Stoke-on-Trent barbers erect massive sign to deter burglars after three break-ins – Daily Mail
A barbers’ salon has erected a giant sign directed at ‘the scumbags who keep targeting my shop’ in a bid to deter thieves following a series of break-ins.
Rob Wheeler’s Alter Ego barber shop has been targeted by crooks three times in 12 months resulting in hundreds of pounds being swiped from a fruit machine.
Now fed-up staff have splashed out on a massive sign outside the business in Stoke-on-Trent spelling out a defiant message to would-be burglars.
Jade Wilton, who is the Manager of Rob Wheelers barber shop in Stoke-on-Trent, stands underneath the new sign which has been erected to deter burglars from attempting to break in to the shop for a fourth time
Owner Rob Wheeler, 38, and shop manager Jade Wilton, 27, put up the banner to inform criminals the fruit machine is no longer on the premises.
The candid sign, which is written in bold black lettering reads ‘To the scum that keeps breaking into the barber shop to steal money from the fruit machine!
‘We No Longer Have A Fruit Machine So Please Don’t Bother Anymore.’
The shop’s fruit machine (pictured) has been broken into or been the target on each occasion of a burglary, and has cost the business hundreds of pounds
As well as spending hundreds of pounds on the sign the independently-run business has also had to fork out £2,000 for reinforced doors.
The latest burglary happened last Sunday when £500 was taken from the fruit machine – just 10 days after it was targeted in a separate incident.
Manager Jade, who has worked at the salon for the past 10 years, said: ‘We just became sick of it and thought we needed to take drastic action.
‘We’re just a small business and people were having to work for free to cover the costs of repairing doors and windows.
‘The fruit machine has now gone so we decided to put the sign up to make it as clear as possible there is nothing worth stealing here.
‘It’s quite blunt and to the point but we wanted to get a strong message across.
‘Customers were arriving for hair cuts and having to wait for the windows to be boarded up but we just tried to get on as usual.
‘But when it happened for a third time, we just knew we needed to something to try and stop it happening again.
The sign reads: ‘To the scum that keeps breaking into the barber shop to steal money from the fruit machine! We no longer have a fruit machine so please dont bother any more (sic)’
‘We’ve never had anything like it happen here before, it has all come at once and it left us heartbroken and angry.
‘They just go after the fruit machine and nothing else. They know exactly what they are looking for.
‘When they broke in a second time we had these reinforced doors fitted but then they smashed their way through them as well.
‘Each time it costs us to have the premises boarded up. Now there’s shutters on windows and doors but they still keep going after us.
‘Customers were arriving for hair cuts and having to wait for the windows to be boarded up but we just tried to get on as usual,’ said Jade Wilton
‘One of our neighbours caught the guy in the act the last time as he came back from a wedding in a taxi but the burglar threatened to stab him before running away.
‘We all work hard to make a living and its just not what we need.’
Owner Rob added: ‘It’s completely disheartening and soul destroying.
‘We’re a small team and it impacts us directly. We’re having to pay thousands of pounds in damage, which is money straight from our pockets.
‘Sometimes you feel like you’re working for nothing and there is no worse feeling.’
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: ‘An offender forced entry into the shop. A fruit machine was damaged and money was taken along with a number of other items.’
Anyone with any information about the burglary is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident number 121 of May 12.