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Attacks on businesses ‘on the rise’

THE Launceston Chamber of Commerce has labelled a series of attacks on small businesses as “very distressing” and desperate.

Business burglaries in the North have increased by about two thirds since the start of the financial year.

Earlier in the week two Launceston stores had their front windows smashed in alleged attempted burglaries.

“Many businesses are doing it tough, and are hard-working small owner-operators struggling to pay the rent and keep the cash flows going,” chamber executive Maree Tetlow said.

“There are obviously some very desperate people out there that see small business as a valid target.”

One of the business owners who had his front window smashed, causing $3500 damage, has set up a Facebook site so retailers can share information.

Luke Dawson, from Launceston Wanted Street Wear, said it had proved an effective tool in preventing shoplifters.

Cityprom executive Vanessa Cahoon said businesses were able to support Tasmania Police by reporting issues and sharing information to help identify perpetrators

“I’m a big supporter of the power of social media, when used in a positive manner,” she said.

“I think Luke’s group is a great concept, with the community and businesses working together we have a better chance at reducing this sort of crime and anti-social behaviour.”

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