BALLARAT businesses have come to the rescue of a repeat burglary target, upgrading the not-for-profit organisation’s security systems in the wake of its latest break-in.
In July, Ballarat Regional Industries was burgled for the fourth time in five years. Thieves cut through two fences to access the Wendouree property and stole two trailers and equipment valued at $14,000.
But since then, sympathetic businesses have helped BRI construct a secure compound around its facilities, in an effort to protect landscaping equipment and vehicles.
BRI employs more than 100 people with a disability in various roles.
Chief executive Paul Crosbie said the business upgraded its security after each burglary, but this time a detailed plan was drawn up and, with the assistance of other local businesses, construction of a security compound had begun.
“Sovereign Concrete Products have supplied 12 concrete barriers, each weighing five tonnes,” he said.
“(Yesterday) Barry James Cranes positioned the barriers as the first stage of the project.”
The concrete barriers have been arranged in a quadrangle to prevent the removal of plant and equipment.
“Plus IT are assisting with electronic surveillance and SS Electrics are helping with installation,” Mr Crosbie said. “The entrance to the compound will protected by lockable bollards and the entire area will be electronically secured.”
Following the last burglary, Mr Crosbie said it was disappointing BRI had to go to such security lengths and their insurance premiums were now “through the roof”.