Health & Safety

August 10, 2012

Edwards AFB Exchange ‘Takes a Bite Out of Crime’

by Brittany Power
AAFES Public Affairs

According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, losses due to thefts from retail stores alone amount to more than $35 million a day.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which has contributed more than $2.4 billion to morale, welfare and recreation programs in the past 10 years, continues to focus its efforts on reducing theft to maximize the investment authorized shoppers make in their Exchange benefit.

Through an aggressive youth “Shoplifting Awareness Community Outreach” program, closed circuit televisions with DVR technology and high-tech Electronic Article Surveillance, the Edwards AFB Exchange took “a bite out of crime” last year as shoplifting decreased 29% percent, from 7 incidents in 2010 to 5.

The value of merchandise involved in local loss prevention cases also dropped from $363.83 in 2010 to $127.2.

“Our proactive, and visible, efforts to prevent shoplifting have resulted in fewer incidents as well as a decrease in the dollar amount of stolen merchandise,” said General Manager Mike Wiles. “Of course, the toll of this issue goes far beyond dollars and cents as theft can be detrimental to a military career. Every shoplifting incident that is prevented before it occurs benefits not only the individual but also our installation and Exchange.”

If shoplifting is suspected, the Edwards AFB Exchange Loss Prevention office turns the issue over to local law enforcement. In addition to possible disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution, the Federal Claims Collection Act allows the Exchange to enact a flat, administrative cost (Civil Recovery) of $200. There may be further fees, in addition to the Civil Recovery Program, depending on the condition of the stolen merchandise.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force graphic by Rebecca Amber

Being prepared in earthquake country

Air Force graphic by Rebecca Amber For National Preparedness Month, this September, the Edwards AFB Office of Emergency Management is focusing on Califorina’s most prominent natural disaster – earthquakes. Throughou...
 
 
ecig

Danger: Electronic cigarettes can blow more than smoke

According to a 2014 Center for Disease Control report, cigarette smoking in our nation has reportedly been the cause of nearly 480,000 deaths, with more than 41,000 of these deaths caused by secondhand smoke. In an attempt to l...
 
 
tobacco

Tobacco cessation in-person group classes

Quitting tobacco use can be an uphill battle, but fortunately there are resources to help you overcome this battle. The Health and Wellness Center at Edwards AFB offers confidential small group cessation classes based on the Am...
 

 
tricare

TRICARE Nurse Advice Line offers health care guidance

TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii can now access the Nurse Advice Line to receive health care guidance and advice. The service, launched in April 2014, offers professional help by phone at a momen...
 
 

CHPS offers InBody Test

Are you on a diet, looking to get in shape, or trying to maximize performance? Or maybe concerned about your weight? Edwards Civilian Health Promotion Services invites DOD civilians to experience the InBody Test. The InBody is a convenient and accurate way to measure and monitor your body composition. The InBody measures and reports the...
 
 
self-defense2

Edwards defender helps teach self-defense down range

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock Right: Staff Sgt. Cameron Cochran (dark shirt), 387th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron assistant flight chief, demonstrates one way to push away an attacker during a self-...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>