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Gem show vendors make security a priority

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Gem show vendors make security a priority

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Jan 26, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -   High volumes of people, means more opportunity for thieves.

"When we get busy there are people that take advantage of that," said Robert Grant who owns Norcross Madagascar.

His gallery offers rare minerals mined and manufactured on the African island. His show this year has some new, and expensive items up for sale, that range anywhere from $1 to $50,000, meaning extra precaution must be taken to prevent theft.

"During this time, we have implemented 32 cameras in this building," said Grant. "We have security, a security system, we have the Tucson Police thankfully here checking the neighborhood."

Grant says TPD increases their patrols during the Gem and Mineral show, and anyone with large bags must leave them at the front desk.

"That is part of the business," he said. "We just want to focus on having a good show and safe show and making sure the customers are happy."

 

Rikki Mitchell

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.