Officers with the Kenora OPP are working with the province and management of Kenora’s LCBO to help curb a string of shoplifting incidents in 2022.

Detachment Commander of the Kenora OPP, Jeff Duggan, says officers have responded to 60 calls for service at the downtown LCBO location between January 1, 2022, and June 27, 2022, including calls for theft.

Duggan says the OPP is working with the LCBO to come up with crime prevention solutions, and officers are continuing to offer advice to other local business owners as well. Anyone looking for more crime prevention tips is asked to contact the Kenora OPP at 807-548-5534 or 1-888-310-1122.

This comes as the OPP reports the number of thefts under $5,000 dropped by over 30 per cent in May, but property crimes have seen an increase of over 7 per cent.

In 2019, Kenora councillors explored the possibility of relocating Kenora’s downtown LCBO location elsewhere, citing ongoing traffic, social and safety concerns in the area.

A meeting with Ontario’s former Finance Minister Rod Phillips to explore the issue took place at an Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference that year, but the file hasn’t moved since.

Kenora’s downtown LCBO location remains at 546 Park Street, just off of the Kenora Shoppers Mall, the Beer Store and Parkview Apartments and just up the road from Central Park.