10 March 2017

Eight businesses hit by burglary spree in ACT's north

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A spate of commercial burglaries in Canberra’s north on Wednesday and early on Thursday morning have led police to issue a reminder to businesses to institute preventative measures to protect their premises.

Seven businesses in Belconnen area and one in Watson were broken into, with all reporting damage though the thieves were not able to gain access to all of the businesses. Cash and goods were stolen in some cases.

The burglaries and attempted burglaries occurred at the Watson Takeaway, KFC Hawker, the Fook Lee Sheng Restaurant Fraser, the Fraser Tavern, Seasalt Dining Bruce, Woolworths Charnwood, St Monica’s Primary School Evatt and Flawless Complexions & Beauty Holt.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the burglaries or any suspicious activity around the time of the burglaries to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

ACT Policing advises business owners to take measures to deter offenders, such as displaying a sign that no cash or valuables are kept on the premises and installing high-quality CCTV, adequate security screens, lighting and locks.

Police conduct regular patrols around Canberra and encourage the community to report any suspicious activity to police on 131 444 or to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au.

For more information on how to safeguard your business, please visit the ACT Policing website at https://www.police.act.gov.au/safety-and-security.

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Maryann Mussared2:42 pm 10 Mar 17

The IGA Yarralumla was broken into last Wednesday. The roller-door was ripped out of the frame. Over $5,000 damage and all that was taken was $300 of spirits. This sort of event can destroy some small businesses. The roller-door remains unrepaired at this stage – sadly mangled but a strong reminder to everyone about security. I hope it is repaired soon…

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