Retail, police partnership works to prevent shoplifting and identify suspects

Retail, police partnership works to prevent shoplifting and identify suspects

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Police Department and Central Alabama Crimestoppers teamed up with area retailers to help prevent shoplifting.

Tuesday morning, they hosted a loss prevention meeting at a conference room inside the Target at EastChase. The goal of the meeting was to foster stronger partnerships, not only between businesses and the police but also between individual businesses.

"Last month, we captured 12 suspects through this processes, with the open lines of communication," said Tony Garrett
from Crimestoppers.
 
Loss prevention specialists at local businesses and retailers were invited to the meeting and encouraged to bring pictures, security camera video, and other useful information that could help police identify theft rings and possible suspects.  During a round-table style meeting, representatives discussed current crime trends and shared information about recent thefts in an effort to network together and fight against shoplifting. 
 
Garrett said the meeting was open to representatives from both big-box chains and small mom and pop stores.
 
"We asked them to come talk about the problems they're seeing when it comes to shoplifting. It lets them connect
with other businesses to see what they're doing to deter the problem," Garrett added. "Some came with a lot to talk about; others came to just listen and gain useful information."
 
The Loss Prevention meetings are held regularly. If you have questions or would like to attend the next one, call
Crimestoppers at 215-STOP.
    
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