PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

McLanahan’s Aims to Strengthen Security Team

Local authorities have been notified numerous times, but it seems McLanahan’s is still struggling to win its fight against retail theft.

In an attempt to curtail an increase in shoplifting, McLanahan’s is looking to add more security guards to its team. While the student store is not opting for the traditional mall-cop security guard, it will be stationing a full-time security staff instead of the part-time staff that is in place now.

When asked about the new security presence, Patrick Lasko, McLanahan’s security manager, stated, “Essentially, we are trying to beef up security and will not hesitate to notify the proper authorities if an incident were to occur.”

With the help of security cameras, the current team has nabbed around 25 perpetrators in the past couple of months, all of whom were reported to the State College Police Department. However, it seems that the threat of being charged and brought up on retail theft has been ineffective in stopping the criminal acts. Lasko said that, at minimum, 10 items per week are stolen from the store.

Ranging from your typical food and drinks to more expensive items such as Penn State hoodies and even bizarre items such as KY Jelly (this isn’t the first time), it is apparent that nothing is safe on the store’s shelves. Offenders may use embarrassment as an excuse or a light wallet as their motive, but public opinion would suggest stealing from one of State College’s oldest and most respectable convenience stores is highly frowned upon.

The staff is very confident and assured that the move from a part-time security staff to a full-time one will hinder shoplifter’s efforts in the near future. With that being said, offenders who are caught by the security staff will be reported to judicial affairs and will likely face charges of retail theft, a summary offense that carries a $150 fine and an unwanted criminal record.

About the Author

Jon Deasy

is a senior majoring in criminology from the Steel City. You can find him at the Rathskeller on a Saturday or in the library at four in the morning. He plans to attend law school in the future and enjoys writing about college kids committing the most comical crimes in State College. When he’s not busy, he’s aimlessly staring at his Twitter, @jon_deasy. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

Comments

More by Jon

Cherish The Little Things: Jon Deasy’s Senior Column

How do you sum up four years of life changing experiences into one column? You can’t, but I can leave you with one piece of advice: cherish the little things.

Better Know A Bar: Chrome Liquor Lounge

Student Punches Landlord In Attempt To Get Out Of Lease

Athletics

North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend