The Pittsfield Police Department recommends using store layout to reduce shoplifting:
Checkout: Design the layout so customers must pass the register area and staff to exit the store.
Tidy up: Keep the store neat and orderly.
Full displays and straightened shelves allow employees to notice if something is missing.
View all: Use mirrors to reduce blind spots and to see into corners where shoplifters can hide.
Under lock and key: Place small, expensive items in locked cabinets or behind the counter.
Signage: Use signs and posters reinforcing security messages and place them visibly.
Security: Closed circuit television, security tags and two-way mirrors are deterrents to shoplifting.
All theft-prevention workshops take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 1Berk shire’s executive offices on 66 Allen St.
Admission is free.
The temaining work shops in the loss prevention series are:
Nov. 1: ‘Internal Controls, Proce dures and Communication.’
Nov. 8: ’Credit Card and Checking Fraud.’
Nov. 15: ‘Shoplifting Prevention.’