LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM)- As of May 31, the LaGrange Police Department has observed a 75% increase in reported shoplifting offenses within the city of LaGrange. Numbers show that at this time in 2017 it went up from 126 reported offenses to 221 reported offenses for 2018.
The LaGrange Police Department seeks to foster community assistance in being aware of the impact shoplifting has on the various businesses within the community.
According to the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, there are approximately 27 million shoplifters in the United States with a financial impact of approximately 50 billion dollars annually.
The LaGrange Police want people to know that shoplifting is not a victimless crime and it results in increased prices for customers in retail establishments. They ask that citizens call 911 if they witness or suspect shoplifting.