Operation Barcode nabs dozens of theft suspects: RCMP | globalnews.ca

There were a total of 34 arrests, 21 criminal charges, seven store bans and six restorative justice referrals from Operation Barcode, a police effort that targets shoplifting in cities around Canada.

The program, which has been successful across the country since it was first launched by the Vancouver Police Department, worked closely with loss prevention officers at several retailers from May 7 to May 11 to target repeat shoplifters. Did.

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“Our team plays a huge role in targeting and reducing property theft in our community and this operation continues to show its success,” says Sgt. Scott Powrie of the Community Safety Unit. “Shoplifting remains one of our Crime Severity Index drivers and we will continue these types of initiatives until these statistics change and we see more pleasing numbers as a community.”

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By assisting these officers in making arrests, uniformed and plainclothes officers are able to intervene and protect them from any violent behavior that is sometimes displayed during these incidents, the RCMP said in a press release.

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Despite a shorter-than-usual time frame, officers and their LPO counterparts delivered significant results, including the recovery of more than $6,000 in merchandise, police said.

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