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By NADINE FISHER
TWO Cabarita business owners have different views on the area after a spate of break-ins affected both early yesterday morning.
Noddy's Bakery owner Greg James said although he had been broken into eight or nine times he did not think the village had a crime problem.
However, physiotherapist Michael Geraghty believed the problem was growing in the village and they needed a police presence, particularly on weekends.
Noddy's Bakery, Cabarita Beach Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre and Tweed Coast Community Baptist Church were all broken into, however thieves didn't get past the doors at the bakery and only got some loose change at the physiotherapist's.
Mr James said the culprits were unable to gain access to his store due to the security measures he has taken. "We've been broken into eight or nine times in the last seven years and I now put chains around the doors, have security cameras going and a security system," he said. "This time they jimmied the door but couldn't get past the chains."
Mr James said he believed most of the break-ins were by kids and peaked during holiday periods like Christmas.
"I don't think it's locals. And I think it's more the parents' fault - they should be more aware of where their kids are," he said.
"We've had windows and doors smashed and once a big window pane jimmied out with screwdrivers, but often they just get cookies or cakes."
Mr James said prevention was the only way to stop the break-ins.
Cabarita Beach Physiotherapist Michael Geraghty said this was the first time he had been broken into in seven years and he was disappointed.
"It's annoying, you trust people and then something like this happens," he said.
"There's a big problem in the area with a lot of break-ins occurring on the weekends.
"If the police were down here more often it would help, particularly with the development going on in the area."
Kingscliff police said the break-ins had occurred between 11pm and 5am. The offenders got away with an amount of cash and police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Kingscliff Police on (02) 6674 9399 or Tweed Police on 5536 0999.