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’Tis the season for thieving

The season of giving is also the season of taking as retailers experience a spike in thefts during the holidays, said Dave Jones, security consultant for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for shoplifters.

The season of giving is also the season of taking as retailers experience a spike in thefts during the holidays, said Dave Jones, security consultant for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.

“Shoplifting tends to increase during this time of year,” Jones said.

“But the reports actually don’t show it because retailers are so busy trying to sell.”

Thursday marked the busiest shopping day of the year, according to Moneris Solutions, Canada’s largest credit and debit card purchase processor.

Due to high volumes of store traffic, rather than reporting the shoplifters to police, retailers are confronting them at the door and issuing fines.

“What (shoplifters) don’t realize is all the major malls have loss-prevention teams,” Jones said.
Yet, the way retailers prosecute shoplifters varies.

“We had a guy the other day, a contractor, that came into this particular store, took a pair of cutters, cut a length of wire off and put it in his pocket — it probably cost $3 but we still processed him,” said Ian Abramson, president of Vancouver’s International Loss Prevention System Corporation (ILPS).

ILPS, which is a firm hired by companies for its detective shoppers, sees an annual hike in business during December.

“(Shoplifting) is a hundred — a thousand per cent up,” Abramson said about thefts during the holiday season.

“This makes it sound like stealing is really easy, but we’re catching people all the time.”

 
 
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