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Dover Shoplifting Notifications to Start August 11th

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An example of what the shoplifter notifications will look like on the Dover Police Department website and social media An example of what the shoplifter notifications will look like on the Dover Police Department website and social media
 DOVER, Del. - Beginning the week of August 11th, the Dover Police Department will start displaying shoplifting arrest information on its website and social media platforms.  Officers say shoplifters who are apprehended from August 8th until August 14th will be in the first release, scheduled for August 15th.

Since 2011, the Dover Police Department says it has investigated 2,773 shoplifting cases, averaging 2.5 per day. Police say, in an effort to help reduce the amount of shoplifting cases, the department will begin a weekly notification displaying the names and booking photos of those arrested. Police say this will apply to anyone who shoplifts, no matter the dollar amount, store or reasoning, as long as they are 18 years old or older. Police say the goal of the notifications is to notify stores in Dover offenders in hopes of being able to reduce the number of shoplifting cases.
                                                                                                                                 
Police say the majority of shoplifting cases are committed by repeat offenders and the department's goal is that by releasing the information, store employees will be better informed when monitoring their stores and inventory, and suspects will think twice before stealing merchandise in fear that their name and photo will be shared with the public.

Police say the first release of shoplifting suspects will begin in the month of August. They say the department will provide announcements through their website and social media outlets ahead of the first release in order to give suspects fair warning of the new program.

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