Theft, a major issue in Canberra’s shops

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THEFT is a major issue for Canberra retailers, with ACT Policing apprehending 37 offenders in its last three discreet operations, says superintendent of south district Scott Moller.

ACT Policing has been conducting operations targeting shoplifting across Canberra with the most recent operation held at Woden on Friday (july 7).

“With school holidays, we see increased traffic through shopping centres. Shoplifters often use these busy times to mask their activity,” says Mr Moller.

“The majority of those apprehended have now been banned from the shopping centre for up to 12 months, and may also face a criminal charge for theft.

“Many of those caught shoplifting are employed and have the means to pay for the items stolen, but choose not to. These operations will be continuing, so I ask those people to consider how a criminal charge would affect your employment.”

During the 2016-17 financial year, 1272 people were apprehended by ACT Policing for theft from a retail premises.

ACT Policing provides a free service to local businesses, offering information on how to protect a business from crime via 6256 7777.

Information in relation to people shoplifting to 1800 333000, or via the ACT Crime Stoppers website.

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