The LCBO has become the main attraction for thieves over the past few years throughout Ontario. Since 2014, LCBO shops have been targeted for thefts over 9,000 times and those statistics continue to grow. Today, the Toronto Star announced that LCBO thefts now make up nearly 50% of shoplifting cases throughout Toronto, and Torontonians sadly aren’t surprised.
In 2018, thefts within the LCBO spiked. Moreover, group heists have become quite common throughout the GTA. Some thieves have even been recorded to be as young as thirteen at the time of the robberies.
LCBO spokesperson Ryan McCaan spoke out about the issue earlier this week stating, “theft, and in this case, underage theft, is extremely concerning, especially since we make every effort to ensure alcohol stays out of the hands of minors.”
As we already know, these thefts are causing great concern throughout most of Ontario. Narcity has already reported how this rise in thefts is disrupting Ford's plan to expand liquor sales to local corner stores.
While the LCBO is attempting to tighten security, Torontonians have taken to Reddit to share their horrifying experiences when it comes to LCBO thefts throughout Toronto and how often it actually occurs.
It’s shocking to see how many people have witnessed an LCBO theft. A Reddit thread posted by @pkralik001 has amassed over 500 comments of people sharing their experiences with and opinions about these thefts.
The first things that Torontonians seems to be concerned about is how easily thieves are able to get away with robbing the LCBO. While it is important to note that LCBO staff are unable to go after thieves themselves, Reddit users are thinking of other ways to stop the mass amount of theft that is happening around their city.
Among the suggestions is an idea to place less stock on the shelves and add more security tags to all products.
Regardless of the situation, if you witness a theft, make sure to always put your safety first and never try to stop the robber.