Z Energy is installing new anti-theft technology around Auckland to make it even harder to steal tobacco.
Fifty high security steel tobacco dispensing machines are being installed, as the company seeks to protect retail staff by deterring would-be robbers.
The automated units are locked at all times with restricted access only and can dispense just one pack of tobacco at a time. Staff have no access to keys to open the machines between the hours of 6pm and 6am.
Z General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said Z is focused on keeping robbers out and if they do get into a site there will now be nothing of value to steal.
“We are locking away tobacco so there is simply no point targeting Z and robbers would be wasting their time.”
The machines are the latest in a series of moves by Z to protect staff and make sites resistant to attacks, including fog cannons, bollards, safe rooms for staff, an $8 million high definition CCTV system and security film on glass to make it very difficult to break.
Mark said every person has a right to do their job safely and feel safe at work.
“As attempted robberies continue to put communities at risk Z is making safety a priority by doing what it takes to protect our front line staff,” said Mark.
Z is working closely with the New Zealand Police to share intelligence and do anything it can to assist in arrests after attacks on service stations.
Detective Senior Sergeant, Albie Alexander, of the Counties Manukau Major Crime Team said police cannot solve this problem alone, so it’s great to see retailers taking preventative measures to keep their staff safe.
“We will continue to work closely with our community, including Z Energy to help prevent these types of crimes. These are serious offences punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment and police are focused on holding those who commit these offences to account.”