Local police officials agree crimes such as shoplifting and robbery impact more than just business owners.
"There's a cost effect factor. If you're a retail business and you're losing money the cost has to go up to cover that loss," explains Brewer Police Chief Perry Antone.
Officials say most of those committing the crimes are drug users, stealing items to fund their habits.
Police told those at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast they've seen these types of crimes decrease by 20 percent in the past ten years, but violent crimes have increased.
It's not always easy for police to track down perpetrators, as store owners may not update their technology.
Besides updating their cameras, business owners are encouraged to train employees on handling shoplifters and report any crimes in store.