TEST PURCHASE OF ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO
You, who work in the municipality sector can get help from us for assistance in checking compliance with various regulations in the area of alcoholic beverages and tobacco. We can also help make it difficult to sell alcohol, snus and cigarettes to people under 18. This can be done via store checks and alcohol permit checks. We carry out sample purchases at Systembolaget, at smaller kiosks or in grocery stores, which the municipality is responsible for supervising.
When time and resources are not enough, you can turn to us for help with store checks of tobacco and alcohol. We work discreetly and efficiently and we document all sample purchases with image and video recording. As a rule, we use both hidden cameras and fully visible cameras, which are then used in a very discreet way.
Our services fit situations where:
- A store has a reputation for selling tobacco and alcoholic beverages to minors and people without a ID.
- A private person is suspected of purchasing alcohol and / or tobacco to persons under the age of 18.
- Imported alcohol is sold within Sweden.
- There is suspicion of tobacco or alcohol smuggling as well as sales.
How we go about finding those who do not comply with the law depends on the situation, the store in question (or the individual) and the needs and wishes of the responsible authority. We are flexible in our work in order to be able to see, in the best possible way, how a business is run and what works in terms of alcohol and tobacco.
ASSISTANCE IN SUPERVISION
We function as a supplement to the supervision of a company, a small store or an organization, and we assist the municipality with trial purchases and other supervision methods, through the group of young individuals (most between the ages of 16 and 18) who continuously collaborate with us. These individuals form part of the contact network and database we have created, in order to carry out control purchases that reflect the reality. When you want to do a test purchases within the municipality you can contact us, and we will establish contact with one or more suitable (minors or with young looks) individuals who can then make the test purchase for us.
Everything is monitored and documented by our trained staff, both for the safety of our young consultants but also for the assignment to be completed as professionally as possible.
SUPERVISION OF TOBACCO SALES
All tobacco retail outlets – kiosks, supermarkets, grocery stores, gaming stores and other players – are required by law to hold a permit from the municipality. We assist all of Sweden’s municipalities in controlling and following up the supervision of these outlets.
We ensure, among other things, that bars and restaurants serving alcohol have a valid serving permit, and also verify that only persons with a serving permit serve alcoholic beverages in accordance with current regulations.
For municipalities and authorities, we carry out various types of studies as well as surveys where the purpose is to obtain concrete information regarding young people’s behaviors regarding alcohol and drugs. Our services are adapted to each municipality’s individual needs, we work with the collecting and compilation of relevant data.
We work directly with municipalities throughout the country to document and analyze specific phenomena. Here we design custom questionnaires and surveys, which are then combined with interviews. A summary is then made to process the information that has emerged from our research and important facts can be found. Another form of investigation may be that the municipality wants to investigate how easy or difficult it is to get into a pub/nightclub or restaurant, and to buy, for example, alcohol with false identification. Among other things, we look at the following:
- HHow extensive is the specific problem?
- What can be improved?
Regardless of the issues that exist, we can assist you with materials and observations to answer them. The results are compiled and presented to the municipality and can be used as a basis for future dialogue with the municipality’s residents and traders.
HOW WE WORK
We use hidden cameras and Mystery Shoppers. In most cases, the control purchases take place for a limited period of time, to see if it is a systematic behavior or if it is a one-off event that the shop assistant failed to ask for ID.
It is also possible to get help from us to make sure that adults do not buy snus or cigarettes for young people. Control is often done with video surveillance or physical surveillance.
I SUSPECT THAT A STORE SELLS TOBACCO AND/OR ALCOHOL TO MINORS – WHAT CAN I DO?
If you are a private person, you must first report this to the police on telephone 114 14, or alternatively make a report via the police website. It is possible for private individuals to hire us, but extensive supervisory checks take place only in collaboration with the municipality or with the local police.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?
If you need more information, please contact us. We offer a free consultation where you can discuss your problem with us.