Ga. Walmart will include a mini police station to thwart theft

An Atlanta-area store that has been closed for nearly a year due to shoplifting incidents will reopen with an Atlanta Police substation inside

By Joanna Putman

ATLANTA, Ga. — A Walmart in the Atlanta area is building a mini police station inside its store, Insider reports.

The move is meant to deter shoplifters, as well as provide a place for officers to do paperwork and recharge equipment.

The station will be a substation of the Atlanta Police Department. It will be built in a Walmart location that has been closed for nearly a year after shoplifters set fires in the store as a distraction.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a CNBC interview that some locations could be forced to close and prices would rise as a result of the uptick in shoplifting retail stores have experienced this year. The CNBC article also quoted Target CFO Michael Fiddelke as saying that shoplifting has jumped 50% year over year.

The Vine City Walmart is set to reopen with the new department substation in May 2024.

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