Store hopes to limit thefts by limiting number of unsupervised kids

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Local businesses are cracking down on theft by limiting the number of kids allowed in their store at one time.

Dollar General on N. Church St. in Jonesboro recently posted a sign that limits two children in their business at a time unless accompanied by an adult. And next door, the Kum and Go gas station said although they had to remove their sign, they tell large groups of kids to wait at the door while one child shops at a time.

"Items arecosting more now and people are trying to protect their investment more now andpeople are contacting the police more when a loss occurs," said Sgt. Lyle Waterworth with Jonesboro Police Department.

Waterworth said there are ways stores can beproactive.

 "Stores should keep items that are easilyconcealed in a location where they're easily visible by not only by the clerkbut also by the public who is in there," he said.  

But the responsibility is notjust left up to the stores, customers should also be on the lookout.

"If they seesomething they should say something and notice that if someone is takingsomething they should notify the store or the store should notify the police," Waterworth said.

According toJonesboro Police they has been an uptick in thefts during the summer months. In 2012,there were about 15 thefts a month when school was in session and 24 theftsduring summer break.

"The mainthing is that we look out for one another, not only the store's interestsbut the citizens of Jonesboro's interests," Waterworth said.

In 2013there have been 86 theft incidents. The Kum and Go gas station on N Church Stsaid they watch out for large crowds of kids coming in the store at the same time. Themanager said sometimes she makes them take turns shopping so she can make surethey are not stealing.

"If you see someone suspicious, if you feellike they are suspicious then they probably are and if you contact the storeand the police it's protecting you and the store and your community," Waterworth said. 

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