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A LIQUOR store owner brutally beaten by robbers earlier this year has found a way to keep his store open at night without risking his safety.
The man, who did not want to be named, had a small window built into the Three Kings Liquor Store’s barred security door.
Customers are served through the door at night, or if suspicious people are seen hanging around outside.
“I feel better,” the owner says.
Three men have been arrested for the May attack, which left the owner and his son with serious injuries.
After the incident, he started closing the store early, which cost him money.
He’s now staying open until 11pm and serving through the window.
His son still works at the store part time and uses the new security measure.
“I would ring at 9pm to see what’s happening but now I know he shuts the door and uses the window.”
He has also had positive feedback from customers.
Other liquor stores have not taken such stringent measures.
Kingsland Liquor Centre owner Sanjay Jamnadas says their doors are “wide open” while the store is serving.
“We are next to a service station that is 24 hours, so we don’t really have an issue of being in a darkened corner.”
Dominion Wines and Spirits worker Vanisa Narayan says the shop also keeps its doors open until 11pm.
She hadn’t heard of any liquor stores having security windows.
Mt Roskill community constable Graeme Bruges says it’s a reasonable option for staff safety and has already been adopted by service stations.
He is working with business owners in Three Kings to improve safety and the shopping environment.
“We’ve got discussions going on about what they would like to see to make the precinct safer and a more attractive shopping area.”
One of the first steps is to set up a system where the businesses communicate with each other by email and get to know one another.
At a recent Mt Roskill Community Board meeting, board member constable Nigel Turnbull said he had been in early discussions with groups like the Pacific Wardens, Neighbourhood Support and Housing New Zealand about setting up a community centre.
“It would be a place where people could use the facilities for community patrols and get-togethers for people who feel anxious about going to the police stations to deal with issues.”
Safety first: The Three Kings Liquor Store can now stay open at night and serve customers through this security window.