Seminar to focus on theft prevention

12 years ago

By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

PRESQUE ISLE — Officials with TD Bank and a local police chief are once again sponsoring a seminar providing an opportunity for the retail community to gather and learn more about detecting signs that indicate patrons are preparing to steal merchandise.

Presque Isle Police Chief Matt Irwin will host a group of area business representatives, loss prevention experts, criminal justice experts and communications experts on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 a.m. at the police station. The Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the event.

“The initiative of this series of seminars was a discussion between the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce, Marden’s representatives and the Presque Isle Police Department on the frequency of fraud and theft in the area and the negative impact on local business,” said Theresa Fowler, CACC executive director.

Fowler said loss prevention experts and law enforcement personnel know that thieves are talking to each other, “so it’s important that business owners and managers also share information and ideas.”

A local educator is looking to use the event as a teaching tool for his students.

“Dr. Charles Johnson, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, wants to enable students in the criminal justice program to be of service to area businesses in a manner that will reduce losses. Dr. Johnson is developing a learning service component for students that will allow them opportunities to participate in law enforcement activities,” said Fowler.

Officials with TD Bank and the CACC invite interested individuals to attend the meeting to share information and discuss how working together everyone can make Presque Isle and central Aroostook County a less attractive location for fraud and theft.

If you would like to attend, call the CACC at 764-6561 or e-mail tfowler@centralaroostookchamber.com.