Businessman Robert Hamaty says crime is an additional and unneeded tax on his business.
Mr. Hamaty’s Tortuga Liquor store in Pasadora Place was robbed earlier this month. During the robbery two thieves, one armed with a gun and another with a machete, forced employees into the back of the store and cleaned out the safe.
He says apart from the money and property stolen during the robberies, there is also an additional cost for further protection. Mr. Hamaty says over the years he has implemented thousands of dollars worth of security measures at his stores, mainly to help keep his staff at ease.
“It’s very costly, especially security. To have a security guard gives the girls extra comfort, but you’re paying an hourly rate that you weren’t paying before,” said Mr. Hamaty.
Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact the police on 949-2222.