Within the early hours of Thursday morning on January nineteenth, somebody smashed the big flooring to ceiling entrance window of Journey Clothes in downtown Victoria.
This marks the third occasion of crime that the Yates Road retailer has skilled in its 12 years of existence and Jennifer Robinson, proprietor of Journey Clothes, believes that the most recent incident is a part of a much bigger drawback.
“I acquired an alarm name at 4:40 a.m.,” Robinson advised Victoria Buzz. “They don’t appear to be smashing my home windows to interrupt in or something, they’re simply smashing them out of vandalism.”
“Folks don’t go smashing home windows for nothing.”
Though one in every of two huge home windows was smashed, nobody tried to enter the shop and it seems no makes an attempt to steal any merchandise have been made.
“I’m actually pondering that it’s a part of psychological well being points and I actually want we may get collectively and attempt to foyer our governments to fund psychological well being [initiatives],” Robinson added.
Robinson believes that the shortage of psychological well being assist for weak communities in Victoria is the foundation of the issue in addition to the criminality of the downtown core.
The proprietor of Journey Clothes lamented to Victoria Buzz her place of the state of downtown Victoria and other people’s apprehension to go to and store in sure areas by studying the forwards and backwards she had with a submit made on Fb.
“The Metropolis of Victoria higher take observe earlier than there aren’t any high quality shops left inside the metropolis limits. We have a tendency to not come to the town due to this disgusting scenario. We’ll nonetheless comply with this tremendous institution ought to they determine to maneuver out to safer climes,” stated a Victorian shopper on Journey Clothes’s submit about their window.
Robinson’s response was, “I perceive your issues about downtown, nonetheless I’m going to do every little thing I can to make Victoria and Yates Road safer. I actually imagine in our stunning metropolis and won’t allow them to have it. It belongs to the law-abiding, tax-paying, productive members of our society and our superb vacationers that come from around the globe.”
“That’s my sentiment,” Robinson advised Victoria Buzz.
“Any feedback about downtown saying, ‘I don’t go there anymore; there’s no parking, it’s not protected,’ nicely the extra folks react that method, the extra we’re giving the facility to those folks which can be doing no good.”
“We have to reverse that and preserve it stunning and make it extra protected.”
She and plenty of different Yates Road companies imagine in downtown and need the town to offer extra assist than simply housing to repair a scenario that has no definitive resolution, solely avenues of motion that aren’t being taken.
“It’s not the homeless that’re inflicting these issues,” Robinson stated. “It’s folks that won’t have a house however they’ve additionally acquired psychological well being points which can be undealt with so that they’re offended and aggressive.”
She stated VicPD despatched just one officer who was there when she arrived at her retailer and that they have been lower than useful.
The officer advised her that had Robinson not arrived after theto the decision to come back to her store, Metropolis of Victoria employees could be answerable for cleansing up the mess. Nonetheless, since she confirmed as much as her enterprise, as any accountable enterprise proprietor with the means to would do, she accepted the onus to deal with the scenario herself.
The strata constructing wherein Journey Clothes is located will cowl the price of the window and First Response Glass acquired there inside an hour they usually have been capable of deal with the cleanup and work on the set up of a brand new window.
The damaged window was fully shattered and posed an enormous danger to passersby within the state it was left in. If Robinson or her employees have been to attempt to clear the glass themselves, somebody may have gotten damage.
Many Victorians who noticed the well-known retailers posts on social media gave an outpouring of assist and sentiments of sorrow for this to have occurred, however Robinson stays hopeful and focussed on the positives—nobody was damage and nothing was taken.
“The unfavourable stuff is simply simply swimming in the bathroom,” stated Robinson. “We have to empower ourselves and we have to ensure that our downtown companies are thriving and affluent.”
That is the second occasion of a window being smashed in downtown Victoria within the final month. The final incident being a meticulously deliberate break in and theft of Madrona Gallery in Trounce Alley.