Security During the Shopping Season

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It's that time of year again when people are out shopping for Christmas and some are simply watching those out shopping.

"Looking for shoplifters mainly," says Dillard's Security Officer, Lydell Hopkins.

"Primary duties are busting shoplifters and ensuring the safety of customers and associates throughout the store," says Sears Loss Prevention Supervisor, William Scruggs.

Store security has an eye on everyone coming in and out of stores.

"There are cameras in the store. They're pretty much all over the store so there's nowhere you can go to hide," says Lydell Hopkins.

Looking for people who may be taking, more than they are giving.

"As far as the holiday season, shoplifters they don't take a holiday. They come out in full strength this time of year, especially on Black Friday," says Hopkins.

In some stores undercover officers are watching you on monitors and out on the floor. And now that the shopping season is underway, they've already caught a number of shoplifters.

"We stopped three females concealing DVD's, cologne and perfume," says William Scruggs.

Resulting in the recovery of thousands of dollars of merchandise from various stores... and, for the shoplifter...

"A felony charge," says William Scruggs.

Some security officers say this is always the time of year to catch the most shoplifters.

"The more traffic you get in here the easier they believe they can take things out. Most of the people are pretty brazen and pretty obvious," says Scruggs.

And, they can be found in and out of the stores.

"Make sure to lock your vehicle! Shoplifters, they'll get you on your way out and on your way in," says Lyndell Hopkins.

So, just remember, as you're shopping this Christmas season, Santa isn't the only one with his eye on you.

If you are caught shoplifting most stores prosecute for any amount that you take, and state law says if you are caught taking more than $350 dollars worth of merchandise you will be charged with a felony.

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