Alfie's looks to boost booze security

December theft of liquor bottle prompts examination of alcohol storage at Alfie’s

If passed at the next Board of Directors meetings, rails will be installed in the two Alfie's bars.
If passed at the next Board of Directors meetings, rails will be installed in the two Alfie's bars.
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Alfie’s is looking to install gates over its bars to prevent theft of alcohol.

At last night’s Board of Directors meeting, the decision to install gates was tabled because the meeting didn’t reach quorum.

The motion to install the gates came after alcohol was stolen from the nightclub over winter break.

“There was a theft, but unfortunately we were unable to identify whom the theft was committed by,” Ashley Eagan, AMS vice-president of operations, said.

According to Eagan, discussions on installing gates at Alfie’s began in December, and the official proposal was put forward at the March 15 Board of Directors meeting.

“We need to be able to make sure our inventory is as safe as possible as well because liquor is expensive,” Eagan, BFA ’11, said. “It’s part of our inventory and that’s something that will affect the finances of the services.”

If the motion passes at the next Board of Directors meeting on April 12, the retractable gates will be installed behind the Alfie’s logo on top of the two bars inside the nightclub. The gates would incur a cost of $7,650 depreciated over five years at $100 per month including labour.

Eagan added that the motion also came forth to adhere to “industry standards.” “It’s something that has been discussed for a few years now,” she said. “If you look at any other nightclub or bar, they actually all have more secure ways of storing their alcohol.”

Arrangements have been made with Commercial Door Systems Ltd. to install the doors immediately if the motion is passed. Members present at the Board meeting spoke in favour of the initiative.

Eagan said the gates will feature specific designs that match Alfie’s “aesthetic appeal.”

“We’ve talked about little tiny circles or squares but nothing big enough so that you could get a hand in or anything like that,” she said. “We don’t want it to be an ugly grate we have to pull down.”

TAPS Head Manager Faye Yachetti declined to comment on the new security provisions.

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