LCBO adding security guards at select locations to combat liquor thefts


TORONTO  The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is ramping up security measures to deter thefts in some of its stores across the province.

A statement from the LCBO says it is increasing the number of security guards at select stores to ensure the safety and security of its staff and customers.

It will also be training employees on how to take “safe actions” during thefts and how to be a credible witness to the crimes.

The LCBO statement also says it will be implementing new “industry-leading” technology, although it has not provided further details on what that technology is.

Last month, the Crown corporation said it increased spending on CCTV technology and other in-store deterrents.
A Canadian flag flies near an under-construction LCBO store in Bowmanville, Ont. on Saturday July 20, 2013. Negotiations between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the union representing its workers will remain a secret ahead of a possible strike that could begin as early as Monday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

The added security comes after Toronto police arrested two suspects believed to have been involved in up to 40 separate thefts from the LCBO in the past three months, resulting in the retail loss of about $92,000.