Forum set to educate businesses on shopping- related crimes
by James Phillips
Nov 19, 2012 | 1175 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the holiday retail season officially starting this week, the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County is hosting a forum to educate Jasper area businesses on how to battle shoplifting and worthless check writing.

Chamber President Linda Lewis said a “Donuts & Discussion” session Wednesday morning will feature a presentation by Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair.

“We hold these sessions periodically to educate businesses about a variety of issues,” Lewis said. “With the holiday season here, we thought this would be a perfect time to discuss things like worthless checks, counterfeit money and shoplifting.”

Adair said he was happy to facilitate the discussion.

“I recently spoke to merchants at the Jasper Mall about some of the same issues,” Adair said. “From the feedback I received, they found the information to be helpful. I think businesses across Walker County could benefit from Wednesday’s forum.”

The district attorney’s office has made a concentrated effort in recent months to provide assistance to area businesses, Adair said.

“We are here to help local businesses,” he said. “Some of my employees are in contact with businesses on a daily basis.”

Two of those employees will be joining Adair for Wednesday’s presentation. Cindy Hagood, the DA office’s check unit director, and Carey Scruggs, a business crime investigator, will also provide information during the forum.

While the “Donuts & Discussion” program is designed for businesses, Lewis said the event is free and open to the general public. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Lewis asked that anyone planning to attend contact her office at 205-384-4571.

“We will be having a continental breakfast, so we just need to know what kind of numbers to expect Wednesday morning,” Lewis said.