The dogged pursuit was launched this month at the CVS at Eighth Avenue and West 34th Street in the heart of the district that has been plagued with thefts. A lot of shoplifting occurs in drugstores,” said Kevin Ward, the vice president of security for the 34th Street Partnership. The 34th Street Partnership has contracted a security firm with K-9 units to prevent shoplifting in the commercial district. Brian Zak A guard dog patrolling 34th street with a police officer. Brian Zak Advertisement The 34th Street Partnership says the K-9 units have been effective in stopping shoplifting.