Dicker Data had a lucky escape over the weekend when burglars were disturbed after breaking into its new warehouse.
The thieves had lined up hundreds of HP and Toshiba laptops on pallets but indications suggest they escaped with very little. Managing director, David Dicker, estimated the loss at about a dozen machines.
The break-in happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. The alarm was raised when he tried to access his email from New Zealand and reported the problem to security. Upon investigation, the thieves had cut phone lines.
"We got off pretty lightly all things considered because the loss wasn't significant," Dicker said. "It's been a lucky break and we will redouble our effort to make sure it doesn't happen again. Unfortunately, burglary is a fact of life in the computer industry."
Police were called to another incident at a desalination plant being built nearby. It is thought this is when burglars fled the scene. They had broken in through an empty factory next door.
Dicker Data only moved into its new 1760sqm warehouse in the Sydney suburb of Kurnell two weeks ago. The relocation increased its warehouse capacity by about 50 per cent but the distributor is already close to capacity and is considering the addition of an adjacent 1440sqm site.