Independent jewellery retailer John Gowing is calling for better security in the historic Covered Market following a smash-and-grab raid.
The eponymous store owner John Gowing, who has been trading in the market for almost 50 years, says the time has come for updated security.
One evening in December thieves broke through shutters and smashed windows before taking several rings. This followed an incident in July where a Rolex watch was taken.
Gowing is now asking the city council, as landlord of the market, to install additional CCTV.
Gowing tells local newspaper The Oxford Times: “We have upgraded our CCTV system and alarm system and a number of traders also have their own CCTV.
“But the council has not provided its own system and it would be great if the council could provide a system to cover the whole of the market – it would provide extra coverage and peace of mind for traders.”
He added that gates at the entrances to the market were locked each night and were well secured.
Despite the year just beginning, raids on jewellery stores have been reported up and down the country.