CSADD Great Lakes Helps to Stop Shoplifting

Story Number: NNS120719-07Release Date: 7/19/2012 7:31:00 AM
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By Matt Mogle, Training Support Center Great Lakes Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill (NNS) -- Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD), Great Lakes Chapter released a shoplifting awareness video on Facebook, July 16.

Every Monday morning during student indoctrination a room full of newly reporting Sailors from Recruit Training Command are given a lecture on shoplifting at the Navy Exchange (NEX) and the negative effects it can have on their Navy career.

Still every week Sailors are caught trying to walk out with items they did not pay for.

"The numbers of Sailors I was seeing at Officer in Charge Mast for larceny at the exchange were far too many, and it was evident that we had a problem," said Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4) Gregory D. Knapp. "So I decided to approach the Navy Exchange and CSADD to put together a video on shoplifting, and they were more than happy to help in any way to support our cause."

Shoplifting has been an issue not only for the NEX aboard Great Lakes, but around the Fleet as well. The CSADD public affairs team and with help from NEX, put together a video addressing the issue, showing the most common items Sailors shoplift and what happens if you get caught.

"The intent is to eliminate shoplifting completely, and this video hopefully will bring it all together to reinforce the zero tolerance of shoplifting and beyond in their careers and to show our student Sailors that the NEX takes loss prevention very serious," said Knapp. "The NEX has in place an impressive camera system and manned video monitors that will catch you if you shoplift. I am very proud of the combined effort by CSADD and the NEX by taking a huge step in eliminating larceny altogether at the Exchanges here in Great Lakes."

CSADD did a great job of bringing awareness about shoplifting and what will happen to you if you get caught," said Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Robert Tompkins, of TSC. "I see too many young Sailors destroy their careers for making a bad decision."

Making training material like this one can keep our peers out of trouble," said Fire Control Technician Seaman Zachary T. Quirk, president of CSADD, Great Lakes Chapter. "I believe this type of training can reach our peers and help them to retain the information better than just sitting in a room being lectured or sitting at a computer for a few hours learning about a subject."

To learn more about CSADD, visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Coalition-of-Sailors-Against-Destructive-Decisions-CSADD/299642495316.

For more information about the Great Lakes Area CSADD Chapter, visit http://www.facebook.com/greatlakescsadd.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Training Support Center Great Lakes, visit www.navy.mil/local/tscgl/.

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