Halifax town centre traders say more needs to be done to protect their livelihoods after a recent spate of overnight burglaries.
Southgate beauty salon Total Bliss is the most recent shop targeted where thieves have ransacked retail premises after first breaking into or hiding in the Borough Market.
Nearby Brown’s cafe, Merrie England, Spuds & Stuff, Albion Street,British Heart Foundation, Modern Herbals and Pure Travel, Russell Street, and market traders Halifax Telecom and Indulgence Deli Bar have all been victims of recent overnight break-ins.
Thieves broke through a rear Total Bliss window, accessed through the market, and stole electrical items, beauty products and cash. Owner Michelle Bostock, who walked into the chaos on Thursday morning (October 2), said: “It’s devastating - it’s a struggle for us all as it is, we’re all wondering will it happen again? More needs to be done by the council to protect smaller businesses.”
Spuds & Stuff owner Ayhan Uyar said burglars came through the roof last week, and stole £500 cash, smashed a till and caused other damage.
“More needs to be done to catch and punish these criminals,” he said.
Brown’s cafe owner Naz Jolil said criminals smashed through an upstairs door, accessed from the market, and stole £400 cash.
Halifax Telecom trader Mr Ahmed said burglars have cost his business more than £1,000 in theft of phones and replacement of smashed cabinets.
“Thieves hide in the roof and after hours come down and ransack shops - we need CCTV installing,” he said.
On the same night, Indulgence Deli Bar, still in its first year of trading, had cash takings stolen.
Pure Travel say thieves stole Overgate Hospice charity boxes and were disturbed by security alarms.
Criminals broke into British Heart Foundation through the upstairs of the premises and stole £150 in takings and nearby Modern Herbals owner Wendy Atkinson says she was recently broken in to for the second time this year.
Thieves have reportedly caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to market infrastructure.
Calderdale Council’s market manager, John Walker, said: “We are aware of the break-ins and are looking at ways to make the building more secure while respecting its Grade II listing.”
The Council said it will work with police to prevent further burglaries.
Halifax Neighbourhood Inspector Colin Skeath said: “We work closely with businesses in and around Halifax town centre to drive down crime and make sure the town is a safe place to visit and work”
Anyone with information should call police on 101.