Police urge firms to tighten up on security

Tiffin take away caf�, broken into and charity box, crisps and cakes taken. 'Cafe owner Lorna Pew'Photo by Emma Mitchell'19/11/13
Tiffin take away caf�, broken into and charity box, crisps and cakes taken. 'Cafe owner Lorna Pew'Photo by Emma Mitchell'19/11/13

Police have called on local businesses to beef up security in the run up to Christmas following a spate of shop break-ins.

Inspector John Hunter was responding to the latest theft at a cafe in Bearsden, that was targeted by criminals who smashed their way into the premises causing extensive damage and stealing two charity boxes containing around £300.

Inspector Hunter, said: “We can confirm that we are investigating a report of a theft in the area.

“This may very well have been an opportunist crime, but in the run-up to the festive season we would urge all property owners, whether it be private dwellings or businesses, to be vigilant and review the security measures they have in place.”

With Christmas just round the corner there are more opportunities for thieves to take advantage of other people’s good will.

Tiffins cafe was broken into a couple of weeks ago. Owner Lorna Pew said the thieves took a poppy collection box and one for The Prince and Princes Hospice, but left another one that was not full.

She told the Herald last week: “There must have been at least two of them as they moved a very heavy display cabinet and smashed a cash register, taking the float money inside.

“I reckon they probably also had some kind of van as they took a lot of my stock, such as sweets, crisps and two cases of Irnbru, as well as the top layer of goods from the cool cabinet.”

Although the stock that was taken will need to be replaced the main outlay will be in repairing the shop, as the thieves smashed a plate glass front window before gaining access to the cafe through a glass panel in the lower section of a door.

Mrs Pew reckons the total bill for repairing the damage will be in the region of £1,500.

The previous week Christie the butchers in New Kirk Road, Bearsden, was targeted in the same way, with the culprits getting away with three charity boxes, and money from a till.

Owner Alex Christie said he was ‘disgusted’.