In order to target specific crimes or specific problems in the community, law enforcement agencies often organize initiatives to focus their efforts. A city in North Carolina has launched one of these initiatives to battle a recent increase in shoplifting cases.
The High Point Police Department is behind the "Larceny Theft Initiative," which will work with surrounding businesses to deter shoplifting. The rise in larceny may be related to the season, crime rates generally increase during the summer months. Shoplifters are fairly successful too. According to the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, a person is caught stealing only one out of 48 times an attempt is made.