Since the beginning of the second lockdown, one local business has gone to extreme measures to protect their Queen Street location.
Vintage Games and Junque, located in the 100 block of Queen Street, heard three businesses nearby were broken into within an hour earlier this month.
It was a sort of a last straw for owners Michael Turcotte and Beth Davison. They came up with a plan to hopefully keep their business safe.
Turcotte noted, it is not the fault of the police for the break-ins but traffic on their part of Queen dies down significantly at night, allowing for a criminal element to take over.
“With the lack of traffic, it allows these people kind of a cloak, so to speak, to do whatever they want.” said Turcotte. “I know the first night on lockdown, there were three business break ins and it just seems to be progressively worse.”
They are now dedicated to protecting their shop 24-7.
“Basically, what we’re doing is coming here from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for curbside pickup for orders, which is our livelihood of course. Then we go home and eat and hang out for about an hour, then go to sleep till about 11 as the buses run until 11:30, so it’s pretty safe.” said Turcotte.
“You know, we come down here around 11:30 p.m., we stay till about seven in the morning till cars start coming out, and you know we really have no life. We’ve done it every night since the new lockdown.”
They don’t just sit in the shop, they go out and drive the neighbourhood. They know they can’t do much more to protect other businesses, but they hope it is giving people a pause before they might try to break in.
Turcotte had a message for those who are trying to break in, it’s a piece of advice.
“If anything I could really say is, you know, anyone who is having tough times and is resorting to any sort of criminal activity to fund to eat or whatever they’re funding, that’s not my business,” said Turcotte. “Just try to take advantage of resources because really, at the end of the day, we’re all trying to eat.”
You will be able to see the full interview with Davison and Turcotte on Between the Lines which airs January 21 at 7 p.m. on ONNTV.