Businesses fed up with break-ins
THEY’VE been hammered nine times already this year and these two Bray Street businesses just wish the break-ins would stop.
The owners of SSS BBQ Barns and Tabatinga Entertainment Centre are fuming over the hefty repair bills and inconvenience and they’re now beefing up security and watching out for suspicious behaviour.
The SSS premises was raided at 12.45am on Wednesday when three youths wearing hooded white jumpers smashed the door and stole up to $300 worth of alcohol.
Tabatinga was hit on Saturday at 10.45pm by two males described as Aboriginal in appearance and wearing hoods who pounded through a wall and kicked open the office door.
“It’s more the frustration – you know you will be spending time and money fixing stuff and securing the building after a break-in,” said SSS owner Jarrod Medway.
“Every night you are paying extra wages to make sure merchandise is put out of sight.
“I’m up for $2000 for the door – I’m putting solid timber doors on the front to make it like Fort Knox.”
Tabatinga’s Cathy Parker, who has endured as many as three raids in four months, is braced for major expense to fix the damage from the latest incident.
“It will cost thousands of dollars by the time we get it all painted,” Mrs Parker said.
“Staff at the Greenhouse Tavern saw two males in our office with the light on and chased them up the railway line.
“I reckon the court act needs to be changed because offenders like this that are getting caught are getting a slap on the wrist and they go back and do it again.”
Mrs Parker is grateful authorities have finally fixed a fence on the nearby rail line which she hopes will stop people using it as a thoroughfare.
The business owners – who have stressed they don’t keep cash on their premises – want members of the public to be vigilant and ring police at the first sign of trouble at the Bray Street complex.
Contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you have information about the latest break-ins.