More and more merchants, outraged by rising rates of shoplifting due to inflation, have decided to do justice to themselves by exposing petty cybercriminals who would rather steal than pay.
“With grocery store inflation soaring, merchants are reporting more thefts in Quebec. They mostly take away luxury items. We’re not talking about spice thefts or Kraft dinners,” notes Stéphane Lacasse, director of public affairs and government relations jokingly. In the Food Retailers Association.
Raiders have luxury tastes these days. He identifies that expensive meats and cheeses and alcohol are the products that often slip under the wrapper and into the thugs’ bags.
Angry at the situation, some traders decided to take the bull by the horns to denounce the situation.
There is not enough evidence
In fact, Newspaper Dozens of videos and photos posted by these merchants who decided to take justice into their own hands. In most cases they post the faces of the criminals to discourage them from returning home.
“There is no point in calling the police, we lack information. Instead, we put the video of the thief on our social networks and photographed it in our doorway,” said Nam Huang, an employee of the Viet Grill Express restaurant in Montreal.
The latter here refers to the customer, who, in March, took the opportunity to steal several goods in the restaurant’s small grocery store by coming in for a quick bite.
Image taken from Facebook, Eric Larochelle
Due to thefts surging on the ground, merchants who decided to take the law into their own hands are proliferating in Quebec and going so far as to reveal online thefts that would rather sting than pay. Image credit: Eric Larochelle / Facebook
Make your own investigation
Ray Martin, the owner of a Gatineau auto repair garage, claims to have posted a photo of a thief to expose him in February.
I understand the police are very busy with these petty crimes. We have to bring them all the information we have on a silver platter. Otherwise, we would never find the person who emptied our cash register and left with two electronic tablets,” he laments.
At the Dépanneur Proprio, on Ontario’s Boulevard in Montreal, owner Ling assures customers dare to steal it more because wearing a mask is mandatory. consequences ? Her window is now surrounded by pictures of these criminals.
They mainly come to steal alcohol from my house. With the mask on, they think they’ll remain anonymous.”
Clara Loiso’s photo
Ling, a grocery store owner on Ontario Street in Montreal, decided to display in his window the faces of the thieves who broke out in his business.
Too busy during the pandemic
Police services in Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, Levi’s and Souriate de Québec (SQ) have recorded a sharp decline in this type of crime since 2019. But that doesn’t mean there are fewer, warns Lacasse, from the Food Retailers Association.
“Traders have been very busy during the pandemic and do not necessarily have time to convict thieves with all the sanitary rules, for example. Same for the police.”
– In collaboration with Clara Loiseau
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