SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force (SPF) have arrested a 42-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of shop theft.
On June 10 at around 11.30am, the police were informed that a pair of sunglasses, valued at about $220, was discovered missing from the display shelves of a shop in Orchard Road.
After investigation, officers arrested the suspect on June 15 in Orchard Road.
If convicted, the man faces a maximum punishment of seven years' imprisonment and is also liable to a fine.
The police advise retailers to take actions in preventing shop theft and to reduce losses by adopting the following measures:
- Employ sufficient staff to keep an eye on merchandise, especially during peak periods, so that the store is not left unattended.
- Adopt a service approach towards loss prevention. Should staff detect suspicious persons in the shop, they should pay more attention to them.
- Be alert to customers who ask excessive and irrelevant questions. This could be a distraction to divert the attention of staff while other accomplices commit the theft.
- Install Closed Circuit Televsion cameras at the entrance and exit of the store. Do ensure that the cameras are regularly serviced and in good working condition.
- Expensive items displayed should be locked.
- Install convex mirrors to cover blind corners.
- Install an Electronic Article Surveillance System and adopt "double tagging" for high value merchandises. This means to use both overt and covert tags.