Garden centre security consultant warns over thefts

Yankee Candle thefts need special security says GCS (GB) managing director Jeremy Davies in wake of latest incident.

Sunnydale Garden Centre in Croesyceiliog in Cwmbran was targeted between 12.10am and 4.20am on March 31. Items stolen included candles, candle lamp shades and air fresheners. Candles are half of the garden centre gift sales.

The thieves broke through a metal wall to get access to the garden centre and so did not set off the alarm.

GCS (GB) Managing Director Jeremy Davies said: "Due to their huge consumer popularity, premium brand candles remain a targeted product category for both petty thieves and professional criminals alike. It is therefore important for business owners to add security to their weekly agenda. Retailers can find guidance and support how to prevent burglary and customer theft at or call GCS on 01892 300878."

Anyone with information relating to the incident, or who is offered any discounted Yankee candles, is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 120 31/3/15.

Meanwhile, on 7 April, a conman who pretended to work for Dobbies Garden Centre in Southport followed an 87-year-old woman home and demanded cash.

The pensioner was followed home and then approached as she parked her car. The man told her he was the shop manager, and that she owed £200.

The pensioner called out to a neighbour and he drove off.

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