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QuikTrip Hires Security Guards for Tulsa Locations

Contrary to media reports, c-store chain not arming cashiers
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TULSA, Okla. -- QuikTrip Corp. is responding to a surge in crime in its Tulsa, Okla., locations by recruiting armed security professionals.

Instead of contracting out the work to security guards and off-duty police officers, the convenience-store chain, based in Tulsa, is investing in on-staff trained security personnel.

QuikTrip is not arming its standard associates, despite reports from local news organizations. “They will have completely different clothing than store employees,” Mike Thornbrugh, the company's manager of public and government affairs, told CSP Daily News. “Their uniforms will clearly say QuikTrip security.”

Thornbrugh said the new security team members are part of an effort to reduce petty crimes in their Tulsa locations, which have seen more theft, loitering and panhandling. Since Oklahoma reclassified some property violations as misdemeanors instead of felonies last year, he said, people have become more fearless. “With all the decriminalization that states are enacting, we’ve seen an uptick in property crimes, and law enforcement is overwhelmed,” he said.

The company has already tested employing security personnel at locations in Wichita, Kan., helping to decrease petty crime in those units, Thornbrugh said. “The individuals in those stores know who the security officer is and maintain friendly relationships,” he said. “They aren’t just going to [commit a crime] when you have someone of authority in the store.”

Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip is an $11 billion company with more than 750 stores in 11 states. It is No. 12 on CSP’s 2018 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of company-owned retail outlets.



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