Fed-up business owners are calling for CCTV cameras to be installed in Goldthorpe town centre following a spate of burglaries and vandalism attacks.
Shopkeepers hit out after thieves struck at three stores in one night on Doncaster Road leaving them thousands of pounds out of pocket.
Their prayers for better surveillance appeared to have been answered this week after police vowed to install cameras on the road in the coming weeks.
Michael Bull, 51, owner of the Butterfly Cafe, which was burgled in the latest crime wave, said: “We are getting really sick of it and want some action taking to at least put these people off targeting us.
“It happens all too often. This is the second time mine has been done in the last 18 months.
“It is costing me and other businesses a lot of money every time we get hit.”
He added: “There used to be CCTV cameras up on Doncaster Road but a few months ago they disappeared.
“Everyone who I have spoken to said they want them back. I can’t understand why they would have been taken away anyway when we are dealing with all of these incidents.”
Burglars got away with a tin containing more than £700, a three foot high fridge and food, while the alarm system was also dismantled.
They also stole a safe containing £500 from frozen food shop Jack Fulton, and made off with £200 and the CCTV control box at King’s Fried Chicken takeaway on April 25.
Mick Allen, a manager at Jack Fulton, said: “CCTV cameras would be a great idea.
“Hopefully it will help to stop these thieves targeting us.”
A worker at King’s Fried Chicken, who asked not to be identified, said: “They caused a right mess.
“There was sauce packets all over the shop, it looked like they had a food fight.
“CCTV to the front and at the back of the shops might put an end to all the trouble we have had.
“Everyone is getting fed up of it.
“We want serious action taking.
“Nobody can keep paying out for things like this.
“Especially when the economy is like it is.”