Curbing Convenience Store Crime

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Wednesday Bay County sheriff's officials tried to help about 30 store owners reduce their chances of being victimized. They updated store owners with the state's Convenience Business Security Act passed by the Legislature in 1992.

Many of the requirements deal with how many employees and security measure stores must have if they stay open all night, and sheriff's officials will be spot checking those stores to see if they're in compliance.

Paul Vecker, Convenience Business Inspector, says, "What I will do is I will be going and visiting these stores, and if they comply there will be no paperwork. If there is a violation of compliance they will have approximately 30 days to correct the particular measure."

The Convenience Business Security Act does not apply to so-called mom and pop stores.