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Mike Giblin, LPRC

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Mike Giblin is currently a senior research scientist with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC). Holding a background in consumer behavior with an emphasis on consumer psychology, judgment and decision making, Giblin manages the research team at LPRC, where he develops and executes research projects for retailers and solution providers. He also leads several working groups and action teams in collaborative efforts between retailers and solution providers to address industry-specific problems. Learn more about Mike here.
Shoplifter

Why Does It Feel Good to Shoplift?

It's commonly understood that shoplifting can be a thrill-seeking behavior. It's like a little game you play with the store.
shoplifting and theft

Prevent Shoplifting and Theft with…Music?

In one experiment, Barry Manilow music was broadcast through loudspeakers located in a local parking lot every night between 9 pm and midnight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
loss prevention procedures

Stop Basing Your Loss Prevention Procedures on Sticky Myths

Sticky myths and slippery truths: these five fallacies can derail a good loss prevention strategy.
Consequences of shoplifting

Guilt is One of the Major Consequences of Shoplifting

While there are famous cases of psychopathic individuals committing crimes, the majority of criminals have a conscience that’s functioning just fine. Without deploying careful defense mechanisms, the cognitive dissonance caused by their guilt would eat them alive
why do people steal

Why Do People Steal? Examining the Robin Hood Complex

Interviewing active shoplifters is the most interesting part of my job. For an hour, I speak as seldom as I can. I listen, and I observe. What they have to say is fascinating. Their actions and mannerisms weave together with their words like a code waiting to be cracked. Why do people steal?

‘Tis The Season for Holiday Theft

Stores are packed to the brim with bustling gift-getters, and every second an associate spends dealing with potential holiday theft is a missed sales opportunity.
What Is A Shoplifter, people who steal, retail store theft

People Who Steal: Revealing Quotes from Offender Interviews

The Loss Prevention Research Council conducts more than 100 in-person interviews with active shoplifters each year. Much of what they say pertains to whether they see/get/fear a particular theft deterrent.
Retail Industry Credit Card Fraud E-commerce

What it’s Like to Find and Buy EAS Detachers Online as a Shoplifter

Upon placing an order for a 16,000GS detacher on Alibaba, within 24 hours I received email correspondence from six different suppliers offering to fulfill my order.

Why Do People Steal?

Interviewing active shoplifters is the most interesting part of my job. For an hour, I speak as seldom as I can. Instead, I listen...

How to Make Sense of Randomized Controlled Trials: A Guide from LPRC’s Research Team

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard in evidence-based research. At first glance, they seem simple enough: Give some patients the real drug, give some the placebo, and see what happens.

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