Some special locks designed to prevent theft could soon be coming to an LCBO location near you.
After a pilot project last fall proved to be very successful, the booze retailer has decided to roll out “BottleLox” province-wide.
The clear, plastic caps will be placed over the lids of various brands of alcohol which and can only be removed by staff at the check-out, similar to clothing security tags.
LCBO spokeswoman Genevieve Tomney tells AM980 over $16 million was lost this fiscal year due to theft.
“Obviously, for any retailer theft is an issue, and it’s something that we’re always trying to manage, and also the safety of our employees is a key issue as well, and we want to make sure we’re giving them the best technology and the best tools available,” said Tomney. “Really, this was one of those new technologies that became available that we were able to employ and again, we started in a small way just to test it out, and what we’ve seen is that it’s been really successful in reducing theft from our stores so we are going to expand it now.”
The locks will soon be rolled out at 130 “strategic locations” including southwestern Ontario, but the LCBO won’t be releasing a detailed list. Each store will decide which bottles to attach the locks to.
The locks are manufactured by a U.K.-based company, and are used at many grocers and mini-marts that sell liquor across Europe and in the U.S.