While holiday season means an increase in sales, it also means you’re likely to see an increase in theft.
With the number of shoplifting arrests increasing lately, the Florence Police Department provided some insight on how shoplifting affects businesses.
Officer Chad Breedwell first began by stating what extra security looks like for businesses throughout the holidays.
"All of the different type of stores, they’ll hire extra security during this time, and they’ll stage us either at the front door or different exits throughout the store to make sure nobody’s shoplifting during that time," said Breedwell.
When businesses are hit by shoplifters, Breedwell said it typically leads to a price increase on items to make up for what companies call "shrinkage."
Breedwell also said FPD will be putting up a social media post advising people on how they can protect themselves and their belongings, as not just shoplifting but burglaries go up during this time of year.