“We are very concerned and feel we need more protection in the area.
“We haven’t opened up since the September weekend.
“This affects the whole community. People really need their Credit Union because it’s not always possible to get to the main office, especially at this time of the year with Christmas coming up.”
The union has been going for almost two decades, and Rona reckons Halfway has gone downhill in the that time.
She says other businesses, some of which have been in Halfway for decades, are packing up and leaving after the spate of incidents.
Several businesses have been targeted, one elderly shopkeeper was attacked at knife-point as he opened up and last week Flemington Hallside Church was ransacked.
Two 15-year-olds have already been reported to the Children’s Reporter in connection with the theft of two tills from shops.
One of the shops, the Lifestyle on Hamilton Road, has already shut down and there are rumours a shopkeeper had been threatened by a gang of youths, although police said they had no record of any incident.
Rona said: “The place is becoming a jungle. Halfway used to be a lovely wee village but now no-one wants to even pass through it.”
A spokesperson for Rutherglen Police said the break-in happened between noon on Wednesday, September 18 and 5pm on the 20th after entry had been gained by forcing the back door open.
The spokesperson said enquiries currently ongoing particularly in relation to forensic evidence obtained at the scene. Anyone with information should contact Rutherglen Police on 0141 532 5200 or Crimestoppers free and confidentially on 0800 555 111.