STAART Workshop Series To Combat Retail Theft

Stockton, CA – Lawrence D. Borgens, President of Delta Protective Services, is proud to announce his upcoming participation in the Great Stockton Chamber of Commerce’s STAART program – Stockton Takes Action Against Retail Theft. The program kicks off with a foundational workshop titled “How to Be a Good Witness,” where Borgens will be speaking. This event aims to empower local business owners and community members with essential skills to aid law enforcement efforts against the increasing challenges of retail theft.

Event Overview:

  • Date: Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PDT
  • Location: Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce445 W. Weber Avenue, Suite 220, Stockton, CA 95203

Retail theft is a significant issue affecting our community, leading to substantial financial losses and impacting the vitality of our local economy. The STAART program is designed to tackle this epidemic through a series of monthly workshops, each focusing on different aspects of crime prevention and public safety.

The upcoming session will provide practical advice on how community members can effectively observe and report incidents. Such measures are crucial for enhancing the safety and security of our businesses and neighborhoods. We encourage all concerned citizens and business owners to attend and contribute to these vital community efforts.

Additional Information:

For those unable to attend in person, a video from the event will be made available on our website. To view the event highlights and further understand the workshop’s impact, please visit:

Registration is open, and we urge potential participants to secure their spots promptly as space is limited. Your participation is crucial to the success of our collective effort to safeguard our community.

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We look forward to your support and participation in making Stockton a safer place for everyone. Thank you for considering this invitation, and please do not hesitate to reach out with any inquiries.

[UPDATE] Items Discussed At The Event

During the STAART workshop “How to Be a Good Witness”, Lawrence D. Borgens dove into various key topics to enhance your readiness and response during retail theft incidents. Highlights from the event included:

  • Understanding the Dynamics of Retail Theft: We examined the current trends in retail theft, understanding its impact on our economy and community.
  • Critical Role of Witnesses: Emphasized the importance of witnesses in the judicial process and how effective observation can aid law enforcement.
  • Detailed Observation Skills: Shared techniques for accurately observing and describing suspects and situations without compromising personal safety.
  • Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Reviewed the legal implications for witnesses, focusing on what actions can legally be taken during an incident.
  • Effective Communication with Authorities: Offered guidance on how to communicate effectively with law enforcement to provide useful and actionable information.
  • Technological Tools for Witnesses: Introduced tools and apps that can be used safely to record and report crimes, enhancing the quality of evidence provided to the police.

Below are some specific tips for being an effective witness.

Steps to Take During a Crime:

  1. If you see something – Say Something: Call 911 for crimes in progress.
  2. Immediately complete the suspect description form.
  3. Be a good witness.

Tips for Being an Effective Witness:

  • Stay on the phone till the operator tells you to hang up.
  • Do not play “cop” or stop suspects from leaving.
  • Each witness should fill out their own suspect description form independently.
  • Report what you see, hear, and do.
  • Get a good description of the people and the vehicle.
  • Give a statement to the police.
  • Be polite and helpful.
  • Prepare to provide pictures and video evidence if you have it.
  • Be willing to testify.
  • Report facts, not conclusions.

What To Include In Your Statement

  • Who: List and describe all individuals involved.
  • What: Describe the incident and circumstances in detail.
  • Where: Specify the location as accurately as possible.
  • When: Pay attention to the specific time and the passage of time.
  • How: Describe the behavior of all involved.
  • Names of witnesses: Include contact information if possible.

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