Why burglars tend to target vape shops

After Lincoln Vapor was burglarized over the weekend for the second time in three months, Channel 8 looked into why these shops tend to be a target for thieves. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — After Lincoln Vapor was burglarized over the weekend for the second time in three months, Channel 8 looked into why these shops tend to be a target for thieves.

In a phone call with the Lincoln Police Department, officials said thieves see vape shops as a ‘target rich environment’ where merchandise can be somewhat easy to grab and then re-sell. Officers said thieves can often times make a profit off of the stolen goods by selling them to underage individuals.

With the recent break-ins, other vape shops in town say the trends are worrisome.

“I mean, someone gets hit that many times, it’s only a matter of time before they try to move on to another place. Maybe?” TNT Vapors owner, Dave Jameson, said.

Jameson said they reinforce their security by having steel bars in their windows, a security system and double doors to prevent burglars from breaking through the glass doors.

He also said the thought of thieves taking product from a reputable shop and reselling iton the black market to underage kids, is unsettling.

“It gives our industry a bad name, and I don’t want them to do that. We only sold to people are over 21 and can produce proper ID,” Jameson said.

LPD says they work closely with local tobacco coalitions to educate minors and others on vape products. As for burglaries, they monitor trends and increase patrols when needed.

 

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