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Retailers Prepare for Holiday Season Shoplifters

Local store share how they use cameras and personnel to deter shoplifters.
CONWAY, AR--Central Arkansas store managers are working to manage, the influx of shoppers and along with them, additional shoplifters.

To curb holiday crime, Conway police added extra patrols around popular shopping areas. Lt. Bob Berry monitors parking lots and also walks through stores making contact with management and letting customers know he's there. Lt. Berry and managers say it's easy to spot a shoplifter.

"A lot of people looking up, looking at you to make sure you're not looking at them. People easing toward doors, holding items in their hand. People running out not being sneaky at all," Hibbett Sports manager Mandy Ward describes.

In Little Rock at Hobby Town USA, the owner installed an elaborate camera system to help catch thieves. He says people will try to steal almost anything but some of their most popular items are flying planes that can cost hundreds of dollars. The owner says shoplifters probably cost him $50 a month during regular shopping seasons.

According to 2012 surveys from the Center for Retail research show companies roughly $8.9 billion to theft during the holiday shopping season, and approximately $3.9 billion is due to shoplifters.

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