Anti-Theft Bottle Caps Coming to LCBO Locations in Mississauga

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While they can’t wipe out theft entirely, LCBO knows a little extra security goes a long way in helping to curtail the problem.

The alcoholic beverage retailer is introducing “BottleLox” — large, plastic caps placed on the tops of bottles — to LCBO locations in all regions this fall.

The initiative began as a pilot project in only a few locations to test the effectiveness of the caps, which prevent the bottles from being easily opened unless they’re removed properly at check-out.

In addition, BottleLox also features chip-enabled technology that trips an alarm if activated. Front-door security pedestals that detect the chips have been tested at several locations.

"The results were phenomenal," said Lou Recchi, LCBO’s district manager. "Some stores that were writing off quite a few units of product due to theft were suddenly only writing off one or two bottles."

As a result of the caps’ effectiveness, the retailer has purchased a large supply of BottleLox that it plans to roll out to “strategic” locations in all regions — i.e. locations that have been targets for frequent theft in the past.

"Security and safety is top-of-mind for the LCBO," said Recchi, who says “combating theft is a key priority.”

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