Thursday, February 9, 2017

H-E-B stores hire K-9 armed security patrols

Security officer Justin Owen patrols Monday February 6, 2017 at the H-E-B Lincoln Heights store with a S.E.A.L. Security canine officer "Fak" (cq). H-E-B is bringing canine security officers to seven stores in the San Antonio area as part of a partnership with Houston-based S.E.A.L. Security Solutions. "Fak" is a four-year-old German Shepherd. Photo: John Davenport /San Antonio Express-News / ┬ęSan Antonio Express-News/John Davenport

Houston TX Feb 9 2017 H-E-B has hired a team of new security officers for patrolling parking lots on all fours.
Canine patrols been on duty at seven area H-E-B locations in January, officials with H-E-B and Houston-based S.E.A.L. Security Solutions said.
Both companies hope potential thieves and other troublemakers will see the dogs along with their human security officers and think twice about committing an offense.
“Our primary function with this partnership is to bring in what we feel is a visual crime deterrent and to hopefully prevent crime before it even starts,” H-E-B spokeswoman Julie Bedingfield said.
The supermarket chain hired S.E.A.L., short for Strategic Executive and Logistical Security Solutions, sometime last year, she said.
Each of the seven San Antonio stores will have one human and one canine security officer, Bedingfield said.
Bedingfield said she hopes shoppers see the dogs as a customer service aspect and feel free to approach them.

“They’re just like my goofy 2-year-old golden retriever, except much better trained than mine is,” Bedingfield said. 

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