FOLLOWING the success of retail theft operation ‘Cut price 1’ in August 2013, where 40 thieves were caught in three days, Wagga police carried out operation ‘Cut price 2’ this week.
The joint operation with loss prevention officers and support,
from the ‘eyes and ears’ of local businesses, resulted in 24 people being detected shop lifting and many others deterred from committing offences.
During the operation one male was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
Retailers, police and loss prevention officers have collaborated to raise awareness on theft techniques, suspects and specifically targeted items.
While less people were proceeded against than in the last operation this is seen as a positive result, demonstrating the deterrent effect of ‘Cut price 1’ and CCTV initiatives that have been introduced by some businesses as a result of this.
Wagga Police will continue to run these operations in uniform and plain clothes and encouraged retail staff to be on the lookout and report suspicious people to the police.
Leading Senior Constable Simon Carberry, keen to support retail businesses in Wagga, has led both operations to date and has been pleased with the response from the public and assisting businesses.
His message was clear: “If you steal in Wagga you will get caught!”
Police would like to thank the community members and businesses that assisted in providing information and supporting the operation.
The impact of shoplifting is significant and affects us all.
Any information on shoplifting offenders or people who receive stolen goods are urged to call their local police or Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.