A LAUTOKA businessman is considering closing his restaurant because of a series of attacks on his vehicle and eatery.
Pacific Fried Chicken restaurant owner Krishna Chetty said he was disappointed with the series of shop burglaries and car thefts in the city.
Mr Chetty's restaurant was broken-into by thieves on Thursday.
However, he refused to reveal what was stolen as police investigations continued.
"This is not the first time that such an incident has happened to me. My car was once broken into and now my business is being targeted," he said.
"I am thinking of closing my business because I no longer feel safe. I also hope that the police will seriously look into these illegal operations because it could affect business in the city."
West police spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said shop burglaries and car thefts had increased in Lautoka.
She said 25 cases of property burglaries and car thefts were recorded in Lautoka from October 14 to 19, compared to an average of 10 reported cases per week.
Ms Ragigia urged members of the public to co-operate with police by safeguarding their properties.
She said police were concerned with the continuous break-in in the city area and made a special mention on the assistance made by the CCTV cameras.
"Through the CCTV cameras we have managed to identify many suspects," she said.
"Homeowners and business people likewise are advised to inform their neighbours, police and trusted members of the community that their homes or shops are vacant.
"It is essential for members of the community to protect their properties from opportunists."
Ms Ragigia said car owners had been reminded to park their cars at well lit places and to remove valuable items when leaving the cars.