City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn says installing roller doors on his property is a “sad step” he might have to take after his home was burgled for the second time in six months on the weekend. Mr Van Styn said he was enjoying his birthday celebrations with friends on Saturday when his house was a target of a burglary for the second time this year. He said the suspects forcibly destroyed his windows while he was out of the house attending a birthday lunch. It is alleged those responsible stole a 10-year-old mountain bike worth $4000 at the time of purchase, a $50 note and an ornamental medieval sword. Mr Van Styn said it was common to see break-ins around the area since an influx of rough sleepers were using the Batavia Motor Inne as a base, which is next door to the mayor’s property. “It’s disappointing that this has happened again in an area where for 12 years it had no problems,” he said. Mr Van Styn said neighbours were in talks about their concerns, particularly about people moving around the area during the day and night. The mayor said his CCTV cameras were not in operation at the time, and he was considering installing increased security protection around the home but hoped he wouldn’t have to result in that action. “Hopefully it doesn’t mean we have to follow the sad steps that (cafe) Flow Vitality had to make by installing shutters and roller doors around their property to protect the building,” he said. Mr Van Styn said he had replaced the windows since the break-in. Geraldton police officer-in-charge Sen Sgt Chris Martin said police believe the suspects were juveniles, as a small hand would need to fit through the glass. “The offenders in this case have used a tool to break the glass and slide the window with an old latch,” he said. Sen. Sgt Martin said it was difficult for police to conduct forensic analysis because of heavy rain and cleaning around the area prior to police arrival.