Posted by: Curtis Baillie, CSC | June 5, 2008

Police Post Photos of Shoplifters


Avondale, Arizona is posting the photos of suspected shoplifters on its website. Here’s the related article by Elias C. Arnold, a reporter from AZ Central.com.  The article states, ‘The photos, to be posted for about a month, name the suspects and their alleged targets, whether they have been convicted or not. Police envision the newly launched Web page as a tool for store workers to potentially connect unsolved thefts with a known suspect.”

Thus type of “cowboy justice” is not new to Arizona. Maricopa County Sheriff is famous for his methods for housing Maricopa County jail inmates.  Sheriff Joe Arpiao has housed inmates in tents, issued pink underwear, socks, bed sheets, and handcuffs when these items started disappearing. The problem was solved.

Kudos to the Avondale Police Department for thinking outside of the box.

Curtis Baillie, Principal Consultant – Security Consulting Strategies, LLC

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