Pawn Shop Owners React To Brazen Criminals

Pawn Shop Owners React To Brazen Criminals

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Pawn shop owners hate talking about their security precautions.

“I don’t want to say a whole lot about what we got because then it’d be easier for somebody to bypass them,” says President of Rick’s Gun and Pawn Inc., Rick Lowell.

And you’d be hard-pressed finding a pawn shop owner to actually go into detail about his security measures. Most won’t go beyond stating the obvious like these concrete barriers.

“We got the posts out front, and we got surveillance, everyone’s got surveillance nowadays. We got a couple other things working for us.”

“Our staff is taught to pay attention to people coming in and out, have roll down doors, and we put up our stuff at night,” says Manager of Eddie’s Wholesale Jewelry Walter Hudson.

Many are reluctant to even go on camera after two stores were hit within two weeks. The first, brazen robbers busted into the Quik Pawn on Cottage Hill with guns drawn in broad daylight. A customer ran them down and held them for police. The second, the burglar brought his own chainsaw to cut a hole in the roof of Eddie’s Pawn. Police caught him before he could escape back through the roof. Their response to all this?

“The problem is, if they want to get in, you can’t keep them out,” says Lowell.

But they can still try. Keeping holstered guns on employees and cameras everywhere.

“I know the risks in taking this job. But it’s no less dangerous being a bank clerk or anything else,” says Hudson.

Other owners I spoke with today said they are upping the ante with extra surveillance and other measures. They’re all very concerned with this, one shop owner said they are targeted most because everything in a pawn shop is highly re-sellable. However, it’s a dumb crook who tries taking the guns since they all have serial numbers and can be traced.

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