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Thefts by bottle bandits have dropped big time at MB liquor stores

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: November 24, 2021 09:30

Liquor and Lotteries says controlled entrances are working to curb robberies

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In the two years since controlled entrances were installed in Brandon liqour stores, and across the rest of Manitoba, thefts have dropped big time.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries (MBLL) says in September 2019, there were 1,815 thefts from all 63 Liquor Marts in the province, along with 36 robberies, followed by 1,686 thefts and 33 robberies in October 2019. 

Two years later, with new security measures requiring photo I-D and staggered entry, thefts dropped to 62 in September 2021 and were at 66 in October 2021. One robbery was reported in October 2021.

MBLL says the new measures have made both customers and staff feel safer. 

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