Black Country Co-op to install shutter after crime spree

A Co-op store in the Black Country is to install security shutters, following an increase in break-ins at supermarkets in the area.

The popular store, located in the Fallings Park area of Wolverhampton, has itself been targeted by thieves over the past year. In an incident earlier in 2012, a group attempted to smash its way in through the unprotected side doors of the premises.

Other Co-op stores in nearby areas of have also been hit in the past year.

In early August, cigarettes were grabbed from the store in Oldbury Road, Sandwell. A week later, the store on Highfields Road, Wolverhampton, was targeted, with another raid on the branch in Unity Walk, Tipton, hit the following week.

Some of the raids have been undertaken by a masked gang too, with other sites in Rowley Regis, Wombourne, Tividale and Tipton being hit.

To offer some protection, the Fallings Park store has stepped up security. However, bosses want a more permanent measure than the padlocks can provide, submitting a planning application stating:

“The store has experienced a number of alleged burglaries through the side exit door which a padlock has now been applied to as a temporary solution.

“The new shutters will provide the opportunity to substantially improve the security of the store out of trading hours.”

A decision from the local council is expected to be received in mid to late November.

If agreed to, the shop shutters will be fitted to the entrance, exit and the side doors of the building.

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