Roller doors needed for shops?

Cambridge Edition - - FRONT PAGE - EMELYN MCHARDY

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.

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