Owner of Marlborough jewellers hit by raiders calls for CCTV network in town (From This Is Wiltshire)
Owner of Marlborough jewellers hit by raiders calls for CCTV network in town
Jeweller Richard Deacon says yesterday's smash and grab raid on his Marlborough store highlights the need for a CCTV network in the town.
Mr Deacon said today that the three female members of staff who were in the store when the masked and hooded robbers burst in were happy to get back to work, despite their ordeal.
“The most important thing is that nobody was hurt," said Mr Deacon.
“When something like this happens the most important thing is that we get on with things.
“It does show that there is a need for CCTV in Marlborough. It might seem like acting after the horse has bolted but even if CCTV didn’t detract criminals, it could help gather evidence to solve the crime.
“We also have a shop in Wooton Bassett and their CCTV system is an example of one that works.”
The cleanup operation has now begun and Mr Deacon is hopeful that the shop will reopen to the public on Saturday. Fellow jeweller David Dudley echoed Mr Deacon's views, saying that Marlborough is a soft target for thieves because of its lack of CCTV.
The town council has been debating the issue for at least ten years. It has now earmarked £20,000 for CCTV and at the last town council meeting it was decided that town clerk Shelley Parker would look into various options and a decision would be made when the council had seen fully detailed proposals.
Mr Dudley, whose own High Street shop was hit by hooded raiders in November 2007, has been at the forefront of the campaign.
Referring to the Deacons raid, Mr Dudley said today: “This has proven once again that Marlborough needs CCTV.
“Sadly this is the world we live in and there are thieves about. They may not be in Marlborough but they come here because it’s an affluent town, there are lots of lovely shops to hit and they are ruining our town.
"Unfortunately Deacon’s was targeted, three girls were traumatised and Mr Deacon now has to clear up his shop and it’s because we’re easy pickings.
“It happened to us in 2007 and a few years later we had the Flying Squad here because men had been robbing stores all over the world and the next target was mine but fortunately they were caught.
“My wife, Kim Vine, had her front door kicked when she was further up the High Street and she had stock stolen and she just couldn’t recover from it.
“When I sat in a council meeting a few months ago and they were discussing CCTV some of the councillors were saying there is no crime in Marlborough and I had to walk out, I was flabbergasted.”
Mayor Guy Loosmore said of the Deacons raid: “It’s a big shock to the community and people are rightfully concerned. It’s a very, very, unusual event.
“Clearly Marlborough is viewed as a prosperous market town and clearly can be targeted in the way it has been. We haven’t got any official CCTV in the town but it is a project that is ongoing at the moment.”
Coun Justin Cook spoke in favour of CCTV at the council meeting. He said: “This just goes to support the fact that we need CCTV in the town.
“Those guys would have checked out the shop and seen that there is no CCTV in the High Street and where are you going to target, a town with CCTV or a town without?”
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