With increase in shoppers, businesses look to raise security
by Shaka S. Lias
Nov 26, 2010 | 1338 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Businesses are busy preparing to increase their sales volume during the holiday shopping season, and at the same time, trying to prevent a surge in theft.

In the past week, four separate incidents of shoplifting have taken place at Walmart located on Market Place Boulevard, according to incident reports from the Bartow County Sheriff's Office.

The reports state that officers were called to the store by loss prevention to transport the alleged shoplifters.

Several attempts to speak to a manager were unsuccessful, and an employee said they are not allowed to reveal security information to the public.

Although Belk Store Manger Larry Williams said security information is confidential, he did say that there has not be an increase in thefts.

"Not more than normal," Williams said.

Williams said there has been cases of fraudulent checks and passing of counterfeit money, adding it's not usual for those incidents to rise because of the increase in customers in the store during the season.

An employee with Psycho Sisters in downtown Cartersville said the business puts sensor on all merchandise and "watch customers like hawks." But she said there has not been an increase in thefts.

Stephanie Hassinger, owner of Write On Main, said with a lot of teens working during the holiday season it's important to have an adult working also for extra security.

In addition, Hassinger said they have an officer who occasionally stops by and checks the business.

She said no problem is too insignificant to report. "If we feel like something needs to be called in, we just call," she said.

Hassinger said she hasn't noticed an increase of theft during the season. "There are occasions when little things will show up missing," she said.

She said having two locations also makes her a little bit more aware.

Hassinger said it's not her intent to watch everyone, but acknowledges all customers.

"If someone came in with the intent to steal, it will make it harder," she said of making contact with shoppers.

Hassinger said she try not to leave an opportunity to steal.

"We do what we can do to not make it (stealing) to someone," she said.