BURGLARY victims have said break-in levels in Wrexham are getting out of hand after new figures showed a rise of almost 100 in just one year.
A Freedom of Information Act request submitted by the Leader revealed incidents of burglary have risen from 763 in the first six months of 2012 to 861 in the first six months of this year.
Figures for the second half of 2012 show a steady increase, with 798 incidents recorded between July and December.
The incidents include house burglaries, attempted house burglaries, distraction burglaries in homes, aggravated burglaries in homes, burglaries in a building other than a dwelling and attempted burglary in a building other than a dwelling.
Simon Hall, who owns The Bike & Second Hand Shed in Penybryn, which was burgled overnight in February, said he now goes to bed every night in fear of his shop being hit again.
Mr Hall, 41, said: “I’m very concerned about the burglary situation in the town.
“Every day I am just wondering is the shop going to get broken into overnight? It is ridiculous.
“We are one of the worst places in Wales for bike thefts and you have to wonder when it is going to stop.”
Mr Hall had about £500 worth of bikes stolen and after repair costs the raid ended up costing him a total of about £1,000, something which nearly brought his business to its knees.
He said: “The shop is my livelihood and that burglary was devastating.
“We hadn’t had a great Christmas period and it was the last thing we needed. It really made me wonder whether it was worth having a shop in the town at all.”
He added that he wanted to see more police out on the street but said he understood the police were under strain with limited resources and are doing the best they can.
Keen cyclist Jon Walsh, from Coedpoeth, was devastated after his home was burgled for the third time in a year in May where thieves made of with £13,500 worth of bikes.
In order to get hold of the bikes thieves smashed down the wall of Mr Walsh’s workshop and took the bikes, all out of view of his CCTV system.
Mr Walsh, 27, said: “I am now super paranoid about leaving the house. It is a constant worry that we are going to get done over again.
“This theft completely ruined my summer, it took a long time for the insurance to pay out and I lost a whole summer’s cycling, which is my passion.”
Det Insp Arwyn Jones, from Wrexham CID, said: “Burglary is one of the worst offences for a victim to suffer.
“North Wales Police are committed to the prevention and detection of these offences and work relentlessly in bringing offenders to justice.
“It is also a priority for our partner agencies such as Wrexham Council, the Probation Service and bordering police forces.
“We have recently employed several proactive initiatives resulting in several key offenders being imprisoned and the incidents starting to decrease.”
He added: “If you wish to report anything to North Wales Police, use 999 in an emergency or 101 for all other matters. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”