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San Jose retailers hire more private security as stores grapple with staged thefts

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) – After a weekend like the one we just experienced in the Bay Area, the immediate question for some is: will we see more mass organized crime?

Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Christian Malesic has his own question.

“What can we do about it? It’s a very difficult question,” Malesic said. “You not only need a security presence, and it can be electronic of some sort, cameras or scanners and that sort of thing, but you also need good guys like security or the police.”

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San Jose Police said it was up to individual retailers to beef up their own security.

The Apple Store has been a continuous target of thefts for some time until they brought in changes such as toughened glass, secret security, and removal of items from the store.

These are things you can do if you’re a big company like Apple, but it’s not always a one-size-fits-all approach, according to Malesic.

“They really got there from a multi-faceted approach,” Malesic said. “So it worked for Apple, can it be copied in every store? In a Best Buy? I don’t know.”

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Which brings us back to the idea of ​​a greater security presence.

Security Services CEO Armando Gomez said those calls had already started to arrive.

“They want to have a stronger presence, they want to have more uniforms,” Gomez said.

The mass theft at Valley Fair was stopped by security before it could become a more serious crime.

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So, to answer our first question posed, security guards believe that an increased presence could prevent the next big event.

“If we stop, the chances of someone seeing us and turning around rather than committing the crime will be very high,” said vice president of security services, patrol officer Ruben Frias.

“Having a visual deterrent is probably going to deter nine out of 10 people,” Gomez said. “So the 1% that’s over you, you dial 911 and let them do their job. “

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