Businesses urged to check security after spate of burglaries in Cambridge
Police have urged businesses in Cambridge to consider beefing up their security following a spate of break-ins.
Six businesses have been targeted since the beginning of July. One was broken in to twice in a matter of weeks.
The burglars have smashed windows and forced their way through doors to get into the properties in Cambridge city centre.
PC Leanne Robinson, of the city neighbourhood team, said: “Over the past month we have seen an increase in the number of business burglaries in the Cambridge city area and believe they are all linked.
“I’d urge business owners to do what they can to ensure their property is secure, marked and monitored around the clock.”
The burglaries include a restaurant in Corn Exchange Street which was broken into between midnight and 6am on July 1, with an unknown amount of alcohol stolen.
An iPad, credit card machine and safe were stolen from a restaurant in King Street after a rear door was forced in between 5pm on July 1, and 7am the following day.
Three weeks later the King Street restaurant was again broken into through the rear door, resulting in another, smaller safe being stolen.
Nearly £300 was stolen from the till of a shop in Sussex Street after a window was smashed to get inside between 6pm on July 22and 9am the following day.
A café in St Edwards Passage was ransacked between 6pm on July 28 and at 8am the following day after a window was smashed to get inside.
A restaurant in Newnham Road had cash, a CCTV recorder and a stereo stolen after a window was smashed to get inside between 11.30pm on July 31 and 11am the following day.
At about 4.30am on Thursday (August 1) an unknown amount of cash was stolen from a restaurant in King’s Parade after a window was smashed to get inside.
Cambridgeshire Police offer advice and prevention for businesses at cambs.police.uk/information-and-services/Crime-advice-for-businesses.
Anyone with information about burglary should call police on 101 or visit cambs.police.uk/report. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.
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