Retailers in Door and Kewaunee Counties face losses from shoplifters, although on a much smaller scale than communities such as Appleton or Green Bay. The Sturgeon Bay Police Department investigated 30 retail thefts during 2018, ranging from no reported thefts October and November to as many as five in February and September. Sturgeon Bay Sergeant Investigator Chad Hougard says, however, larger stores have the ability to handle retail theft on their premises. He adds that improvements in video recording can better help smaller stores nab offenders.
Algoma Police Chief Randy Remiker says shoplifting is certainly not an uncommon occurrence. He adds, however, the old saying "size matters" works to his community's advantage.
Smaller police departments have to prioritize investigations, which mean shoplifting cases can be put aside. Sergeant Hougard says improved video surveillance helps identify shoplifting suspects better so that they can be prosecuted at a later time.