(Mt. Juliet, TN) -- The Mt. Juliet Police Department is beginning a zero tolerance approach when it comes to shoplifting.

Officials say instead of issuing misdemeanor citations, anyone caught stealing will now be taken to jail. The police department is also educating business owners about shoplifting, how to spot it, what to do about it and how to prevent it. Mt. Juliet had a 37-percent increase in shoplifting cases in 2013 compared to 2012.