A local hair salon owner who’s had over 30 items of stock stolen from her is warning other small business owners in the area to be wary of criminals.
Airsalon in Apsley was burgled in the early morning of Monday, February 3, much to the dismay of owner Leanne Fisk and other staff.
The unisex salon, which holds premium electrical items, had 33 items of stock stolen that night – including professional brand GHD straighteners and hairdryers, a sum of cash, a laptop, hairdressing scissors and a personal bag that was received as a present from the owner’s niece.
Leanne, who said the burglary has left her feeling on edge, is now warning other small businesses in Apsley to be vigilant of crime such as this.
She said: “I’ve spoken to various other salons and told them to be careful. I’ve made sure to put it on all of our social media sites, such as Facebook, so that hopefully people read it and are aware of the dangers out there.
“It does make you weary about holding any electrical stock anymore. I don’t think any other hair salons near me hold any. The salon on the same road as Airsalon was broken into the end of last year and Boxmoor Barbers, also in Apsley, was targeted at the end of January.
“I think businesses should be more vigilant. I’m a small business owner and the insurance has been a massive inconvenience. The people who have done this to my shop won’t care about the damages or costs I’ve had to cover because they don’t have the mentality to, because they are capable of such a crime.”
Hertfordshire Police are currently investigating the burglary at the hair salon on London Road.
The incident is said to have occurred around 2am on the Monday morning. Entry was made to the property by smashing part of the front door.
Before the theft took place, the salon’s social media page on Facebook promoted new stock of GHD hairdryers that were coming to the salon, to which the owner said she was suspicious if this had an impact on her being targeted.
The police were filled in on this piece of information, but they were under the belief it was more likely that someone who walked past and had seen the GHD advertisements in the window of the store.
No arrests or leads have yet been made in this crime as there were no witnesses due to the time of the event. An alarm system has since been fitted in the establishment.
Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to contact the Hertfordshire police quoting crime reference 41/10240/20.