RIPLEY: Raids spark alert to businesses

Gltz and glam shop Ripley. Owner Liz Lanyi where the break in happened.
Gltz and glam shop Ripley. Owner Liz Lanyi where the break in happened.

Businesses in a mid Derbyshire town are being urged to step up their security after a spate of burglaries.

Since the start of May, police have investigated 14 break-ins at commercial premises in the town – seven within the last eight weeks.

The most recent happened in the early hours of September 19, when cash and a television were stolen from New Tony’s Delight on Church Street. On the same night thieves also broke into the British Red Cross store on Oxford Street, but nothing was stolen.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are now advising local businesses to be alert, and encouraging them to take steps to help protect their premises.”

Liz Lanyi, owner of Glitz and Glam on Grosvenor Road, from where £20,000 of stock was taken on June 25, said she had upgraded security since the burglars stole her CCTV camera: “Now we can watch the shop via the internet. It appears in the corner of the television.

Cash was taken from three Nottingham Road premises – the Shylet Spice on September 17, Hardwick Stone on September 12 and the Enigma Spa on August 13, while an empty cash box was taken from Q Cuts on September 10.

Burglars were disturbed and fled from the Oriental Wok on Chapel Street on August 27. Three salons were also targeted. An attempted break-in left a damaged door at Alison Clare Beauty on August 13 while hair straighteners were stolen from Clare’s on August 8 and cash from Hair 4 U on Maple Avenue on August 6.