After catching four shoplifters red-handed in her Bowral store in seven days, Donna Smith is understandably annoyed.
Ms Smith has been working at Bob Roger Clothing Store in Oxley Mall for 12 years including 18 months as owner/manager, but said he has never witnessed such a rapid occurrence of stealing.
And now she has been forced to take extra measures to keep watch on such offenders.
Extra staff are working more shifts to ‘protect stock’, a measure she conceded is more expensive, but is something she just had to do.
“Four shoplifters in seven days is pretty unbelievable,” she said.
Ms Smith said it was her shop’s policy to immediately hand over shoplifters to the Police to discourage repeat offenders.
And to further combat crime in the local area, Ms Smith said she liases with similar shop operators in Bowral, including Southern Jeans and Brafel to inform them of anyone suspicious.
All staff at Bob Roger Clothing Store are now particularly wary of their customers, as Ms Smith stressed that shoplifters were of all ages.
“It’s not just the kids – it’s the adults as well,” she said.
Ms Smith said Bowral may be more attractive for criminals from outside the area, as she believes there are not as many Police patrolling the streets as in Macarthur or the South Coast.
Following the recent string of offences, Police have sent a stern warning to local schools stating that they will not tolerate such actions, and offenders will be prosecuted, regardless of age.
Bowral Detective Mark Harris said it was important that the community, particularly parents, was aware of the problem, which in turn, helps curb such crimes.
Although Detective Harris said the reported incidences of shoplifting was not high in this area, he thought ‘there was definitely a bit going on’.
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