More than 80 per cent of Kelowna Chamber of Commerce downtown business owners say their safety and security concerns have increased in the last year.
Kim Williams, the CEO of the Wild Kingdom adult store on Lawrence Avenue, is one such owner who is getting fed up with the situation.
“It’s taken a toll on my staff,” Williams says. “We’re like pitbulls. Every single person that comes in the store, we have to watch them. I’ve added more cameras in here, so I’ve got 16 inside and two outside—one in the front and one in the back. And even when people know that they’re being watched, they still steal stuff.
“This town—and I hate to say this—is turning into a s—hole. It’s really disheartening, because I love Kelowna. I really do, and I’ve been in this location for probably 20-plus years now, and I’ve never seen it this bad. And these aren't kids that are stealing. These are adults that know better. That’s the part that really (makes me mad).”
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