On Saturday night the back door and the outer steel security door of a high street retail business I own were smashed and thousands of dollars in cash (two days takings) was taken along with more than five thousand dollars worth of stock.
The theft was committed at 4:30am. We have photos and video of those involved. On the evidence, the police confident that it is a drug related crime.
What shocked me was a comment by the police that the money will be spent by those involved within 48 hours, that they will be high for a couple of days, down for a couple of days after than and then on the look out for their next payday.
Stock and doors can be replaced and insurance can cover some of the cash. The business disruption is frustrating as is the process of claiming on insurance. All because someone wants to get high.
The police expect no jail time, some community service and no attention to what caused them to steal i the first place.
I have no idea what the answer is and no, I am not suggesting that jail time resolves drug related crime. Naively, I wish there was a solution for the addiction that is at the root of this crime.
What I do know is that this business feels a bit less safe than a few days and and that means a bit less enjoyment for those who work there and maybe some who shop there.