On the heels or a recent shoplifting spree, the Tuscaloosa Police Department has formed a business watch program for local business owners. TPD hopes the program will help educate business owners about the proper way to handle shoplifters.“It’s more than just about the theft,” Capt. Wayne Robertson of the Tuscaloosa Police Department said. “This business watch program is about safety and it is also a way from me, the police, to get information out on what they can and can’t do, you know, not to be chasing people outside the store and trying to get property back. No property is worth anybody’s life.”The program provides owners with tips to deter thieves, such as security cameras, where to place them and quality alarm systems. Local business owner, Charles Spurlin said the business watch program is something the Shirt Shop can get behind.“The Shirt Shop has great relationships with the Tuscaloosa Police Department and we welcome their help in helping us stay safe in our downtown location,” Spurlin said.The Shirt Shop has a variety of criminal deterrents, including its security dog, Sasha.We, of course, have Sasha and she is in here with us every day,” Spurlin said. “She really loves our customers and interacts with them well, but we also have eight security cameras that way we can see you in every part of our store.”The Tuscaloosa Police Department hopes more Druid City residents will join the fight to battle crime. If your local business would like to be involved in the Business Watch Program, you can call the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-349-2121.