Shoplifting at the Exchange hurts community

| October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
In this photo, a teenager simulates shoplifting a candy bar at the Main Exchange, Schofield Barracks. Shoplifting hurts not only the Exchange, but its patrons also. (Aiko Brum | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

In this photo, a teenager simulates shoplifting a candy bar at the Main Exchange, Schofield Barracks. Shoplifting hurts not only the Exchange, but its patrons also. (Aiko Brum | U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Wayne Yoshino
Juvenile Review Board, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Exchange facility, here, continues to deal steadily with individuals who are stealing from their store.

Although many cameras are situated at strategic areas, customers still believe they won’t be caught and can get away with this crime.

When a person shoplifts from the Exchange, that individual is “stealing from his/her own.”

To make up for the stolen items, the Exchange will then raise prices to make up for the differences, and that action affects all military families and retirees.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service was formed to assist military families in purchasing goods at lower prices than the outside economy. However, with the continual waves of shoplifting taking place at the stores, concern is high within Army leadership and among the great majority of residents that prices will not stay competitive.

A number of recent offenders have been minors and juveniles. The need is growing to get the message to our young people that shoplifting anywhere is wrong and needs to be stopped immediately.

Here are some simple tips to curb shoplifters:

  • Report any suspicious incidents to a store employee.
  • Spread the word that shoplifting is not tolerated.
  • Teach family members to resist and prevent shoplifting.
  • Be proactive and vigilant towards potential shoplifters.

If Soldiers and Army families will make shoplifting prevention a team project, and not depend on a few individuals, shoplifting can and will be eradicated considerably.

Be a part of the solution to prevent shoplifting at stores and businesses in your community.

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