Calgary cannabis store owners step up security following violent thefts – Calgary



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Some Calgary cannabis store owners are stepping up security measures after being targeted by thieves.

Lake City Cannabis was broken into in September, apparently by three men who said they were armed.

“They entered the store just five minutes before it closed,” owner Ryan Roch told Global News.

“An individual jumped the counter onto our staff and immediately arrested him. “

Roch said the other two then broke the locks on some storefronts, stealing the product inside.

“We think they took about $ 9,000 worth of product,” he said. “Fortunately, they weren’t able to make any money.”

“It was very, very horrible for our team and everyone involved in it.”

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There has been an increase in thefts from cannabis stores in Calgary. There have been 19 so far in 2021. Police said it was at least double the number reported in 2020.

In some cases, stores have been repeatedly targeted and thieves have brandished weapons.

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Police added that, like drugstore thefts, thefts from cannabis stores are generally violent.

“It’s an aggressive style takeover,” the acting detective said. Anthony Thompson said. “They don’t just come in and meander. They rush, they rush, they jump over the counter.

Police also said it was quite difficult to find the culprits of the theft due to the fact that everyone was masked.

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Thompson said store owners might want to adopt a “controlled entry entrance.”

“Leave the door locked, let them (the customers) ring the bell,” he advised. “Have them take off their masks, show some ID at the door, then let them in.”


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Roch worked with the police to tighten security in his store.

He also called on the government and industry regulators to improve visibility and safety in cannabis stores, especially when it comes to storefronts. Right now, most have an opaque coating on them.

Roch would like that to change for something else.

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“Anything that would help increase visibility in the store,” he added. “So that anyone outside can see inside and of course our staff can see outside and be better prepared for what (who) comes in. “

Alberta Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis (AGLC) told Global News that it does not require retailers to cover their exterior windows, but federal cannabis law prohibits the display of cannabis or cannabis accessories where a youngster can see them.

AGLC said retailers have other options to keep products out of sight while complying with the legislation.

Roch said those other options would require a massive overhaul, for which he has no money, especially as he is recovering from this latest loss.

“We’re just a little independent mom and pop boutique. We don’t have a lot of money. We are running as lean as possible, ”he said. “It really hurts.”


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