Northam Police charge trio with shoplifting amid crackdown on retail thefts

Northam Police charge trio with shoplifting amid crackdown on retail thefts

NORTHAM Police have charged three residents with shoplifting in an operation targeting retail theft in the run up to Christmas.

Senior Sergeant Geoff Dickson said local police officers are conducting high visibility foot patrols each week in the town, particularly in and around shopping centres.

“Shoplifting is a crime; offenders are happy to fill their pockets and walk out of a shop with your produce or goods. It’s tantamount to reaching into your till and stealing cash,” he said.

“Good security including CCTV, well trained and briefed staff members and loss prevention technology are important. Every item stolen comes off your bottom line.”

One woman (27) and two men (35) and (27) from Northam were charged with stealing on November 30.

Sgt Dickson said in addition to the criminal charges, the offenders were issued with shop banning notices for 12 months.

He said a return to the store within the banned period would invoke a police investigation for trespass.

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