If you run a marijuana business such as a dispensary or collective, or any other Cannabis- focused retail business, you may be a target for criminal activity – ranging from burglary to “smash and grabs” or even violent hold-ups.
Unfortunately, as marijuana becomes legal for recreational and medicinal purposes across the nation, these kinds of risks are only increasing. Criminals are beginning to realize that marijuana businesses are an ideal target for theft, due to relatively lax security and the high value of Cannabis products.
To protect your business and your employees, it’s a good idea to hire a uniformed security Officer for your marijuana business. At First Security Services, we offer both armed and unarmed uniformed guards who can help deter crime at your business.
You can learn more about how we can help you address the security threats to marijuana businesses below, or contact us for a consultation for more information.
There are a few reasons that marijuana businesses are becoming targeted by criminals. First, there is the nature of the business. Thanks to difficult regulatory hurdles, most Cannabis businesses must operate on an all-cash model.
This means that, compared to other retail stores, most marijuana businesses have quite a bit of cash on hand at all times. Even if you send your cash to a secure facility at the end of a business day or have it secured in a time-locked safe, criminals may still see your business as a target.
Additionally, Cannabis products are very easy to steal and resell, and are very valuable, without being bulky or hard to carry. This is why one of the most common types of theft at dispensaries is as “smash and grab.” Criminals break into the facility, steal as much product as they can, and leave within minutes – often without even bothering to steal cash.
Finally, criminals know that most marijuana businesses have more product to sell than they have on display. If they perform an armed robbery, they could make out with a lot of money, and a lot of easy-to-sell Cannabis products. If criminals are willing to rob businesses like liquor stores and convenience stores – often for just a few hundred dollars – it’s safe to assume that marijuana businesses are also likely to be targeted.
For all of these reasons, you can’t leave your security up to chance, or depend on local law enforcement to respond quickly enough to protect your employees or staff during a potentially dangerous situation. You need professional protection from a company like First Security services.
A uniformed security Officer is one of the best ways that you can deter criminal activity at your dispensary or other marijuana business, and make your customers feel safe. The mere presence of an Officer helps discourage crime, and makes your marijuana business a less appealing target for criminals.
At First Security Services, we provide experienced, highly-qualified security Officers, and most of our personnel have experience in the military or law enforcement, enabling them to be highly- effective at threat detection and safeguarding your facility.
Our security Officers can monitor all guests and customers in your store, looking for potentially suspicious behavior, and ensure that all potential points of entrance and exit from your store are closely monitored.