Police have arrested two youths in connection with a recent spate of overnight café break-ins across the Island.
The latest incident led to the arrests after vigilant members of the public reported seeing suspicious behaviour, and doors open and alarm sounding at a café in the Shanklin area.
Detective Constable Jessica Hughes of Hampshire Constabulary said: “In addition to thanking the members of public who contacted the police, we would like to advise shop owners that by making some simple adjustments they can help to protect their property from unwanted visitors.
“There are quite a few cafés and gift shop in isolated locations across the island and this can leave them vulnerable as a target for thieves.
“Although it may be an additional expense consideration should be given to an alarm system which would notify a keyholder if a burglary has occurred. This can be either the traditional alarm system linked to mains and telephone or alternatively there are in-expensive battery operated systems available that would alert the owner by text.
“Please ensure that doors and windows are kept in good condition. Doors can be strengthened to prevent them from being kicked in and ideally windows should be protected by metal shutters.
“Security gates could also be considered for the doors. Where applicable, the gap between the leading edge of the door and the door frame should be protected with an anti-thrust plate to prevent items from being inserted in the gap and jemmying them open.”
Anyone with information can contact Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
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