A local effort to reduce theft by issuing no trespassing notices to shoplifters has had positive results, according to a quarterly statistics presentation by the Riverton Police Department.
RPD Captain Wes Romero said the number of shoplifting had “significantly” dropped since 2017, when his agency responded to 233 such calls.
In 2021, Romero said the number had dropped to 80, and in the first quarter of 2022 there were only 13 reports of shoplifting – down from 21 in the first quarter of 2021, 20 in in the first quarter of 2020 and 30 in the first quarter of 2019.
Much of the change can be attributed to police officers working more security shifts at Walmart, a store that has seen “a pretty significant decrease in their shoplifting,” Romero said, but he also praised the city for educating business owners about local trespassing laws. .
The city has provided business owners with no trespassing forms that can be submitted to police in the event of shoplifting, city administrator Tony Tolstedt said, potentially explaining the higher number of Intrusion calls in the RPD statistical report.
Local agents responded to 54 intrusion reports in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 20 the previous year, 38 in 2020 and 27 in 2019.
However, the annual totals aren’t as consistent: the RPD responded to 119 intrusion calls in 2021, up from 139 in 2020, but up slightly from 114 in 2019.
Mayor Richard Gard pointed out that “if you are a business and an individual shoplifting from your location, you can break them in…so the next time the police show up (they) will have the opportunity to take other measures”.
“It makes it easier for the company (and) more difficult for people trying to shoplift,” Gard said, adding, “It’s one of those crimes that costs us to all a lot of money – as things get taken the prices have to go up so we appreciate that work.