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Free theft prevention class for businesses

Daily News staff report

SILVERTHORNE – Nothing puts a dent in the bottom line of a retail business like theft.

Following increasing reports of shoplifting in the county, the Silverthorne Police Department wants to help owners and managers counteract the trend.

Silverthorne police will host two classes for businesses aimed at preventing and reducing theft. The classes will be taught by Steve Layne, a security consultant and board president of Summit County Crime Stoppers.

Both classes will be held Nov. 13 at the Silverthorne Pavilion at 400 Blue River Parkway. The first class, on internal theft, will run from 6-8 p.m. The class is intended for business managers and owners and will cover how to limit opportunities for employee theft, how to recover losses and reduction of exposure to litigation.

A second class on shoplifting will run from 8:30-10 p.m. The class is for employees who have daily contact with customers and will cover the dos and don’ts, price-switching, concealing versus stealing and how to develop a security plan.

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute, the police department is offering the class free to Silverthorne businesses. Businesses from other areas of Summit County can register for the classes for $25 for one class or $40 for both.

“We want our businesses to be educated on what they can and can’t do with shoplifters and employee theft,” said Silverthorne Police Sgt. Mark Hanschmidt. “I want our businesses in town to be successful. Shoplifting and employee theft, or what is commonly called “shrinkage,’ hurts everyone. The Silverthorne Police Department’s goal is to help turn this around.”

The deadline for class registration is Nov. 12. Reservations can be made by calling the police department at (970) 262-7320.


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