Shoppers and retailers are being warned to be on the ‘look out’ for shoplifters and bag snatches during the January sales, with an increase in crime expected over this peak shopping period.
“Theft is big business for thieves during after-Christmas sales,” Mark Norton, General Manager for ADT Security stated today. “Crowded stores and busy staff make it easier for the dishonest to pilfer products from shelves and shopping trolleys laden with post Christmas bargains”.
With one in five businesses reporting being a victim of shop theft, shoppers are also being encouraged to keep a close eye on their valuables and to ensure that their purchased items are secure at all times.
Australian retailers are estimated to lose up to $500 million in takings from shop theft over the festive season and ADT Security is urging retailers to ensure loss prevention strategies are in place over January.
“Watchful and attentive management is always a good deterrent to both employee theft and shoplifting, although security devices such as closed-circuit television monitoring systems and EAS tags are the most effective theft prevention method, especially at a time when staff are preoccupied with increased sales,” Norton added.