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LPD to Host Shoplifting Seminar

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Do you have to actually leave the store with an unpaid item to be considered a shoplifter? Laurel police plan to answer that question and more.

The LPD's training division is hosting a seminar for merchants and their employees Monday  from 10 until 11-30 a.m. at the training facility.

Capt. Tommy Cox said the goal is to update merchants on current shoplifting laws and to correct misinformation.

He said this time of year with more shoppers present, there is generally an increase in shoplifting.

"They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so we'd rather stop it than have to respond to it."

Laurel police regularly host seminars of this sort.  Anyone with a future topic idea is invited to make suggestions by calling the police station at 601-425-4711.

 

Cox also offered the following holiday safety tips:

Shopping: 

1.  Park in a well lit area and lock your vehicle.

2.  All valuables should be out of sight, preferably in the trunk.

3.  Keep purse close to your body.

4.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Walk with confidence and sense of purpose.

5.  Have your key out when returning to your vehicle.

6.  Exit shopping areas with other shoppers.

Home:

1.  Gifts and valuables should not be visible from windows.

2.  Add new gifts with serial numbers to home inventory.

Travel:

1.  Take extra care while driving.  There are extra vehicles on the road.

2.  Utilize a Designated Driver

*Report any suspicious activity whether it be at retail outlets or on the road to LPD immediately.

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