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Hardlines Team Associate, Walmart
  • Posted on: 01/18/2022

    Hy-Vee creates its own armed security squad to deter crime

    I feel I should give a bit of background here. I live in the Midwest area and have been inside of Hy-Vee. Hy-Vee as it currently stands has no security what-so-ever. No guards and no Asset Protection. The reason why there is so much crime in these stores isn't because of the lack of security, but because of the policies that Hy-Vee put in place. The policies that Hy-Vee has are as follows: team members and managers are strictly not allowed to lay a finger on a shoplifter. If they see shoplifting in progress they must go to a phone and call a code on the intercom to let the shoplifter think they are being watched and then stop shoplifting. That is all that management is allowed to do. So think about it, if I'm a shoplifter and I go into a store that I know for a fact management can't do anything to me, do you think I'm not going to go to my friends and say "hey this store has no security and management, just watched me walk out without paying, you can do it too and they'll let you get away with it." All Hy-Vee needed to do was change their policy to allow managers to detain a suspect of shoplifting and wait till police arrived. A shoplifter in handcuffs can send a powerful message to anyone else who might want to shoplift. Putting in armed security guards and dressing them up as law enforcement is a bit overkill. If the Glock 9mm pistol and Taser weren't enough, they're also armed with pepper spray, handcuffs, a body camera and a tac vest.
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