Store Security on High Alert During the Holidays

December 21, 2004 – Posted at 4:42 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Four to six thousand people walk through the doors of Wal-Mart on Parker Road in Jonesboro on any given day. But not all are paying customers; some are shoplifters and now is the time thieves declare open season on retailers

"We probably catch about four to ten people a day," said Becky Breland, Department Manager, "They think they can get away with a lot more because we're so crowded and we're so busy. They think they can slip in and out."

But someone is always watching. Security cameras are positioned all over the store.

"We have a kinds of undercover people watch and cameras every where," said Breland.

Some take shoplifting to a new low by using their kids said Breland. "They may put things in their infant seat, things in the diaper bags."

And a new tactic being used, "They may have already paid for items and then go back through the store and add too what they've already paid for," said Breland.

So just what are the hot items that just seem to grow legs and walk out of the store this time of year? "DVD players, CDs, movies, cosmetics are some of the most swiped items," said Breland.

But thieves don't stop there. They go for bigger items as well.

"Some people put computers in the buggy and just try to walk out of the door with them," laughed Breland.

But even if it's something small, Wal-Mart has no tolerance for sticky fingers.

"We always prosecute," said Breland.

Anyone caught stealing from Wal-Mart is banned from the store forever.