Thieves entered through a drive-through window of the Warwick Famous Pie Shop.
Thieves entered through a drive-through window of the Warwick Famous Pie Shop. Shannon Newley

Break-ins are on the rise

THREE local business premises have been targeted by thieves over the past five days.

In the early hours of Friday morning, the Warwick Famous Pie Shop was broken into by robbers, who stole two till floats and two small safes.

Sometime between 6am on Friday and 7am on Sunday, a business on Freestone Rd was broken into but no property was noticed missing.

At 2.40am yesterday a business on Grafton St was ransacked but again, nothing appeared to be stolen.

Warwick Police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said there had been an increase in break-ins of late, but no connection had been made between the three cases.

"There has been a recent spike (in break-ins) and police are investigating," Senior Sergeant Day said.

He said inquiries were under way to find those responsible.

"Police are accessing all lines of inquiry," he said.

"We are running numerous inquiries in relation to CCTV footage and other investigations."

Senior Sergeant Day said there were a number of ways businesses could protect themselves against thieves.

"Police offer a business security audit whereby businesses can improve their security," he said.

"We call it 'target hardening' their premises to make it less attractive to thieves to go onto their premises."

One of these audits is usually carried out when a business experiences a break-in and police provide owners with ways to improve their security.

Local business owner Troy Burrows, of Presence on Palmerin, said it was a concern to know people were being broken into.

"It's a concern but not so much a local thing," Mr Burrows said.

"It's just one of those things and you find being in the lead up to Christmas things get a bit tight."

Mr Burrows said precautions are taken to ensure the safety of his retail store.

"We don't leave cash on the premises - we make sure everything is locked and leave the lights on at night, which I think deters people a little bit."

Business owners are encouraged to contact Warwick police on 4660 4444 if they want an audit conducted.


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