A recent burglary attempt on a cannabis facility in Colorado failed because of the facility’s investment in Trident, Securitech’s premier multipoint lock. Armed with tools and a heavy-duty pickup, the would-be burglars used their truck to ram the facility’s door several times to no avail. The attempt, caught on video, showed that although the door was damaged, the Trident lock stayed secured and in place, which prevented entry.
This attempt comes on the heels of news that burglaries of retail facilities, and specifically cannabis facilities, are on the rise. According to the National Retail Federation’s Survey on Organized Retail Crime, 75% of large and midsize retail companies say burglary and robbery activity had increased in the past year, up from 68% last year. A number of recent burglaries in cannabis retail facilities in particular have been recorded in California, Oregon and Colorado. In the past year, more than 120 burglaries at dispensaries occurred in Portland, Oregon, alone.
With many states legalizing marijuana, the security of dispensaries is becoming a primary concern for the cannabis industry. Dispensaries are in a unique position. They not only possess high-value goods, but these goods are also highly flammable. In addition, the safety and security of employees and customers must be factored in, as well. This makes the necessity for code-compliant and time-proven security solutions even more vital.
“The legal cannabis industry is expanding in the U.S.,” says Securitech CEO Mark J. Berger, FDHI. “But as more dispensaries open, they become targets for burglars, who may see them as underprepared for break-ins. Simply put, standard commercial locks are just not strong enough to hold up to these kinds of attacks. Growth must come with knowledgeable security if these locations are going to ensure the safety of their occupants and reduce loss.”
To this end, Securitech has adapted its series of code-compliant locking systems for the cannabis and retail industry. For example, the Trident, with its self-locking multipoint deadbolt system, secures the door to the frame at five different points. New multipoint models designed for high-traffic entrances used by staff and the public alike, such as the AutoBolt MAX, provide maximum protection against break-ins yet can be operated through a simple low‐pressure movement to unlock.
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