Wolverhampton hospice to step-up security after break-ins

A Wolverhampton charity is to boost its security, which could include fixing window bars, following a spate of break-ins at its premises.

The decision has been made after a coffee shop managed by Compton Hospice was targeted, with about 40 bottles of festive mulled wine being taken. These were due to be sold at a Christmas Fair to benefit the charity just days later.

Fortunately, the fair was still a success for Compton. One of the organisation’s fund raisers, Simon Carter, said:

“We made about £2,500 which we were pleased about.”

He also said that a number of people dropped by simply to donate raffle prizes, having heard of the incident.

The break-in at the coffee shop happened just days after the new Compton store in the area was broken into. On that occasion though, the thieves left completely empty-handed. They did gain access to the safe however, which was empty, and caused over £2,000 worth of damage in the raid.

The charity’s main store was also hit within a matter of days of the first incident.

The general manager of the hospice, Paul Carter, said that as well steel doors being fitted to many of the organisation’s shops, other steps were being taken.

He said:

“We are also blocking up windows in a number of our shops and we have been looking at additional patrols from security companies.”

It is hoped the precautions will deter thieves, adding to deterrence provided from the CCTV and security patrols already in place.

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