Burglaries having impact on victims

Public meeting called: police to help advise on precautionary tactics for businesses, residents

TAKE NOTE CROOKS: Mark and Debbie Poole from the Bonnie Doon Central Roadhouse have placed notices on their shopfront windows advising the withdrawal of cigarette sales from their store.

AN increase in burglaries at business premises over the past month to six weeks has prompted the call for a public meeting to be held with crime prevention the main topic.

In the past few weeks several businesses have been the victims of ‘smash and grab’ or just burglaries – with the most serious being the Bonnie Doon Central Roadhouse, the Mansfield Caltex Service Station and the Bonnie Doon Hotel.

In the latest smash and grab burglaries the main target was cigarettes – and some cash, through two ATMs.

With several other smaller burglaries occurring the worry now is ‘who and when will be next’.

At a meeting of the Mansfield District Business Association (MDBA) executive committee held last week it was decided to call a meeting of all business operators and any public residents who may have concerns.

The meeting is to be held at Hotel Delatite conference room on Thursday, August 6 at 7pm.

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