Justin Michell from E-Male Lifestyle is frustrated by recent shoplifting thefts from his store.
Justin Michell from E-Male Lifestyle is frustrated by recent shoplifting thefts from his store.

Business owner angry over shoplifting



JUSTIN Michell works hard to keep his small Gladstone business going but trouble with children had him pleading to parents.

Mr Michell said he has had a number of problems with youths taking items from his clothing store.

'It's completely frustrating,' Mr Michell said.

'It's like inviting someone into your home and them stealing from you.'

The store owner said police had previously helped reprimand youths but he believed prevention started earlier.

Mr Michell said the problem could be improved with increased awareness on the part of the parents.

'I think parents have a responsibility to know what their kids are obtaining,' Mr Michell said.

He said parents should have a good idea of what their kids were doing and whether some of their things may not belong to them.

'It's about knowing what their kids are bringing into their households,' Mr Michell said.

'Parents should be more aware and make their kids accountable.'

Mr Michell attended a police crime prevention seminar, BizSafe, this week.

He said the police initiative proved helpful and productive for business owners.

Crime prevention officer Senior Constable Mia Hubert said Gladstone businesses had been keen to learn how they could improve their business security.

'It was one of the best turnouts we've had for BizSafe,' Snr Const Hubert said.

'The next step is to read the course manual, conduct a security assessment and their risks.'

Snr Const Hubert said police hoped to hold more seminars in the future addressing different business security topics.



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