PX reports new shoplifting, resulting costs, figures

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Customers who shop at the Schofield Barracks Exchange helped generate more than $1.3 million last year for Army programs. (Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii)

Customers who shop at the Schofield Barracks Exchange helped generate more than $1.3 million last year for Army programs. (Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii)

Hawaii Army & Air Force
Exchange Service
News Release
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, there are approximately 27 million shoplifters in America, accounting for more than $35 million a day in losses.

This fact is not lost on retailers, such as the military’s retailer, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

While it may not be evident to the naked eye, the Schofield Exchange employs a variety of shoplifting prevention measures, such as closed circuit televisions with DVR technology, high-tech electronic article surveillance and an aggressive youth awareness campaign to prevent theft.

Last year, Exchange efforts led to a 27 percent decrease in theft, from 22 incidents in 2012 to 16.

Sophisticated anti-shoplifting measures are also being cited as a factor in reducing the costs of products involved in detected cases from $1,852.63 to $1,308.05 in 2013.

Because the Exchange is a military organization with a retail mission, those who steal from the Exchange are, in essence, stealing from their fellow Airmen.

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“Shoplifting at the Hickam Exchange results in a reduced return on investment to our primary shareholders — the military community,” said the Exchange’s Denise Stanley, store manager. “Additionally, since the Exchange is part of the Department of Defense, theft from the Exchange is considered larceny of government property.”

If shoplifting is suspected, the Exchange Loss Prevention office turns the issue over to the installation’s law enforcement authorities. In addition to possible disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution, the Federal Claims Collection Act allows the Exchange to enact a flat, administrative cost (civil recovery) of $200.

There may be further fees, in addition to the Civil Recovery Program, depending on the condition of the stolen merchandise.

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