With a rash of recent Manitoba Liquor Mart thefts, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MLL) are rolling out enhanced security measures in Winnipeg. Despite thefts being a regular occurrence for local RCMP, there are no plans to bring those enhanced security measures to Flin Flon.
“Right now, we are focused on stemming the very high volume of the thefts in our Winnipeg stores, which is why they are all receiving the controlled entrances,” an MLL spokesperson said in an email.
“We are monitoring for significant changes to the type and frequency of crimes at all stores across the province. If theft patterns in areas outside of Winnipeg show a need for enhanced security, we may consider extending controlled entrances to other locations.”
The first of the controlled entrances was installed in the Tyndall Park liquor store last month after a brutal assault during a theft sent an employee to the hospital.
The enhanced security measures include a consistently locked door and a check-in station before patrons can enter.
“Customers will be required to provide valid photo identification which will be scanned at the security station before entry into the store is permitted,” reads an MLL news release.
“Minors, including small children, are no longer allowed in the Liquor Mart, even if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.”
Thefts from liquor marts have been on the rise in Manitoba, forcing the retailer to take action.
“As a modern retailer, we have tried to balance employee and customer safety with an enjoyable shopping experience,” the news release reads.
“Unfortunately, the brazen thefts that have inundated us over the last 18 months have left us no option but to take these drastic measures.”
Despite no plans to bring the secured entrances outside of the Perimeter highway, MLL said they were devoted to stopping thefts.
“We continue to use the anti-theft measures already in place and work with the RCMP to identify and apprehend the individuals who commit these thefts,” the spokesperson said.
“We remain committed to exploring every option available to us in combating Liquor Mart thefts.”