In July, employees of a Sonoma, California, Bonneau c-store noticed a car returning throughout the day. Chris Bambury, vice president and general manager of Bambury Inc., which runs three Bonneau c-stores, watched on surveillance as the car returned late at night. So, he called the sheriff’s department to come watch.
“About 3 AM, it all came together,” Bambury said. “In minutes, they swapped their license plates, surveyed the business, looking through the window with bandanas covering them up, and then used a small sledgehammer to hit the front door.” But all they got was arrested.
With the combination of surveillance, coordination and a nearly impermeable laminated glass door, which shatters the glass inside of it and triggers an alarm when hit, it was the perfect mix of prevention tactics.
The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) “2019 Security Survey” noted loss prevention professionals reported increases of 44% in budget, 56% in technology and 29% in staffing in 2018. But it’s not just staffing and budgets protecting the tobacco, vape products and ATMs that… CStore Decisions