Shops warned to step-up security

Shop owners in the Cornish town of Hayle have been urged to step up their security precautions, following a spate of burglaries in the area.

In the past month, at least three businesses have been hit.

The first two incidents took place on the same night and in the same area. On 7th June, both The Farm Shop and a takeaway business situated in Penpol Terrace were targeted.

In both cases, the burglar broke in through the rear entrances. A small amount of cash was taken from both tills. As the incidents are so similar, and because of the close proximity of the businesses, local police believe the same criminal was responsible.

The second incident, which failed, took place on 19th June, with police believing a separate group was responsible.

This time, entry through the front entrance of Blewett’s was attempted. It is thought that a crowbar or screwdriver was used.

There was no major damage or expense caused to any of the businesses. However, future incidents could prove more costly.

Sergeant Green from the local police said:

“We would recommend business owners make sure that they take all reasonable security precautions and that they don’t leave anything valuable or cash in the stores overnight.”

The installation of security shutters, retractable security gates and steel doors are ideal deterrents, while they also and act as a great barrier against attacks.

Sergeant Green has also called upon all residents of Hayle to be extra vigilant and contact police if they remember anything suspicious from the dates in question.

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