A trader in Corby town centre is furious after thieves targeted his shop for the third time since it opened six months ago.
Concerned Sasi Kanthan, who runs Corby News in Elizabeth Street, joined the owners of neighbouring businesses for a meeting with the police where they called for action to tackle the problem.
They met John Kinloch, the force’s crime prevention officer for Corby and Kettering, and were told police patrols in the area will be stepped up.
There are also plans to upgrade security at businesses in Elizabeth Street, including hairdresser’s Charles Barry and employment agency Echo Personnel.
Mr Kanthan said: “The first time the shop was broken into I had only just opened.
“The thieves stole stock worth £10,000. The second time they took cigarettes, alcohol and the cash float.
“They also damaged the cash machine which we are having taken out.
“We had CCTV installed and sensor lights and the third time thieves tried to break-in we were alerted but they managed to get away.
“They were wearing masks and couldn’t be identified from the CCTV.
“I am fed-up and really furious. We’re looking at upgrading security again. All we are trying to do is run a business.”
Caroline Mann, owner of Charles Barry hairdresser’s, which has also recently been broken into, said: “When you claim for repairs on insurance the excess goes up.
“It’s costing us money, not to mention the inconvenience.”
Mr Kinloch told traders there had been a spate of break-ins at business premises in the town centre and Corby Old Village.
He is visiting businesses in the town to give owners advice on making their premises secure and said: “We will also be stepping up police patrols in the affected areas.
“Working together we can make business safe and secure for workers and customers.”
Business owners are to meet Mr Kinloch again this month to review the situation.
Crime prevention information for businesses is available on the force’s website at www.northants.police.uk.