Dunedin police are warning retailers to be vigilant in the
lead-up to Christmas after a woman was apprehended yesterday
with a car-load of goods allegedly shoplifted.
The 31-year-old woman was arrested at 3.30pm after a car was
discovered parked in George St with more than $1000 of
clothing and goods allegedly stolen.
''She has been charged with shoplifting from six different
premises,'' Sergeant Ed Baker said. ''The car was chock-full
and we're still trying to track down all the owners of the
property. There were a lot of items and more charges are
The woman will appear in court today. Shoplifting invariably
increased over the Christmas shopping period, Sgt Baker said.
After a George St retailer revealed it lost $5000 of clothing
to shoplifters recently, the Otago Chamber of Commerce
organised a theft-prevention workshop to help retailers limit
shoplifting losses in the countdown to Christmas.
''There is always a peak in shoplifting at Christmas time,''
Loss Prevention Otago principal John Burnip said yesterday.
''Retailers and their staff need to be observant and use
their eyes and not rely on cameras and electronic
surveillance, which can easily be got around.
''Staff need to be proactive all the time and leave their
cellphones in their lockers, rather than be texting their
friends from behind the counter.
''Basically, it's just really good customer service.''
Loss Prevention Otago would be holding seminars next year on
how to mitigate the threats of shoplifting and armed
hold-ups, he said.
The New Zealand Retailers Association estimates up to $2
million in goods are stolen every day from New Zealand shops.