Shoplifting is a crime that affects everyone:
- The business (loss revenue and higher costs)
- The consumer (high costs to cover the loss experienced by the businesses, and the hassle and invasiveness of security procedures).
- The police (dedicating resources to investigate and process the cases),
- The courts (the cost of prosecuting and adjudicating the cases).
- More than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from retailers each year. That's more than $35 million per day.
- There are approximately 27 million shoplifters (or 1 in 11 people) in our nation today. More than 10 million people have been caught shoplifting in the last five years.
- Shoplifting affects more than the offender. It overburdens the police and the courts, adds to a store's security expenses, costs consumers more for goods, costs communities lost dollars in sales taxes and hurts children and families.
- Shoplifters steal from all types of stores including department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, convenience stores and thrift shops.
The Pinole Police Department is committed to responding to, thoroughly investigating and pursuing prosecution shoplifting cases. There are a few easy steps loss prevention agents and businesses can take to help us successfully investigate and prosecute shoplifters:
- Write a detailed report.
- Include all supporting documents: including a Property List and Citizen’s Arrest form.
- Include evidence: Photographs of property and video surveillance (compatible with Windows Media Player).