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Metro police concerned about Walmart in Madison

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A brand new Walmart Supercenter in Madison means one-stop shopping and low prices around the clock.

For Metro Nashville Police it also means a lot of headaches.

"Looking at the numbers on our shoplifting, we do see a pattern developing from our Walmarts," said Commander Sebastian Gourdin.

Forty-seven percent of Madison's shoplifting incidents this year all happened at Walmarts. It's a huge drain on the department's resources.

"It takes away from officers being in the neighborhoods addressing crime issues and quality of life issues as well," Gourdin said.

Taxpayers end up footing the bill.

"All of that costs money, costs time," Gourdin said.

And, if that doesn't upset you, perhaps eventually having to pay higher prices at the checkout lines will.

"Things like that has a way of trickle-down effect. That can cause prices to rise throughout Walmart," Gourdin said.

Walmart officials say they value their partnerships with local communities. They say if there's a large percentage of shoplifting reports within Walmart stores that's demonstrative that their safety measures are working. It means they're catching shoplifters.

A Walmart spokesperson issued this statement: "We constantly evaluate how we can be doing better in terms of our asset protection measures and we are constantly updating those measures."

Officers say they have asked Walmart to add more resources.

"Some locations do have cameras, maybe put them in a different area. They always can hire more security," Gourdin said.

So far, no luck.

"We are looking for more partnership with the Walmarts to help us out," Gourdin said.

It's not that police don't welcome the new business. In fact, they say they're glad it's here.

"We actually love it. Personally, I shop there. Me and my family shop there all the time," Gourdin said.

They're simply asking for their help.

"We would like their assistance. Like I said, we're trying to help them out, as well as for the whole area," Gourdin said.

A Walmart spokesperson said they change their security measures on a store-by-store basis and evaluate them that way. They say they appreciate the feedback and take it seriously.

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