HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Police want to continue the downward trend of shoplifting in the city.
Officers have been combating the issue of thieves stealing from stores and businesses for years. Their efforts in curbing the issue can be seen in the results of 74 fewer incidents over the past five years.
Detectives say a recent program launched in April will surely help the numbers go down.
The department’s “stop stealing” campaign targets repeat offenders stealing in High Point. People with four or more prior larceny convictions, anywhere, will be charged with felony larceny.
Offenders who have a track record of stealing have been notified and told if they continue to steal, they’ll have increased penalties.
Those penalties will include an upgrade in the level of charge, from a misdemeanor to a felony. Criminals will also see an increase in jail time. Also, bond could double for repeat offenders when arrested if there are pending charges for a separate, unrelated crime.
Since the program was launched officials say at least a dozen criminals have been impacted.
Officers say they’ve already flagged 370 people in the system that could potentially be impacted by these harsher policies.