Roller doors needed for shops?
A Cambridge shop owner robbed of $2000 worth of watches is undecided about whether he should upgrade store security.
‘‘Night shift’’ thieves stole about two dozens watches during a raid on the Edmeades Jewellery shop, Victoria St, in the early hours of September 11.
It’s not the first time the shop had been robbed said owner Royce Edmeades.
Some shops had roller doors for protection against robberies while others, like Noel Leemings, had bollards at the front and bars across the door when closed.
Edmeades did not think those were options for his business.
‘‘And I’m not putting a pull down door or anything on the shop, I don’t believe in that kind of stuff.
‘‘Who wants to see a roll down shutter door, nobody, especially not me.’’
Edmeades believes that most people were trust worthy.
‘‘We have a stand that we put outside the shop everyday, we’re trusting enough that we don’t think people will walk off with stuff and they don’t,’’ Edmeades said.
‘‘These people [thieves] had one thing on their mind, we call them the night shift.’’
Edmeades said some cameras on the street had been able to identify that there was more than one person involved.
He was still not sure if he wanted to take any extra security measures.
‘‘Don’t know, yeah, we could look at it, but I’m retiring age so I’m not going to be around long enough to pay for it.
‘‘We’ve had numerous burglaries, just keeps you working.
‘‘The shop had laminated glass that the robbers were able to break through with a hammer.
‘‘They then stole watches from a glass cabinet.’’
Cambridge police sergeant Andrew Osborn believes the shop was as secure as it could be.
‘‘He did everything his business can to keep themselves safe,’’ Osborn said.
‘‘These people have taken the opportunity to steal.’’
The robbery took place just after 2am, the same day the Z station in Cambridge was robbed, but police have not yet identified whether the two robberies were connected.
Police are asking for public help for any information on the recent robberies in Cambridge.
To make an anonymous report, you can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111
Royce Edmeades’s shop was burgled recently. Watches were stolen from a cabinet.