Burnie re­tail­ers unite on shoplifters

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

STORE re­tail­ers in Burnie are band­ing to­gether to fight a spate of shoplift­ing in the North-West city.

A pub­lic meet­ing hosted by Ci­tyLink, in con­junc­tion with Tas­ma­nia Po­lice, will be held on Tues­day to dis­cuss the prob­lem and find so­lu­tions.

Po­lice said cloth­ing, es­pe­cially sports-re­lated cloth­ing, was be­ing tar­geted by shoplifters with 17 shoplift­ing of­fences re­ported in the re­gion in June alone — eight of which were in Burnie.

Ci­tyLink chair­man David Pease, who owns a shoe store, said while he had no firm sta­tis­tics on the prob­lem, thefts ap­peared to be at their high­est level in a long time.

“A cou­ple of re­tail­ers have had a re­ally bad run,” Mr Pease said. “An in­ci­dent where a sus­pected shop lifter be­came ag­gres­sive with a re­tailer has sparked this meet­ing and calls for bet­ter ways to deal with the prob­lem as a col­lec­tive group.”

He said a lo­cal IGA su­per­mar­ket had been hit hard.

“We are also hear­ing anec­do­tally that the big chain su­per­mar­kets are also deal­ing with a spike in shoplift­ing of­fences,” he said.

Ci­tyLink is us­ing a Ci­typrom Launce­s­ton re­tail­ers’ ini­tia­tive as a guide to form­ing its own strat­egy.

Un­der the Launce­s­ton Re­tail Part­ner­ship, a Launce­s­ton Re­tail Watch so­cial me­dia page was es­tab­lished.

The pri­vate Face­book group, made up of 170 re­tail­ers, shares in­for­ma­tion in real time about thefts.

In­for­ma­tion about of­fend­ers is posted in the hope it serves as a de­ter­rent to shoplift­ing and also gives re­tail­ers in­for­ma­tion on who to watch out for.

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