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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Solvrdiy, Odob.r 3, 1971 THB LETHBRIDGB HERAID 25 Shoplifting Canada's major crime Business Talk was a shoplifter hours this week. Aw heck, let's call a spade a spade I was a THIEF for 5% hours this week. I boosted ?522.26 worth of merchandise from four city stores. The value of the goods stoier. was actually a little more than that, but what price does one put on a store's dem- onstration stereo tape, or on the case for Inspector Ralph Michelson's spectacles. My shoplifting there I go again! My STEALING (that's what shoplifting UO was car- ried out Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, It would have all been done by Wednesday but the stores in this city for some strange reason close Wednes- day afternoons. If I had been caught doing my duly work, I could have faced a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Based on average net profit, the four stores would have had to sell worth of mer- chandise without profit to make up for the worth of goods I stole. If a retail article is stolen, which represents a 10-cent net profit (net profit is what the store realizes after all ex- penses have been a store would have to sell 50 of the same items without profit just to make up the loss suffered. Shoplifting and theft of mer- chandise by store employees the biggest crime in Canada and the U.S. today and it is growing by leaps and bounds yearly. In the U.S., according to sev- eral publications, businesses are losing between billion a profit margin of one to two per cent of sales, have had to close their doors and go into bankruptcy because of thefts. How many people are shop- lifters? One Lethbridge store security officer says that one out of every 15 persons that en- ters the store where he is em- ployed is a shoplifter. A host of other studies show- ed one in 8.5 customers to one in 52 customers were shoplift- ers. One in ten A U.S. study which concluded that one in 10 is JIM MAYBIE Illillllllllllilllllli tape. The job took 1V4 hours. After discussing shoplifting with Insp. Michelson and Sgt. Brummitt, I left Insp. Michel- son's office with the case for his glasses. Of course, all merchandise as returned to the owners. said that only caught. Shoplifting and I w.-s satisfied in my own mind that the reported losses and the number of thefts are no exaggeration. IT'S CRIM- say the least. Insp. Michelson reports that two to three persons a week are convicted in Lethbridge magis- trate's court of shoplifting. If Ihe value of the goods stol- en is less than (lie thief .vhich concluded [aces a ible jail sentcnce 15 a of too years. If the value of the one in is gQods is more tnan Ihe penalty could be 10 years Two new firms open in city pilferage and 6 billion yearly to ployee- and shoplifters. No, that' not a misprint it's bil- lion, spelled with a capital B. Consumer pays Who pays for these thefts, these losses? The consumer of course. If thefts by customers and employees could be stopped, prices could be reduced con- siderably, one city store man- ager said. One report I came across said thai if a firm doing million in sales volume can re- duce its losses by one-half per cent, it would have the same profit result if it had increased its sales volume by million. Hundreds of stores in Can- ada and the U.S., operating on losses amount to one to per cent of gross sales, it said. One store 1 stole from said shoplifting losses were about half a per cent and staff thefts slightly more than hall a per cent. Another said losses to staff and customers amount to two per cent. Another at- tributed half of the losses to paper errors with the remain- ing chalked up six-tenths of a per cent of gross sales to shop- lifters and two-tenths to staff. The figures, I thought were astounding. I cannot ever re- call shoplifting, not even as a child. I cringe when my wife steals a grape in the super- market. I stood by the grape counter once and watched three other cusomters sample grapes not one each but sev- eral. Only one bought. A survey of friends and of- fice staff showed to my horror, that everyone had shoplifted at one time or another. Some had the pants scared off them after they were caught and never did it again. Others had more than one experience. My experiences will last a lifetime. Monday I spent two hours stealing a 20- gallon garbage can costing a sheet and a quar- ter-inch rotary rasp worth 99 cents for a boost of I made two trips out of the store, i'shook all the time I was in the store, after I left the store, and my stomach went around week and around as I tried supper down. to get IN EDMONTON Stay At the RIVIERA THE HOTEL WITH MORE TO OFFER AND WE NOW HAVE COLORED TV For Your Convenience in Making Reservation! CALL AND ASK FOR LONG DISTANCE ZEnith 0-7255 at no cost to you JVIERA cC MOTOR HOTEL 5359 Calgary Trail Edmonton, Alberln Phone: (103} 434-3431 Telex: 037-2.510 Tuesday I stole a component stereo from another store. I went back in and stoic a pah- of pliers, a S1.29 lock, coasters worth 49 cents, and a 69-cent measuring tape for a boost of That took hours. I still shook. Nice bike Thursday I boosted a ten-speed bicycle from a third store. I secreted it away, went back and heisted a huge shop vacuum cleaner bigger than a garbage can. The jobs took half an hour. I went to a fourth store, was followed by a plain-clothes se- curity officer for awhile who admitted later he didn't see me hide anything. I left the store with a jade cuff link and tie tack set, six pair of women's bikini panties, size medium, worth 93 cents each, a bottle of Aspirin at 53 cents and the demonstration stereo in prison. First offenders in Lethbndge are usually fined for thefts under and considerably more for thefts over Sub- sequent offences can mean a fine and jail. Record for life But worse than the fine is the fact that all thieves, whether they steal a 35-cent greeting card, a power tool or a stereo, are guilty of a criminal offence. They are fin- gerprinted and photographed and that record sticks with them for life. They are not bondable. One stupid, unthinking act, or one cheap thrill, can restrict their travel opportunities for the rest of their lives, reduce or eliminate their chances of ob- taining a visa, perhaps ruin their favored career. Who are these shoplifters? Insp. Michelson said they are a good cross section of this community. They are children, teenagers, housewives, senior citizen.. Rarely are the stolen goods really needed. There is no professional mob in Leth- bridge but the professionals do drop in from Calgary now and then and make a real haul. One store manager said 80 per cent of the thieves caught in his store are in the age ca- tegory up to 21. With the ex- ception of juveniles, the store's policy is to charge everyone caught. The security service picks up five to six shoplifters on a weekend. In the last six months more than 100 have been apprehended. In a three-month period one supermarket manager person- ally nabbed 180 shoplifters. A store security officer says the average age of shoplifters is 17 years. As many males as females are involved. Saturday is the big day for shoplifters but they are active all week long. Forty-eight per Two new firms are ready do business in the city TRAVEL CRAFT SALES AND RENTALS LTD. and SKI SCENE SPORTS. Traveleraft Sales and Ser- vice Ltd., owned and operated by Lou Schikowsky, is located on a former service station lot at 2nd Ave. and 9th St. S., at the south end of the 9th St. bridge. Mr. Schikowsky is in the business of selling Supper campers and holiday trailers and Mote-Ski power toboggans and renting of truck campers (but no trailers, chas- sis mounts and motor homes. He carries hitches, parts and accessories (including cloth- ing) related to his products. Next summer he plans to also be in the boat business. Mr. Schikowsky had been in the car business in Lethbridge since He opened his new business earlier this week and held an official opening today. Ski Scene Sports, owned and operated by Dieter Gemgross, is to open its doors Monday in the College Mall, adjacent to the College Mall'cafeteria. The opening of the square-foot store has been de- layed by late shipment of Eu ropean sporting equipment. Al of the s to c k is ex pected to be in place by No- vemb Several lines of skis, includ ing Kaestle and Blizard of Aus tria and Erbacher of German) d Norwegian and Swedi Mighty market softens ross-country and touring skis, re being carried. Several varieties of ski boots and clothing will also be han- dled. The store will hfi handling a variety of other sporting equip- ment including hotkey lines, golf, hiking equipment, 10- speed bicycles, badminton, squash, training suits, hand- lall gloves, runninfi shoes and host of other equipment. Mr. Gcrngross, a former em- ployee of the Family Y, has icen in Lethbridge since 1969. In other local business devel- opments: SKELTON'S JEWELLERY, owned and operated by Mar- garet Skelton since 1958, plans lo move from 327 5th St. S. about the end of October into the former Tip Top Tailors premises in the IOOF Build- ing, 4th Ave. and 5lh St. S. TOYOTA TRAVEL CEN- TRE on the Coutts highway did sueh good business last year (retail sales exceeded mil- lion) that it is in the process of doubling its service facili- ties. Besides handling Toyota tracks and cars, the centre also handles Skylark trailers and campers, Empress motor homes and Wickes mobile homes. The expansion is expected to be completed before the end o this vear. By PETEIl LEIC1INITZ Canadian Press Staff Writer Canada's economic situation continued to darken this week and the result was the worst price-hammering on Canadian stock markets this year. One analyst said: "President Nixon's announcement that the current price and wage freeze in the United States will be fol- lowed by continued firm re- straints has created an air of uncertainty regarding the future progress of the Canadian econ- omy." In addition, there has been no word from Washington as to v.'hcn tire 10 per cent duty or. mporls will be removed. This tax has already had an dverse effect on the Canadian with an increasing lumber of layoffs in all sectors industry. The Toronto market's In- dustrial index, considered _ major indicator of market movement dropped 2.5.1 points o 170.82. Tuesday, the index its second-largest de- cline of the year losing 2.11 joints. Wednesday, it closed at owcst level since Nov. 27, 1970 168.21. At New York, the markel closed moderately lower forth; secondconsecutive week. On the Montreal and Cana dian Exchanges, the compositi index was down 2.33 points t( 175.83. Combined volume on the tw< e x c h a n g e s was 6.07 million shares, compared with 4.54 mi! lion last week. Volume at Toronto was S.75 million shares, up fractionally from 9.58 million last week. Prices dropped sharply during the first three sessions of trad- ing, recovering part of their losses in what observers termed "bargain-buying" Thursday and Friday. Thursday's advance in- terrupted nine consecutive los- ing sessions on the Toronto ex- change. Much of the decline resulted rom pressure from Wall Street. "Stocks listed on both Cana- ian and U.S. exchanges havo uttered sharp declines in the U.S. during recent weeks. While these Individual declines not had a .serious effect on U.S. market s, the corresponding drop in Canada has pulled our markets sharply one an- alyst said. Bond prices Supplied by Doherty floadhouse and McCuaie Bros, GOVERNMENT OF CANADA BONDS GOVERNMENT OP CANADA GUARANTEED BONDS :on. Hoi. Rlwr. Bld ACT Man Tel '74 100.00 '74 100.00 INDUSTKIAl Alia G Tr 9 Alcan !I B.C For K B.C Tel 9'.h I Bell Tel 9'i 4'i' .Apr 1, '71 Matured ._. Sept. 1, '72 99.75 100.001 Bell lei "i Oct' 1, '75 99.00 100.00! CPU Jul.' 1, CP Sec 9V; Sept 1, '83 83.75 H.251 Cdn Utll 1. 3 Vi Sep. 15 39.00 41.00 iCMHC Apr. 1, '75 102.00 103.00 Jul. Sep. '75 104.00 105.110 PA Inter P P 9V '90 106.00 107.00 '91 107.50 '92 104.00 106.00 '90 106.00 '79 106.00 '93 106.00 '89 106.00 108.00 '00 103.50 105.SC '91 104.00 '90 104.00 '90 104.00 106.00 '90 106.00 '92 84.00 86.03 j Noranda Kr'- '90 100.00 lint Nickel '90 106.00 PROVINCIAl Tr Cdn P 9V" '90 108.00 110.00 Alberta "JO 10-1.50 106.50 Tr Cdn P 10'i '90 109.00 111.00 Ontario 7 '88 92.00 94.00 Ont Hyd 9 '.1 '94 103.00 105.00 New Br '90 107.00 109.00 ;AHa Gas T Nfld 8 '74 100.00 i Cons Gas S'.i' CONVERraiEJ N. S. '92 87.00 89.00 i Scur Rain 7U'l liiebec '74100.00 i Tr Cdn P 5 Alberta '90 106.00 108.00 WC Tr C 5Vz" Man Hyd 8 '91 10G.OO 108.00 WC Tr Sask '90 106.00 Dynasty 7 rl Nfld '90 106.00 108.00 Acklands '90 124.00 127.00 99.00 100.00 '88 88.00 90.00 94.00 96.00 '88 89.00 91.00 '91 113.00 116.00 '82 70.00 75.00 '88 74.00 79.00 MAJOR OIL COMPANY HAS FOR LEASE HIGH VOLUME SERVICE STATION WITH COFFEE SHOP AND UV1NG QUARTERS ATTACHED Located on Highway No. 3 Apply lo BOX 110, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Giving Particular! of Experience ond Capital Available. -hy WH MISCEU.ANV ACROSS H. H. Smith Ltd. Customs Broker C011TTS Phons 344-382} 1 Bidders opposite. 6 10 Mennonlto sect. 15 Douceur. 18Taks care 19 Centralizes. ZOSometimr 21 Chinese poet. 22 86 Sens.' collcnnucs. Pyrenees peak. 28 Takes It easy. 29 Water- courses. 30 Gl wear, for short. 31 Cash. 32 Zeroed In OH. 33 Progress. 34 World's busiest, airport. 86 Preclude. 37 Diners: Uat 38 Overlooked. 40 Carrot's cousin. 41 Wins at chess. 42CunctatIon. 45 Mineshaft borer. 46 Mysterious 47 Cuts back. 48 Jaeger. 49 Indian 50 Particle. E1 Obfuscates, 62 Common contraction 53 Ordinal ending. 54 Stage fare. 56 Small change. 67 Greeting. E8 Dregs. 60 N, African port. 61 Car part. 62 Spring bloomer. 63 United SUtes aircraft carrier. 69 70 Pulls. 71 Lisa. 72Sanda.rac tree. 73 Alarms. 75 Salad ingredient. 76 Shrivels. 78 Adherent. 79 Put on thfl' agenda. EO Utter. 81 Creepers.. 82 Made of flaX. 84 Military addressee. 85 French painter. 86 Connectives. 87 Expressed. 88 Accelerate. E9 Wed. 90 Les girlt. 92 Angers. 93 Elicits. cent of the shoplifting is done between 3 and 6 p.m. with the next busiest period between 1 and 3 p.m. The average price of goods taken is between ?5 and ?G, he said. Other surveys showed the average prices between and Losses high One survey showed theft losses ranged from 20 to 70 per cent of net profit. The average department store nets 23 cents for every in sales, it said. Pilfering and shoplifting losses amount to 16 cents for every in sales which is equal to two-thirds of the net profit. Some stores have reported losses to shoplifters and staff over a year are equal to or greater than net profit. Another report says that-for every in sales volume, losses range from ?10 to Some store operators haven't a clue how much is stolen from their shops. About 25 per cent of shoplift- ing occurs prior to Christmas. What can be done to reduce shoplifting and staff pilfering? Want to know more about shop- lifters? Read next week's col- umn. DOWN DRAFTSMAN ATCO (WESTERN) LTD. has an immediate opening for a Draftsman two or more years experience in pre-fabricated building production draw- ings. Successful completion of a Drafting Course and general construc- tion experience an asset. Reply in writing stating salary expected to: ATCO (WESTERN) LTD. 5115 Crowchild Trail, S.W. CALGARY 10, Alberta ATTENTION! PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT I NL. player, up (mads secure. 5 Gets by. E An glen's pear. 6 Had in store. 7 Boorish ones, S Sailor's saint, 9 UN member. 10 Deerfeature. II Acted kittenish. 12 Roman time. 13Thus: Scot. 14 Waters. 15 Kibitzers, 1C Stage Jarc. 17 Ballads rhymes. 19 Set down. Traditional- ly out 21 Pry. 23 24 Of an clement. Preferences. wide. 32 Half: pref. 33 Dishes out, 35 Indinn, 36 Beach features. 37 Small vehicles. 38 Pronoun. 39 Kitchen gadget 40 Routine. 41 Project directors. 43 Family member. 44 Attendance. 46 Brutus or Antony. 47 Leftist: sT. 48 Glandular secretion. 5061-homer man. 51 Resources. 95 96 Inert gas. 97 Metal- working tools. 98 Authority! colloq. 99 One of the Thompsons. 101 Small amount. (04 Landlord's concerns, 105 Finnish faath. 106 Tufted bunches. 108 Excuse. 112 Chemical endings. 113 Theater district. 114 Cultivates. 115 Thespian, 116 Pro. 117 Advantages. 118 Bonnet occupant. 119CrosspatcTl. 61 Unenlhused. 62 Softens breeches. 65 Perpendicu- lar. 66 Mires. 67 Kind of sail. 68 Inclines. 73 Betelgeuse, for one. 74 Lookout or Fear. 75 Ice-cream 52 In the pink. 76 Port and E5 Hero and sherry. heroine, 77 Runnered 55 Tors. vehicle. 57 Laiy SO Aye and nay. 85 Guarantee. 59 Compllca- S1 French 87 Alters In tions. dance. appearance. 106 Nursery Item. 107 See 111-0. 109 Assist 110 Call 111 Make107-D. Vlagrojnless 21 x 21, George ACROSS 1 Display frameworV- 6 Atop. 6 Seasoned sausage. E Creeping madder. 9 Endure. 13 Nap. 15 Fraternal order. continent. 18 Likens. 22 Door hammer. Baltimore player. 25 Frozen crystals. 26 The "I." 27 Acquiesces. 28 Allotment, 29 Soakflnx. 30 Sonp alkali. 31 Nutmeg. 3? Limicoline birds. 3R Slip 37 Lyric.poem. 40 Waiter's gift Cnrunrtiim. Earhart. 47 Single. 48 Full of zest 49 BobwhTtett 60 Utterly unyielding, 62 Science of clocks. 54 Extreme, 55 Weight. 58 Prayer's end. 59 Piquancy. CO Wise answer. 62 State. 63 Sacred Nils bird. 6-1 Snivel. 1 Prrr.ept. 2 Swiftly. 3 Dish for tortillas. 4 GIm 6 Dimension. 7 Imitates. 9 Resin. 10 Inquirer. 11 Long wear; time. 12 Old playlnfl cai-d. 13 Valley. 14 Natural miner.! Is. 16 Sleeps nc-ieily. 18 Black fuel Drunken revelry. 20 Deep 51 American, ai-hor. 23 Be indebtei to, 25 Front part of leg. 28 Resort. 31 That girl. 32 Pf-nd back. 33 pertaining to light particles. B4 Flat-bottom boat. 35 37 Hodgepodge 38 Rrll sound, 3D Lenient. 40 Leaping 41 Counliy irt Asia. Lustrous 44 Seaport, gem. formerly 43 Division of ptolemais. geologic timi 45 Satellite. addition 61 Seaver or 52 Ntmnus. 53 Augury. 56 Howling monkey. 67 Morning service. 61 Sepulchral, crest. CRYPTOGRAMS -WHODOLV OOWABNOl, TDCKOK. 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