CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien and Chico Chamber of Commerce President Katie Simmons say the Chico Retail Watch Program that launched in February is making a difference.
The Retail Watch initiative partners law enforcement with retail representatives in monthly meetings to discuss theft prevention, reporting and prosecution, state and local regulations and the best way to identify and reduce shoplifting in Chico. It's headed-up by the Chico Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Chico Business Association and the Chico Police Department.
Chief O'Brien and Simmons appeared on Action News Now at Noon with Linda Watkins-Bennett Friday, where the Chief said the program is resulting in more calls from businesses reporting shoplifting and similar crimes. Those cases have also led to arrests for vehicle theft, drugs, weapons and outstanding warrants.
He also said that shoplifting was impacting local retailers to the tune of millions of dollars per year, but that it doesn't just impact business ... as often those who are shoplifting are supporting some kind of illegal habit.
The Retail Watch meetings are only open to people affiliated with retail businesses. You can find out more about when and where they take place by visiting the Chico Chamber of Commerce Website here, visiting the Chico Retail Watch Facebook page or calling the Chico Chamber of Commerce or the Downtown Chico Business Association.