Apple Contracts Police to Deter Thefts at Retail Stores
Apple is looking for new ways to deter theft from their retail stores.
- By Sydny Shepard
- Oct 09, 2018
Apple is expanding its efforts to deter thieves from their retail stores in California, as well as beefing up security to prevent further loss.
The tech giant has moved to contract local police to provide "tighter security" at its stores. These officers are paid by Apple and are privately contracted, meaning that no tax dollars are at use.
Apple already has security and police guarding its stores across the country, but this new contact is an extension of those efforts in response to safety concerns at California stores. While many malls offer their own security, their power is greatly limited, and once robbers escape the mall, there's nothing the mall security can do.
Thus far, the Sacramento police officers contracted by Apple have helped to put customers at ease, and stores have been robbery free for several weeks, according to CBS Sacramento.
The stores have long been a target of thieves, as they dash into the store and grab as many demo items as they can and bolt out again - usually in just a few minutes. Just last month, the California Department of Justice arrested 17 suspects as part of a crime ring targeting Apple stores. The thieves are accused of stealing over $1 million in product stores across the state.
Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.