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CMPD works with Target to reduce retail theft

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a partnership with Target has contributed to a decline in retail thefts in north Charlotte and around the city.

Target and North Division officers started the collaboration in 2008, holding monthly meetings with other retailers in the area to share information about crime trends and discuss security measures. The retail store has also donated bicycles to the police department to help with patrolling efforts.

North Division Lt. Brian Foley didn’t have exact numbers on the decrease of thefts, but noted that total larceny cases decreased by just more than 4 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

“We want to make sure we have a positive impact in the community,” said Rory O’Connell, the investigations team leader at the Target Supercenter on Northlake Centre Parkway.

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