New guidelines were approved in 2008 for convenience stores to increase safety measures for residents, customers and store employees. The guidelines are intended to help address the following:
•Nearly half of all business robberies occur at convenience stores.
•Suspects leave little evidence, reducing the possibility of arrests.
•An unsafe environment exists for employees and customers.
•Stores are easy targets without proper prevention measures.
"These standards are especially important following the approval of beer and wine sales by Irving voters," said Police Chief Larry Boyd.
The guidelines require the following safety features (this is not the full list of requirements):
•An alarm system and panic button installed (permit also required)
•Surveillance cameras that capture the images of the store's interior & exterior
•Bolting requirements for ATMs
•An unobstructed view of the cash register and customers
•A trespass affidavit, which authorizes police to enforce trespass laws on the store's behalf
•Safety training for all employees (part time and full time)
•A drop safe installed and bolted to the slab
For the complete ordinance with all requirements, please click on the following link: Ordinance #9012
All of Irving's 120-plus convenience stores are required to comply with the requirements at all times. Equipment requirements have been in place since November 2008.