The Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) has encouraged retailers to review their security and be extra vigilant following a spate of incidents across Victoria in particular.
ALSA CEO Terry Mott, told TheShout that the association was concerned that a report regarding the problem in Victoria might in fact encourage more people to try stealing from stores.
“Following a series of armed robberies and significant shoplifting incidents in Victorian retail outlets of all types, over the last couple of years questions have been raised about the response by Police and the need for the Victorian Government to act decisively on these matters and provide some policy support to act on the regular reporting from retail industry members of incidents, plus meetings, workshops and forums involving Police in the intervening period,” Mott said.
“ALSA-SEA is meeting with the Victorian Police Minister’s office this week to seek support for more resources and action by Police and to ramp up a meaningful response to the situation.”
He added: “Following a story on Channel 9 National TV News last night, all retailers may need to be on the lookout for shoplifters who may be encouraged by the story.
“It may be worthwhile taking extra steps to review and if needed tighten security in your outlets.”
ALSA offers its members advice on security and loss prevention as one of the modules it offers through its ALSATrain online learning program.