Deputies Work to Make Convenience Stores Safer Late at Night

Bay County sheriff's deputies say they will be cracking down on late night convenience stores that don't meet minimum security standards.

A workshop held Wednesday was designed to clear up some misunderstandings that convenience store owners about the state requirements they are expected to meet to make their stores safer.

In 1992, the Convenience Business Security Act was adopted by the Florida Legislature, but 13 years later some store owners have still not made the changes necessary for the safety of their employees and customers.

Investigators found in some stores security cameras were not working, or produced such a poor quality picture you could not tell who a bandit may be.

Other requirements are for the stores to have two clerks on duty after 11:00 p.m., or if there is only one clerk he/she must be in a bullet proof glass security area.