Thieves target bar's windows
TATTERSALLS Hotel owner Merv Green is getting tired of being woken up with the news that the building has been broken into yet again.
It happened once more on Thursday night when would-be thieves broke in through a window in the front bar of the hotel.
However, the club’s security alarm went off and scared them away before they managed to steal anything.
Mr Green said the latest incident was one more in an increasing run of attacks on his property.
“We’ve been averaging one a week for the past month,” he said.
“The stupid part is they smash the glass, get inside and never take anything.”
Mr Green estimates he has spent about $2500 on repairing the damage from break-ins in the past month.
But the attack on his property is not limited to the hotel.
Mr Green said just before Christmas someone threw a fishing sinker or a ball bearing through a plate glass window at a bottle shop he operates in Kepnock.
And early on Saturday morning someone used shopping trolleys to smash the glass door of a bottle shop he operates in Hinkler Central shopping centre.
However, security grilles stopped the attackers from getting into the shop.
“People just seem to think it’s clever to destroy property,” Mr Green said.
He is hoping the start of the school year will mean an end to the attacks.
“We had the same sort of problems around the same time last year,” he said. “They were trying to break into the storage area, and just kept doing it.”
Mr Green said last year the attacks stopped at the beginning of the school year, which led him to believe the culprits were school students.
The continuing problems mean Mr Green is thinking of putting CCTV in the hotel in an effort to upgrade his security.