Prais­ing the alarm

The Compass - - OPINION -

If you’re a small busi­ness owner in the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion, you might want to take a close look at two re­cent break-ins, and how high-tech se­cu­rity mea­sures played a role in the out­comes.

In the first case, a July 20 break-in at Bur­den’s Foodex in Broad Cove, the cul­prits brazenly smashed a large boul­der in through the front win­dow and made off with thou­sands of dol­lars in to­bacco prod­ucts and a quan­tity of lot­tery scratch tick­ets. The own­ers were left to pick up the pieces and count their losses, and those re­spon­si­ble got away.

In the sec­ond in­ci­dent on July 27, again dur­ing the early morn­ing hours, thieves struck an­other busi­ness just a short walk away — J&L Con­ve­nience and Gas Bar in Small Point. But this time, po­lice were quick to the scene and nabbed the four ac­cused be­fore they could make a clean get­away.

Both in­ci­dents were very sim­i­lar, and po­lice have since linked one of the four ac­cused in the J&L breakin to both crimes.

The dif­fer­ence? Se­cu­rity. The own­ers of Bur­den’s sim­ply locked their doors at night and went home, trust­ing that their busi­ness would not draw any un­wanted at­ten­tion. It worked for 26 years, so why would they do any dif­fer­ent?

At J& L Con­ve­nience, how­ever, the owner had in­vested heav­ily into se­cu­rity sirens and dig­i­tal cam­eras that are linked to a se­cu­rity firm on the main­land. So the very in­stant these four thieves pen­e­trated the build­ing, the siren sounded and those mon­i­tor­ing the busi­ness were on the phone to the RCMP.

It also helped that there’s only two ways out of the area, so po­lice re­spond­ing to the scene at such an early hour knew that any ve­hi­cle on the road was a pos­si­ble sus­pect in the crime. And sure enough, the four sus­pects were ar­rested with enough ev­i­dence on them to al­most as­sure a con­vic­tion.

So the mes­sage seems to be clear, at least in this case, that pro­tect­ing your busi­ness is a worth­while in­vest­ment. The Bur­dens have learned this les­son, and plan to take se­cu­rity more se­ri­ously in the fu­ture.

It’s ob­vi­ous that the days of go­ing to bed at night and not lock­ing your doors are long be­hind us. So, too, it seems are the days of cross­ing your fin­gers and hop­ing your busi­ness is not tar­get­ted by thieves.

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