May 10th, 2019
In previous posts, we’ve covered a few ideas on how you can improve your safety at your dispensary and whether you should get a security company involved at your worksite. These posts have been popular with our customers, and since the cannabis industry has been blossoming in recent years, we thought it prudent to continue to offer more security strategies for growers and sellers in Trenton and beyond.
Commit To Continuous Production
Some cannabis growing operations only produce large batches once or twice a year. While this might work in the short-term as it can keep costs down, in the long-term, it could be causing security concerns. When you have a year-round production cycle, you’re holding onto the same employees. Once they’ve been vetted and hired, you can rely on them to keep an eye on your product, limiting employee theft. That’s because you’re not hiring a new group of employees every time you start a new crop.
Make Identification A Priority
For those employed in the cannabis industry, this is already a reality. Employees may have to get a state-issued license or ID to work in a dispensary. Make sure your employees are wearing these every day at work all through their shift. By having them clearly displayed, you can quickly recognize if someone doesn’t belong by the counter. You can do the same for your customers by checking their IDs and med cards at the door. This not only ensures that no one underage or without their med cards makes it into the dispensary, but it also helps you to keep a record of who’s coming and going should there be a robbery or security concern.
Offer Your Employees Ways To Report Theft
The majority of your employees are honest and trustworthy and are just as concerned about shrinkage and employee theft as you are. But some might not feel comfortable reporting internal theft for fear of reprisals. Create an anonymous system that allows employees to submit their concerns about other employee activity.
Partner With A Security Company
A security company can be a great asset in helping our dispensary grow and achieve financial success. However, don’t hire just any company. Look for security companies who have a background in medical marijuana protection. They’ll be aware of the nuances and compliance concerns of the industry and will be aware of the unique security threats your dispensary faces. This means less time bringing your security guards up to speed and more time protecting your products, employees, and customers.
Focus On Protecting Your High-Value Assets
For many, they might think that their most valuable assets would be the cannabis plants themselves. In reality, it’s likely the finished products you have on-site. These are easier to steal. Focus your security efforts on these assets, but don’t skimp on your plants either.
Trenton’s Choice For Medical Marijuana Security
Whether you grow, sell, or transport medical marijuana, Tactical Response Security can make your work safer and more efficient. Contact our security experts to see how our unarmed security teams can help your business grow.