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Convenience Store Summit Seeks Best Practices

This convenience store in New Albany is where Sandy Kessler hopes to buy her second winning lottery ticket -- almost a decade and a half after buying her first here.

A group of Central Indiana convenience store employees will meet later this month to find ways to make their jobs and customers safer. Scot Imus is the Executive Director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association and is working with the Indiana Department of Labor on a summit that would bring together police, industry experts, convenience store employees and architects to pool ideas of ways to make stores safer.

Imus says the most effective method to stop holdups is to take away the robber‘s incentive.

“I think you‘ve seen the industry change a lot over the last several years with better sight lines, better lighting, better security cameras,” Imus says. “But the most important thing is cash handling policies. There is not money in the cash register at convenience stores.”

Imus admits a plan for one city may not work in another area, but hopes to compile a best practices document. He also hopes a task force will be assembled to create a safety plan that can be implemented. The date of the summit will be announced Monday.

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