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Winnipeg police say new program aimed at reducing shoplifting is working

Winnipeg police say new program aimed at reducing shoplifting is working

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is providing $1.1 million for a plan to address rising shoplifting and violent crime in some parts of Winnipeg.

The program was announced in May, but few details were given. It was a way to pay police for overtime in places where many people work overtime, such as stores and shopping malls.

Attorney General Matt Wiebe says the $1.1 million now set will allow the program to continue through the end of August.

According to Winnipeg police, the extra officers on the streets have made a difference, arresting 203 people in recent weeks who otherwise would not have been arrested.

Brian Scharfstein, owner of a chain of shoe stores, says he has noticed a significant reduction in problems since the program started.

Winnipeg has seen a number of high-profile crimes at retail stores in recent months, including one in which three employees of a family-owned grocery store were attacked and injured.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2024.

The Canadian Press