AFTER more than 20 break-ins in the past 12 months and almost $100,000 worth of damage, manager Geoff Gohdes and his staff at Mitre 10 no longer feel safe.
Mr Gohdes contacted The Morning Bulletin yesterday at his wits end after the Elphinstone St store fell victim again on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
"I've had to hire a security company because I got sick of being called down here all the time in the middle of the night," he said yesterday.
"I want people to be aware of this because it's the businesses who pay the price, not the offenders."
Nearly every glass panel has been smashed, bars have been put on the windows, but still they continued to be broken into, Geoff said.
"Now they're getting in through the roof and climbing down onto the air-con ducts and costing thousands in damages and I don't get a cent back, all for a few tubes of glue (being stolen)," the manager said.
"I have a duty of care for my staff and they don't feel safe here," he said.
Mr Gohdes, who featured in the Rockhampton Fitzroy News almost a year ago to the date for the same reason, said juvenile crime and inhalant abuse had become a growing problem in the city.
"It's become more frequent and it's just so frustrating, it seems like it's become an epidemic or a disease," he said.
With the State election only a few weeks away, candidates for the seat of Rockhampton have expressed their views on crime rates in the city.