Question: What to do if you see a shoplifter?

What would you do if you see a customer stealing?

Swing by your local police station so you can talk to a law enforcement professional about what you should do if you find yourself dealing with a shoplifter. You may also want to take this opportunity to get their contact information, so you know who to call if you find a shoplifter in your store.

Can you report shoplifter?

If it is not an emergency, report the incident to the Police Assistance Line phone 131444, local police will be dispatched to your business. Provide accurate information to the police about the circumstances surrounding the offence. Police will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to support charges.

Why is shoplifting a serious crime?

It is a theft crime, and like other theft charges, a conviction comes with jail time and hefty fines. In addition to the criminal consequences, a charge of shoplifting can have a significant and adverse effect on your life, your relationships, and even your job.

Can a store employee physically detain a shoplifter?

Though these laws vary, store owners and their employees generally are allowed to detain an individual when they have probable cause to suspect shoplifting. Most states require that the store or its employees have evidence which would lead a reasonable person to believe that shoplifting had occurred or was in progress.

Can a security guard look in my bag?

Can a Security Guard Search You? Security guards are not allowed to search you or your possessions unless they have your consent. Although, this does not apply if you are not present or unconscious. This includes the ability to search your bag or your car.

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