Halloween has always been a fun way to get free candy! Am I right? It was one of my favorite times of the year while growing up. As I got older, I started to hear and read the horror stories that went along with Halloween. People getting robbed or murdered in their own home, because they opened their doors to what they thought was a simple traditional gesture of handing out candy.
From a security stand point, those worries still concern me. Even more so now that we guard a cash only business. I recommend that every store open on halloween, whether it is a legal marijuana shop or a department store, take extra security measures to prevent from being robbed. Let’s find a way to be festive and secure. I was talking to one of my friends that works for a well-known security company and he told me that he’d seen a few mask-related incidents this Halloween. Luckily he was able to stop the criminals and they had to do their time in jail, but if he wasn’t there to guard the property who knows what might have happened! It’s sad that a handful of people are ruining the fun of Halloween for everyone. It’s supposed to be a fun, exciting time of the year! Not one that is notorious for crime!
As for recreational marijuana retail stores, I recommend you ask your customers to take off their mask or wigs when entering the facility. If they are carrying bags or any other large bags or items, ask to see inside them. It may be intrusive, but assure them it’s for their security and ours. If they refuse to show you inside their bag, then ask them politely to leave their bags in their cars. Again, assure them it’s for their security and yours. Most people will cooperate and completely understand. If you don’t feel comfortable asking customers to do this, you could always consider hiring some store security services. Those guards could attend your store for Halloween, ensuring that they only let safe customers inside the store. That could increase security significantly. Take no chances this Halloween. Let’s have fun and be safe!