.

“From that point on I decided to put a tenner away from each job and donate it to an individual who needed an alarm but did not have the financial monies available.”

According to the retired officer, when the business and altruistic act became known to the members of various crime watch organisations, they too started to donate money.

Kenneth now fits every 11th alarm for free and has installed some in Cranham, Harold Hill, Hornchurch, Upminster and as far afield as Canvey Island, Basildon, and Wickford.

“I would love to provide this service to more residents of Havering as they were the people who allowed me to police their streets for 15 years,” he continued.

With 36 years combined military and policing experience, Kenneth, who lives in Benfleet, also offers free home evaluation surveys.

Speaking on Facebook, Maggi Warren: “He is not doing this to make his fortune but to help people in the local community feel protected and safer.”

For more information visit dyethief.com


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