Stores Help Stop Shoplifters

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- The beep of the price scanner is the sound of holiday shopping. On black Friday, stores all over the basin, played the symphony of the scanners while shopper shopped. Stores take extreme measures keep shoplifters from dipping into your deals.

"We use cases and spider wrap, we make sure certain items still end up in the lock up case, and you have to have keys, and we use runners and they will actually carry it up to the register for the customers," said the General Manager of Best Buy, Mike Williams, about the stores policy on theft.

It becomes a juggling act, keeping products accessible to customers and hard to steal for shoplifters.

"At some point you lose some things but what you hope is that the volume sell by having it where your customers can get to it a little easier will make up for what you lose," said Williams who says they haven't had any shoplifters today.

In fact, overall in Midland and Odessa, police only handled two calls. But Williams says preventative measures are the best way to handle the crowd.

"The police force brought out their Mobile Unit this morning, and we do have an officer that comes out in the morning that does help us with crowd control. Thankfully we haven't had to use him for much, he is kind of there," said Williams.

At Circuit City, they limited the number of people in the store at one time and stationed employees at the door.