A rash of robberies at Tauranga dairies, service stations and liquor stores the past month have police pursuing leads and business owners tightening security. How are shop owners protecting staff and stock? Is selling what thieves target – tobacco – worth the risk? Bay of Plenty Times Weekend reporter Dawn Picken shows us how locals are bolstering businesses against crime.
Chief executive officer of the New Zealand Security Association Gary Morrison says a store’s layout and signage are important, too. He encourages advertising security measures such as cameras, using bars and grilles to restrict access, and having store owners work together. “…thinking about what they can do in regards to foot patrols. I don’t think that area is utilised as much as it could be…if businesses pool their resources, it’s more cost-effective.”
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