Sheriff’s Station officials continued their work with business owners this week to help reduce theft in the Santa Clarita Valley by educating and sharing crime prevention tools.Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.
At the quarterly Business Alliance meeting Wednesday, SCV Sheriff’s Station Detective Michelle O’Brien met with loss prevention officers at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in an effort to assist in the apprehension of shoplifters and the recovery of stolen merchandise.
Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station officials teamed up with local loss prevention officers to create the Santa Clarita Business Alliance.
Detective O’Brien is a member of the Sheriff’s Station’s Burglary/Theft Team and said businesses communicating about thefts is helpful for investigators.
“These meetings help foster communication between the loss prevention officers,” said Detective Michelle O’Brien, “enabling us to apprehend felony suspects for grand theft and burglary.”
Also a part of Wednesday’s meeting, O’Brien introduced the recently appointed Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Robert Lewis to the group for the first time.
Capt. Lewis first took command of the station back in April and has a long history with the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station.
In meetings with the public, Lewis repeatedly has stressed the importance of “predictive policing,” the practice of analyzing available crime data to adjust resources based on the anticipated need for crime prevention.
The group covered a wide range of topics that included current crime trends, the importance of social media, crime prevention tips, identity theft education, credit card fraud and identifying counterfeit currency.