If you are the manager or owner of a package store or a grocer that sells wine and liquor, it may be time to start looking into investing in bottle security. The “business” of trafficking stolen liquor and other spirits is growing exponentially and the problem is not going away any time soon. There are cases blown open every day and even more under investigation as we speak. Organized theft rings are casing new locations all the time and unfortunately if you don’t employ some type of liquor bottle security, you are likely going to be a future victim. Will they break in overnight and wipe out all your shelves, or will they come in when you’re open and sneak out your front door with your staff standing there completely unaware? The good thing is if they come in your store and see that you have your valuable inventory protected with Bottle Locks they will be more likely to turn around and leave. Attempting to remove Bottle Locks is futile. It’s more trouble than it’s worth, and the bottle itself will probably shatter before the lock will break!
If you still aren’t convinced you need bottle security, let me tell you about a case I read about tonight. A city police department was getting call after call on a consistent basis about stolen liquor. Package stores, warehouse stores, and grocers were all getting hit, and it was always top shelf brands. The detectives start looking into the crimes and discover an organized ring of thieves. The department gathered a lot intelligence and started building their case. But the key was to find the one that gave the orders. That’s when they set up a sting with one of the thieves turning into an informant. They got with loss prevention from some of the area stores and got cases of high retail liquor they could use for bait. When the informant got the call he took the bottles provided by the detectives and met the buyer. Well, it turned out to be the local florist, and he was paying the thief pennies on the dollar for each bottle. He would mingle around at weddings he was providing flowers for and get chummy with the next couple getting married. He would then let them know he could give them a great deal on an open bar. Then he called his thieves and gave them their “shopping lists”. Any time there was an impending wedding, a crime spree would start. Now that florist is sitting in jail wishing he had just stuck to selling corsages and bouquets.
There are rogue club owners out there that balk at buying from the legal alcohol wholesaler. There are managers of small restaurants that want to sell liquor by the drink, but don’t want to bother with the hassle of getting an alcohol license. There are people out there that are willing to steal for any of these guys. It’s all pure profit because they have nothing invested in it in the first place. One of the best things you can do to keep your business from being victimized by one of these theft rings is to add some form of bottle security measures. One thing you can count on: if a theft ring arrives to clean off your shelves, they will be deterred by the presence of Bottle Locks. They send a clear message that your business is serious about keeping your valuable inventory safe.
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