Vancouver restaurant owner targeted four times last year, warns small businesses – BC |

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Since opening just over a year ago, Zarak by Afghan Kitchen Mount Pleasant has been targeted more than four times.

The latest incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday. Surveillance cameras caught the thief locking the front door at 3 a.m., then taking the cash register out of the wall.

“He checks the neighborhood, makes sure no one’s around, he’s in and out in 30 seconds,” said co-owner Haseeb Sarwari after the restaurant posted the video on social media. takes hold.”

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Back in June, during the height of the brunch rush someone barged in and grabbed the restaurant’s employees.

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“It was really, really scary. A gentleman was walking in, saying, ‘Give me all your money.’ And he went so far as to say, ‘If I don’t give you the money, I’ll kill you guys.’ And we had a full restaurant.

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Vancouver police say they are aware of both incidents and acknowledge similar break-ins and vandalism are affecting businesses already struggling in and around the downtown core.

“It’s definitely an ongoing problem. It’s something we’re seeing all over the city. Whether it’s broken glass on store fronts, or actual breaking and entering,” Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin said.

“We are focusing on talking to people in the community that they are no longer reporting them to the police. They are not even reporting them to their insurance companies as it is just a burden for them. So, a lot of these small businesses are eating out of pocket.”

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Sarwari agrees, adding that filing a police report adds extra work to a small business owner’s already long and busy day.

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Earlier this month, luxury clothing store Citylux Boutique was targeted by miscreants for the second time in recent months. They broke the glass, but could not get inside. However, the turnover is thousands of dollars.

“It was really frustrating. Because I know what it means, because it’s happened to us before,” manager Kim Nguyen told Global News at the time.

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It’s a similar story at a nearby butcher shop, Sebastian & Co. The owner is frustrated by several break-ins and thefts in just a few weeks.

“It seems like people are caught and then released, and then there are no consequences. So mainly what I’m thinking about is there is no fear,” said Sebastian Cortez.

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Sarvari says the latest incident didn’t cost him much cash, but it likely cost more than $1,000 to replace the locks, buy a new register, and connect it to his system.

He doesn’t think his business is being specifically targeted, and he sympathizes with those who feel the need to resort to crime, but also hopes the burglaries will stop.

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“We just wanted to bring awareness that this can happen to anyone at any time. We just wanted everyone to be safe and just look at their safety process and procedures.”

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