Tank Street businesses fight criminal attacks
LIKE many small business owners, Matt Jenkin has put everything into his work.
Which makes it all the more personal when vandals attack the business he has built up from scratch.
What concerned him most was the fear that little could be done to deter the culprits.
Mr Jenkin's bicycle shop M1 Cycles has twice had attempted break-ins and only recently it was partly flooded when a hose was pushed through a rear roller door and turned on.
'I'm only chasing a dream like anyone else and it's a pain when something like this happens,' Mr Jenkin said.
There was little damage to stock.
The offenders involved didn't reach court but Mr Jenkin feels it would do him little good if they did.
'They get a slap on the wrist,' Mr Jenkin said.
Fellow business owner, Reef Net Computers proprietor Shane Green, said businesses in the Tank Street area were fighting an uphill battle and despite security measures, offenders weren't deterred.
'A lot of the businesses feel very vulnerable,' Mr Green said.
'This section of town is very problematic.'
Mr Green said his business had experienced theft, damage and on Monday night a fire was lit at the back of the building in a large tin container.
'These things happen about once a month,' Mr Green said.
'We can't touch them, the law doesn't work in our favour.'