Shoplifting crimes tend to pick up this time of year as everyone heads toward the holidays. That being said, Criminal defense lawyers want you to go over the nuances of shoplifting cases and some of the risks you may face should you be caught in the act.
For starters, self-checkout can be a pretty risky place to try to steal something. Understand, stores have worked incredibly hard to build up their protections in and around the self-checkout area of their stores. It’s easier for them to monitor and that’s why stores now have so many self-checkout kiosks. They typically only have to pay one employee to check out 5 – 8 people at one time. You may be thinking: how on earth do they keep up with who is doing what at each self-checkout window?
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Every store has a group of people called “loss prevention officers” and they are constantly monitoring every person that enters the store. They have a protocol of the who, what, when, and where to monitor someone and they are watching like hawks. Camera technology has enabled them to be able to see so much more than they could ever before and this has led to a lot of arrests for shoplifting and larceny crimes.
These cameras also keep up with what you scan and don’t scan at the self-checkout kiosk. They’ll know and just before you walk out of the store, you will most likely be approached by a loss prevention officer who asks you to come with them. Please do not risk a criminal record on account of not scanning $30 worth of items. They also keep track of price tags, so if something doesn’t ring up correctly, they will then pull the tape of that aisle and see if you changed a price tag. This is a sophisticated system and our theft lawyers know the nuances of how it works and how best to protect you and your record should you be stopped or arrested for shoplifting or larceny.
If you or someone you know is dealing with shoplifting or larceny charges, it is recommended you speak with a well-respected theft lawyer such as one from Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson, Attorneys at Law, PLLC as soon as possible. Work with a law firm that is focused on helping people with theft crimes and has been there for people who are in need.