In light of the rash of robberies at Manitoba Liquor Marts, new tactics have been introduced by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries – designed in consultation with Winnipeg police – to enhance security at the stores.

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The crown corporation announced Thursday a new mobile team of trained loss prevention officers will work with existing security teams. They’ll be stationed at Liquor Marts during peak periods, or at stores that have experienced a spike in thefts.

Members of this new team will be be able to make citizen’s arrests and turn suspects over to police.

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Liquor Marts will continue periodic use of special duty constables from the Winnipeg Police Service, saying their presence at some Liquor Mart stores earlier this year acted as a visible deterrent, as well as making staff feel more comfortable.

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“Individuals who take alcohol products without paying have become increasingly brazen and unpredictable when confronted, and the measures we’re taking address this shift,” said Liquor and Lotteries CEO Peter Hak.

“We want our customers and our employees to know that we take their safety seriously and we also want to send the message that if you steal from a Liquor Mart, you will be caught.”

In addition to security staff changes, there will be new protocols for customers. A “no-bag” policy means customers may be asked to check their bags with security when entering a Liquor Mart.

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Customers may also be asked to show government-issued photo ID to a security guard at the door before entering a Liquor Mart – a tactic similar to to that used in Manitoba’s cannabis stores.

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Some Liquor Marts will increase the security for products on the shelves as well, using bottle locks, dummy bottles, alarms, and lockable shelf cases for frequently-targeted items.

There’s also a new public information campaign in the works, which will include sharing information about security measures and ongoing arrests, plus new signs, posters, and online messages.

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Bag checks, bottle locks among new measures to combat Liquor Mart robberies



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