Six men and two women were arrested by Gardaí in Cork city over the weekend for shoplifting.
Of the eight arrests, five people were charged before the courts and three people will be dealt with by way of adult caution.
Three were arrested for one theft incident and the others are all separate incidents.
Superintendent John Quilter said: "At all times of the year we support our business community, but at Christmas, we are able to focus the additional resources given to us on increasing hi-visibility patrols to combat shoplifting and other crimes."
This week, probationer Gardaí were allocated to assist in the policing of Cork City during the busy Christmas period.
"We are already seeing the benefit with these arrests over the weekend. As part of the Christmas plan, Crime Prevention Office Sgt Tony Davis and I spoke to some of the business owners in the city today to go through our plan and to get some vital feedback from them."
Gardaí said theft from shops accounts for 59% of all property crime in the Anglesea District and one in three thefts occurs in the Cork City and Mahon area.
The figures were revealed by Cork’s crime and policing analysis department which is working with local traders to combat and prevent thefts over the festive period.
Within the southern region of counties Cork, Kerry and Limerick, Cork city accounts for 45% of the theft from shop crimes.
The analysis highlighted that the number of thefts from clothing department stores was in an upward trend over the past four years and that the value of items being stolen almost doubles during December.
Supt Quilter said that members of the force would be visible walking through stores and they were maximising their resources on the street at peak times.
"In general, Cork City Centre is a safe place to shop but I would ask people to take care. Be careful when withdrawing money from cash machines, mind your belongings when in crowded areas and don’t leave your shopping or valuables exposed inside a parked car. On behalf of myself and everyone in An Garda Siochana, have a safe and happy Christmas," Supt Quilter said.