Small businesses prepare for shoplifters this holiday season

Newman's layout of her business was designed to keep an eye on foot traffic.

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The holidays are here and many people will be on the hunt to find the perfect gift.

While small businesses are gearing up for the busy time of year, they are also looking at ways to prevent shoplifters.

Columbus business owner, Emma Newman, tries to prevent shoplifting during the holidays, by getting more hands on deck.

“We try to circulate the store and with the holidays coming up we do employ more people. That means more hands-on and also more eyes just to watch the store,” Newman said.

Newman’s layout of her business was designed to keep an eye on foot traffic.

“At our storefront, we only have one entrance and exit, and that way we can watch people come in and out and from the checkout counter. It is very visible so we are able to see people as they leave and as they enter and make sure items are always placed in bags,” Newman said.

For safety and security measures, the business has cameras throughout the store that are on at all times.

This way, they can pick up on what Newman may miss.

“We also keep smaller items like wallets, knives, and keychains close to the counter so that way we can watch and make sure nothing goes out the door before we can say something about it,” Newman said.

While Garret is thankful for all her customers, the new entrepreneur says that stealing items hurts her business and her loyal customers.

“Right now every dollar that I do make goes back into the business so even if it is a small purchase it does help me out and stealing takes away from that and that is just money coming out of my pocket just walking out the door,” said  Newman.

Newman is expecting a lot of traffic with black friday and small business Saturday coming up.

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