Praising the alarm
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.