Each year CrimeStoppers release numerous videos of thieves running out of retail stores with stolen merchandise. The majority of shoplifters steal in response to an impulse. The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) conducted a survey which found that around 73% of shoplifting incidents are not premeditated.
As a response to the scope and severity of organized retail crime concerns across the State of Alabama, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers has joined forces with retailers and law enforcement agencies to share information regarding organized retail crime at the local and state level. Together we have formed C.A.R.T. or Coalition Against Retail Theft.
In 2019, retail businesses filed 214 felony warrants and 464 misdemeanor warrants against shoplifters. Since 2015, 1,723 criminal charges have been filed through CART. These charges would not have been made if retail businesses were not communicating and attending our retail theft prevention meetings. These meetings are held monthly in Prattville, Montgomery, Hoover, and Leeds, Alabama.
Please help us continue to decrease retail theft in the River Region by spreading the word and advising the retail community about our program.
Tony A. Garrett [Executive Director] 507 Cloverdale Road, Suite 101
Montgomery, AL 36106-1878
Direct: 334-777-8116 / Call Center: 334-215-7867