Retailers Tackle Shoplifting Problem

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Technology has improved and helped to stop shoplifters. Stores are relying more than ever on surveillance cameras to catch people in the act.

Law enforcement says some of the cameras used today are so inconspicuous customers don't know they're there.

"Of course, that documents what occurs in the store and can be used as evidence against an individual who's attempting to shoplift," said Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun.

David Carr, vice-president of Truckers Supply, says that his store is blanketed with surveillance.

"You get out of your car till the time you come inside, we have cameras all around this store, both sides, front, back and inside," said Carr. "And if you are caught stealing something we will prosecute; that's our store policy."

The latest technology allows owners and managers to see what's going on at their place of business, from any location, using their cell phones.

For those who are caught shoplifting, the consequences can be severe.

"They go to seek employment, as they seek housing, younger people, they are looking at scholarships ,trying to go to college, those are all factors that can come back at a later date," said Calhoun.

The Global Retail Theft Monitor estimates about $1.48 billion worth of merchandise was shoplifted during the Christmas shopping season worldwide in 2011.