“DESPERATE times” have led a Spalding gaming shop to close for a week to improve security.
Game Link owner Martin Murphy took the decision to shut his shop and install CCTV cameras after being repeatedly targeted by thieves.
Last week he lost about £100 worth of games and consoles from the Holbeach Road shop, while last month someone tried to take an X-box console from out of the window.
His windows have been smashed and someone even filed through the metal bars covering the windows.
Mr Murphy said: “At first I wasn’t aware of what was going on, then a man came in to trade some games which were quite rare.
“I thought nothing of it until I went to look at my own to discover they were missing. That had made me wary then the same day I sold a game online and went to get it off the shelf and it had already been stolen.”
Mr Murphy says thieves have also taken a Nintendo DS console out of a glass cabinet.
The new security measures mean cameras will be watching from both inside and out.
“This has destroyed me emotionally,” said Mr Murphy. “It’s horrible when I have worked so hard to make money and I try to get on with everyone to find things are going missing.
“It gets you down.”
Mr Murphy set up the shop about 15 months ago and he has since attracted customers from as far as Bournemouth and Newcastle.
He said: “I think we have become one of the most known retro shops in the country in just over a year.
“I’ve made a big effort to promote the shop on You Tube and social networking sites.”
It is hoped the Game Link will be open for business again tomorrow.
Mr Murphy is hoping to hold a number of gaming events throughout the school summer holidays.