In Missouri, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 39-year-old gas station clerk with shooting and killing a person he thought had taken a bag of candy from his store. According to court documents, the shooting took place September 26 at a gas station in St. Louis. The victim, Read More
To shoplift is to knowingly obtain goods or merchandise from an establishment in which they are displayed for sale, without paying the purchase price. This act can include carrying, hiding, concealing, or otherwise manipulating merchandise with the intent to steal it.
Shoplifting issues are the most common contributors to external shrink, having developed into a multibillion-dollar problem that ultimately affects each and every one of us. Not only do these losses affect a company’s bottom line in a variety of different ways, but they also impact us as consumers in the form of higher prices, fewer choices, greater inconveniences, and a reduction in services as businesses attempt to find ways to fight external theft incidents and recover damages.
Shoplifters are not bound by age, gender, race, social background, or any other traits that make us unique and distinctive as human beings. This type of theft isn’t always based on need, and many different incentives may influence the motivation to steal. While every situation has its own merits, the motivations for shoplifting can be as different as the individual.
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Unfortunately, many amateur shoplifters fail to think through the potential consequences of their actions, or misjudge the potential risks of being caught, and make a poor decision. And for the professional shoplifter, their evaluation of risk and reward is based on different motives. Rather, the decision to steal has more to do with the availability, accessibility, demand for and value of the merchandise. When the attraction of the merchandise is coupled with the opportunity to take the items for profit or gain, they see the risk as justified.
Opportunity is often a primary element in the formula for theft. This is also the type of theft motivation that loss prevention professionals have the greatest probability of deterring, and is often at the center of many of training and awareness programs. By providing good customer service and maintaining appropriate controls, many of the opportunities for shoplifting and theft can be eliminated.
Here’s how one shoplifter assesses risk. “First things first—you want to know if they got what you want. The second factor is the risk involvement. The risk involvement will be security times cameras times employees times space times [other] customers. Those are the five factors you’re going to have. Why? Read More
A man who was trying to flee from Biloxi, Mississippi, police on Wednesday was killed in an officer-involved shooting, a police official confirmed. The shooting occurred about 8 a.m. Wednesday on Popp’s Ferry Road near Camp Wilkes Road. The man’s name has not yet been released. “Around 7:53, we got Read More
Metro Nashville Police in Tennessee are searching for the man who shot a security guard during a robbery early Monday morning. The gunman opened fire, critically wounding an unarmed, uniformed, security guard at Rite Aid, which is open for business 24 hours a day. Early Monday customers were shocked that despite the Read More
LP Magazine’s top articles touch on some of the industry’s most controversial issues. This story examines one such disputed topic: the nature and necessity of excessive force when it comes to apprehending shoplifters.
As part of a 2015 civil lawsuit, an Omaha jury ordered a discount store to pay Richard “Dave” Read More
A Flower Mound, Texas, police officer was stabbed in the face Friday in a confrontation with a man accused of shoplifting, police said. At approximately 10 p.m., Academy Sports and Outdoor called to report a shoplifter at the store. Officer Christopher Coots was the first to arrive on the scene and Read More
A 2-year-old boy was killed after his father crashed an SUV while speeding away from arrest after he was caught shoplifting at a Walmart in Pennsylvania, authorities said. Christoper D. Kuhn, 27, of Hamilton, Mercer County, paused briefly to look at his son lying in the road after the three-vehicle Read More
By Jack Trlica
Under the theme “Precision LP,” the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) IMPACT conference concluded Wednesday after three days of presentations ranging from research results to case studies to law enforcement partnerships. Over 350 industry retail, supplier, and manufacturing executives attended the three-day event October 2-4 held on the University of Read More