Geelong hairdoist Tony Raffes says the “safety” of his ‘safety’ salon in Geelong is important to him and he would not go out at night without a safety mask.
“I would be pretty uncomfortable in the dark, especially with kids,” Mr Raffs told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Sunrise.
He says he was at his home in Geymoor in May this year when he was attacked and robbed by a man wearing a mask.
“I’m a very good dad, I know my kids,” he said.
Mr Raffers family live in Geylang.
“It’s not just the kids that I’m concerned about, it’s everyone around me,” he told Sunrise.
Mr Riffens salon, which is also a safe-sex education centre, has been closed for two months and he has had a police escort escort. “
There is a lot of concern that there is a growing trend of young people wearing masks, so when I’m out with them they should be able to wear whatever they want to, and they can be as safe as they want.”
Mr Riffens salon, which is also a safe-sex education centre, has been closed for two months and he has had a police escort escort.
But he has not gone out in the night without his mask, which he says is a safety precaution.
“If they had a mask, they would not be going out at all,” he explained.
The ABC contacted the owner of Geelong’s Mr Riffes Hair and Beauty Centre, who did not respond to requests for comment.
In April, Victoria Police said it was investigating an incident at the salon, and had been referred the incident to the Serious Crime Command.
It is understood the man who assaulted Mr Riffs family had allegedly been drinking alcohol and was known to the police.
Police also warned of an increase in crime in Geyser over the past 12 months, and warned people not to walk alone at night.
Geelong police have been asked to investigate the attack.
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