We’ve talked a lot about the concept of opportunistic crime on this blog. This refers to break-ins and robberies that take place because the target is unprotected, low-hanging fruit. They’re mostly random crime that occurs “just because it was there.” This isn’t something you have to worry about if you own a cannabis dispensary or grow facility; you need to worry about a determined intruder, and security doors should be at the forefront of your planning. After all, the intruder will probably try to enter through one of your doors.
Robberies of cannabis dispensaries and production facilities are not random. Any cash-only business that also sells a valuable commodity is going to be a prime target. This is how the threat profile for the cannabis industry differs from the average business.
A forced-entry resistant door can turn your storefront from a point of entry into a line of defense. Shield doors are equally well-suited for front doors as they are for cash rooms, product storage, and product waste rooms. These are designed with determined intruders in mind, and perfect for an at-risk business.
In addition to reinforcing the building itself, security doors are a great way to improve internal security. One of the less discussed threats to dispensaries is internal theft. Since our doors are easily integrated into an existing security system, they’re the perfect way to beef up your access control procedures for your dispensary or grow house. This ensures that only the right people have access to cash or crops at the right times.
An average security plan doesn’t call for anything close to this. It will probably involve monitoring devices such as security cameras and alarm systems. Those are great as part of a comprehensive security plan, but on their own they won’t do any good unless monitored by a human in real time. But even a monitored feed won’t stop a determined intruder. Monitoring devices might suffice for a clothing store, but cannabis facilities have to go beyond surveillance and invest in actual target hardening.
The bottom line is that any facility with significant cash or cannabis should be a hard target, and security doors are one of the most effective ways of hardening a site.
If you’re looking to fortify your cannabis facility, feel free to get in touch, or stop by our booth at MJ Biz Con in Las Vegas from November 14th to 16th.