Security and the Cannabis Industry
Recently, the Colorado cannabis and hemp industry have experienced multiple robberies of licensed facilities which include both retail marijuana centers and cultivation facilities across the state, as well as hemp farms. Some cannabis industry employees and experts have speculated that these types of scenarios are most likely an inside job. It is estimated that approximately 85% of grow room and retail marijuana center loss has a direct correlation to, either, a current or past employee of the organization. Particularly, within the grow facilities, it often appears that the perpetrator(s) must have had detailed knowledge of the operation in order to successfully carry out a robbery of such a highly surveillance cultivation facility. We know one thing for sure: all of the risk to personnel and property could have been mitigated if there had been an appropriate safety and security strategy implemented. It is common, that many executive owners of licensed hemp and cannabis facilities seem to have turned a blind eye to the types of scenarios they, as business owners, can unwittingly find themselves in. May this serve as a wake-up call to anyone who owns, operates, or is affiliated any of these types of high-risk businesses. You can put yourself in the risky situation if you don’t seek an expert security consultant on implementing best security practices.
Optimizing security within a cannabis or hemp related facility is based on the very same principles which have been proven to decrease risk at numerous other types of targeted businesses, where it is common knowledge that there are high dollar items being stored. It is absolutely vital that one takes every precaution necessary to secure their hard-earned investments. I have had the opportunity to travel around much of the state of Colorado, to do business with every type of operating facility, and I sometimes feel shocked to witness the lack of security measures at so many of these facilities; which are prime candidates for a robbery. There are people in the world who make their entire living taking advantage of these types of owners and facilities who become much like sitting ducks for professional robbers with crews that do very well at identifying the easiest targets. It seems that there are many cannabis and hemp industry license holders who are far more interested in, and willing, to simply turn away from aggressively resolving an issue. I’ll remind the ownership groups out there that it’s fine to practice pacifism, but a bull doesn’t care if you’re a vegan, it will still run you over and gore you to death.
Cannabis industry security teams have begun to rapidly emerge all across North America in efforts to remedy a very obvious concern within cannabis and hemp industries. It is worth mentioning that many of these cannabis security businesses are owned and operated by former military and law enforcement officers, who have sought out the opportunity to continue to do what they do best: to serve and protect. If the first encounter upon entering, or monitoring, any cannabis or hemp facility is the immediate presence of an armed security guard at the entrance, a very powerful message is sent that there will be expert resistance towards any attempt of a robbery. Not only does a professional security presence protect your material assets, it also offers a highly desired peace of mind to the customer or clients who are visiting the facility while helping facility staff members to feel more at ease knowing that someone is there with the sole job of having their back as they work or exit the building. There is an additional, potential danger and it is very specific to a grow or manufacturing facility, where there are often so few visitors throughout any normal business day, due to the isolation of the facility location, that any number of dangerous scenarios may play out once a career thief uncovers an easy target. If there is one thing that anyone in the cannabis and hemp industry can be assured of, it is that the key to truly affording a successful operation is within a detailed cannabis security planning strategy.