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Police preparing to catch Black Friday shoplifters

Retailers are gearing up for the busiest shopping day of the year, but on Black Friday many businesses also expect an increase in shoplifting. (Photo source: WLOX) Retailers are gearing up for the busiest shopping day of the year, but on Black Friday many businesses also expect an increase in shoplifting. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Retailers are gearing up for the busiest shopping day of the year, but on Black Friday many businesses also expect an increase in shoplifting.

When stores are packed with customers D'Iberville Police Capt. Marty Griffin sees more shoplifting than usual.

"They use that to try to use that in the mass of people that are coming and going in these stores to try and simply walk out of our stores with merchandise that they've just stolen," said Griffin.

Security measures are taken all over most stores to prevent shoplifting. Also, other customers like Justin Brass from Ocean Springs are keeping an eye out.

Brass explained what he would do if he saw someone in the act of stealing.

"I would try to appeal to the person first. If they continue to do it, I might would find a manager,” said Brass.

Griffin said it's not a good idea to have face to face contact with a potential shoplifter, but instead get a detailed description of the person.

"We don't recommend and don't want our citizens to get in any kind of confrontation with these folks. If they can do it from a distance and do it safely then fine, give us that information. We don't want our citizens or our merchants to engage these people," said Griffin.

Jonathan Latch is a manager for AT&T and has personal experience dealing with shoplifters. Latch agrees with Griffin's advice to not confront a suspected shoplifter.

"It's not safe. Unfortunately, you never know what someone has on them or what they're doing these days or their state of mind," said Latch.

In D'Iberville, police will be out in full force looking for shoplifters this holiday season. The city has also taken a permanent step towards policing shoplifting.

"The city realized that we had an issue with shoplifting so we applied for and got a grant, a hot spot policing grant. What that does is we have an officer who's assigned to our merchants and that's what he does is solely work shoplifting incidents that happen here in our stores,” said Griffin.

Griffin also said he usually sees an increase of car break-ins around Black Friday and advises you to make sure your car doors are locked when shopping.

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