A gang dressed as policemen apparently conned their way into a Kings Cross business and got away with up to £2m of IT gear and possibly some data, according to reports. The police said that on Thursday night at about 2100 the robbers/fake police told staff at the data centre on St Pancras Way that they wanted to check something up on the roof. Then handcuffed everyone and made off with a load of IT kit. Real police arrived at 2200, staff were shaken but not hurt.
If you saw anything suspicious in the St Pancras Way area on 6 December at 2100 call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111
Kings Cross is very close to the City and ideally located for all sorts of odd businesses. One of these is IT data warehousing. An anonymous building at 2-6 St Pancras Way (in the one-way system opposite the post sorting centre, next to the canal) hosts a load of IT kit for Verizon Business a global telecoms and IT company. Banks and big companies let Verizon look after all their IT kit – reports suggest that JP Morgan was one of the customers of this data centre.
The Verizon website boasts of its security at its data centres:
‘• 24×7 uniformed guard service with interior and exterior closed-circuit television surveillance
• Electronic access at all data centre entrances, including biometric hand scanners
• Electronic key management systems and individually keyed racks’
Apparently checking police ID wasn’t part of the security measures…….