SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - There are only two more shopping days left, but Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are warning business owners to make sure they are doing everything they can to protect their merchandise.
Shoplifting crime has spiked, and according to the crime statistics, most of the issues are on the Southside. The numbers are only up slightly overall in Chatham County, there have been about 50 more cases this year compared to last year. But if you look at the numbers on the Southside, there have been nearly 100 more shoplifting cases.
Metro Police is reminding retailers to make sure you keep a clean and organized store, keep higher priced or commonly stolen items in plain sight where it's less easy to be sneaky - like near the cash register. Keep fitting rooms locked and escort folks when they need it. But one of the best and easiest ways to reduce loss prevention, make sure you greet every customer.
"The allusion to being seen is one of the greatest deterrence to crime, so if you know that store clerk walks up and down this isle a couple of times every few minutes, you fear that you could be seen taking an time that doesn't belong to you," said APO Hillary Nielsen, SCMPD.
Click here to learn more about ways to protect your items this holiday season.