Call for CCTV after 'horrendous' week at Costa cafes

Bucks Free Press: Daga, the manager at Costa in Bourne End Daga, the manager at Costa in Bourne End

A CAFE in Bourne End has called for CCTV cameras to be installed in the village after being hit by five break-ins in the last three years.

As reported last week, raiders used a sledgehammer to smash into Costa Coffee on January 7, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

And a "horrendous week" for the franchise owners was rounded off when their Flackwell Heath cafe was broken into three days later.

Emma Wharfe, business development manager for the franchise, said: "We want to let the community know we’re not going to stand for it.

"We are going to work with the Neighbourhood Watch to try and get some CCTV into the village. It’s something that could benefit the whole community and neighbourhood.

"The only cameras we’ve got are inside the store so there’s nothing which could show the vehicle they are using.

"It was a horrendous week and the damage caused was immense. It seems strange that they hit both of these little cafes in the same week."

Though some cash was taken from a safe at the Bourne End cafe, Emma said cash is not normally kept in their outlets overnight. She also believes Flackwell Heath would benefit from CCTV along Straight Bit.

The manager of the Bourne End Costa, called Daga, said: "It’s a really nasty thing to happen and something you don’t expect in our community. It’s a nice area but this makes you worry about security."

"Our customers have been so great about it and we’d like to thank everybody in Bourne End and Flackwell Heath for their support over the last week."

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4:30pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Slacker says...

A couple of years ago a meeting was held amongst business owners in Flackwell Heath with a view to getting CCTV but the result was they were attempting to push us into a scheme which would have cost each business owner thousands of pounds. It is difficult enough finding the money to pay shop rent let alone finding thousands for CCTV.

Street CCTV is much more expensive than CCTV for a shop and most could not take the cost. Perhaps the council could help towards the cost as we all pay the council business rates so it would be nice to get some assistance back.
A couple of years ago a meeting was held amongst business owners in Flackwell Heath with a view to getting CCTV but the result was they were attempting to push us into a scheme which would have cost each business owner thousands of pounds. It is difficult enough finding the money to pay shop rent let alone finding thousands for CCTV. Street CCTV is much more expensive than CCTV for a shop and most could not take the cost. Perhaps the council could help towards the cost as we all pay the council business rates so it would be nice to get some assistance back. Slacker

4:49pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Welwyn Dowd says...

If cash is not normally held then someone knew and broke in specifically...
If cash is not normally held then someone knew and broke in specifically... Welwyn Dowd

11:38pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Voyeur says...

If the location is specific why can't the firm themselves put up a CCTV camera system themselves? I understand they are cheap enough for householders to be able to afford them these days.
If the location is specific why can't the firm themselves put up a CCTV camera system themselves? I understand they are cheap enough for householders to be able to afford them these days. Voyeur

2:39am Fri 18 Jan 13

Honey33 says...

Businesses in our high streets are closing down at an alarming rate.If more shops close because of crime and they are not helped and protected it will be a real tragedy. Council rates concession in this will help and must not be delayed. Speedy police investigation and preventive advice will greatly help. Good luck to the owners.
Businesses in our high streets are closing down at an alarming rate.If more shops close because of crime and they are not helped and protected it will be a real tragedy. Council rates concession in this will help and must not be delayed. Speedy police investigation and preventive advice will greatly help. Good luck to the owners. Honey33

9:23am Fri 18 Jan 13

Lucky Eddie says...

They should just buy their own system. £300 would cover it and they'd probably get cheaper insurance too. Why should the Council (i.e. the tax payer) be responsible.
They should just buy their own system. £300 would cover it and they'd probably get cheaper insurance too. Why should the Council (i.e. the tax payer) be responsible. Lucky Eddie

8:53pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Lividov says...

How many Costas are broken into nationally? Very few I suspect especially if no cash is held onsite. Bourne End is not a crime hotspot so I would suspect that some people should be looking inwardly.
How many Costas are broken into nationally? Very few I suspect especially if no cash is held onsite. Bourne End is not a crime hotspot so I would suspect that some people should be looking inwardly. Lividov

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