Preventative Shoplifting Program
In order to be proactive in combating the impact shoplifting has on a community, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) has developed a Preventative, Shoplifting Program targeting fourth-grade students in the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District service area. The intention of NCM is to go into every fourth-grade classroom in the public, charter, parochial and private schools on a yearly basis.
There are four components to the program:
- The first is a jug that contains candy bars. The significance of this display is to help the children visualize the fact that for every $1,000 shoplifted, a merchant must sell 900 candy bars per week per year in order to recoup his/her losses.
- The second component is a power point presentation that addresses questions, such as 1) What is shoplifting? 2) Why do people shoplift? and 3) What are some of the facts about shoplifting?
- The third component is an audiovisual DVD produced by NCM that depicts the consequences of shoplifting.
- The final component is an activity book that the students work on during the presentation and then take home to share with their parents.