LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Restaurant owners are reviewing their safety policies after thieves targeted two restaurants last week. A board member with the Arkansas Restaurant Association said preventing crime will likely be discussed at the next meeting.
Burglars vandalized All Aboard a year ago after hours.
"It's not necessarily if it will happen, but when it will happen," said All Aboard Manager Lance Wright. "This Dunkin Donuts got robbed when we were here at 7 p.m. at night."
Dunkin Donuts is several feet away from All Aboard. Wright mainly works the front of the restaurant.
"I used to work at a bank in Northwest Arkansas for six-and-a-half years, so security and robbery procedures are familiar to me," said Wright.
He's stationed in the front of the business on purpose by owner and board member of the Arkansas Restaurant Association Vince Schallenberg.
"To also identify people as they walk in," said Schallenberg.
Hoping not to make headlines like the Red Lobster robbery and Sbarro shooting, Schallenberg looks to security in his shopping strip to pay off. This includes police patrols, private security, and surveillance.
"You have your private security firms and police officers. It will run anywhere from $25 to $55 an hour," said Schallenberg.
Security is important in the front and in the back entrance. At All Aboard, Schallenberg makes sure deliveries come in the morning at a set time when there's plenty of daylight and other businesses are open.
Schallenberg and Wright know serving up delicious food is a part of being a successful business, but providing safety is another. Schallenberg wanted to emphasize that restaurants are like any type of business, and nobody is immune to crime. He hopes people aren't afraid to go out and eat because of what happened last week.