Shops warned about security

There has been a spate of burglaries at shops in South Elmsall. Chris Caulton from All Floors disturbed one of the burglars in his shop. Police are now warning businesses to be vigilant. (H553B345)
There has been a spate of burglaries at shops in South Elmsall. Chris Caulton from All Floors disturbed one of the burglars in his shop. Police are now warning businesses to be vigilant. (H553B345)
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Police are warning shop-owners to protect their businesses after a spate of recent break-ins.

The South Kirkby neighbourhood police team (NPT) has issued advice after several shops on Barnsley Road were burgled at the beginning of October.

Insp Geoff Carter, from the South Kirkby neighbourhood police team, said: “Shop-owners can protect themselves from theft by taking a number of preventative measures, in the same way that you would at home.

“Don’t leave cash and petty cash tins on the premises overnight. Make sure the building is secure and look at what security systems you can afford.

“Any business-owner who is concerned can get in touch with the NPT and we will come out, check the business and have a chat about how to increase security.”

All Floors, the former Dennis Price Carpets and Beds store, was broken into overnight on Thursday, October 10.

New owner Chris Caulton, 33, said: “I went down at around 5.15am because I was still doing the shop up and I think I disturbed them. They didn’t get away with much.”

A garage at the back of the shops, a takeaway and a beauty salon have also been victims of the break-ins.

Insp Carter said: “The recent spate happened at the beginning of October. We upped patrols and luckily there hasn’t been anything over the last week or so.”

Anyone who has any information about the break-ins should contact the NPT on 101.

Email wakefield.seast@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk for crime prevention and business safety advice.

l A 31-year-old local man has been arrested and subsequently charged in relation to the All Floors burglary.