PCs will establish fund to address retail security upgrades and property damage: Goertzen
WINNIPEG — A re-elected PC government will create an annual $3-million fund to support security upgrades and repairs to retailers and hotels damaged by vandalism and petty crime across the province, Kelvin Goertzen, PC candidate for Steinbach, announced today.
“Retail crime is on the rise. It hurts local businesses, our economy, and our sense of safety,” said Goertzen. “Business owners deserve to feel safe in their stores and on their properties. This funding will support them by boosting security to help prevent crime, as well as to help clean up our communities after a crime has taken place.”
The Retail and Hotel Crime Fund will support efforts to install security features in retail locations such as security cameras and alarm systems. It will also provide funding for cleanups after a break-in, such as replacing broken glass or door panels that were destroyed as a result of crime, or to clean up graffiti on the outside of businesses.
“Hotels and restaurants see many kinds of petty crime,” said Justin Schinkel, COO of Schinkel Properties, and Board Member of the Manitoba Hotel Association. “It’s good to see the PC Party committing to work with business owners to address and prevent property and retail crime in Manitoba.”
“As someone with a retail background, I know firsthand how scary crime in your place of business can be,” said Paramjit Shahi, PC candidate for Fort Richmond. “Everyone deserves to feel secure when they’re at work. Our PC Team is fighting to stop retail crime, and keep Manitobans safe.”
The provincial election will be held October 3rd, 2023.
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