This is a reminder to merchants and shoppers.  This time of the year seems to bring out the thieves and given the state of the economy crimes involving the theft of property may escalate.



Merchants must make take appropriate measures to train their employees to watch for shoplifters.  Good customer service is one of the best deterrents against shoplifting.   A sales person should always be positioned at the door to ask patrons if they need assistance.


This is a reminder to merchants and shoppers.  This time of the year seems to bring out the thieves and given the state of the economy crimes involving the theft of property may escalate.

Merchants must make take appropriate measures to train their employees to watch for shoplifters.  Good customer service is one of the best deterrents against shoplifting.   A sales person should always be positioned at the door to ask patrons if they need assistance. 

If the patron(s) acts suspiciously, watch them closely.  Many times a group of shoplifters will target specific stores. 

They will separate drawing the attention of the available sales clerks while one of the other thieves in their group make off with merchandise.

 Know what is being taken into changing rooms and keep the changing rooms free of clothing and other items not purchased. 

Alternate hangers on racks so they are not easily removed.  And frequently check racks for empty hangers.  Remember it is easier to steal from a store that is messy than one that is organized.

Do not hesitate to call Law Enforcement for a walk through of your store if you are suspicious. 

I recently walked through a local store and all the sales clerks were standing at the register talking.  I was in the store walking around for several minutes before I was approached by a sales clerk asking if I needed assistance and I had to request assistance.    I read a stealing report that had occurred a week later from this same store. 

If you feel that store personnel need a refresher on watching for shoplifters and counterfeit funds, please contact the police department.  Remember that every item that is stolen is money out of all our pockets. 

Sgt. Arlyne M. Page
573-302-2010 x 308