Shoplifting & Organized Retail Crime

Confessions of a Forensic Interviewer

1-800 Shoplifting Assistance, May I Help You?

Sometimes, things just fall in your lap. I'd been trying to decide what to write about for this blog, you know, something interesting and topical to really get folks hooked and coming back. Nothing was really striking me as The One, until I got a phone call…
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The Cost of Repeat Offenses by Consumer Shoplifters

We estimate that these 15,000 offenders caused, at a minimum, more than $1,500,000 in theft damages, or about $100 per incident. However, looking at the value of one incident does not tell the whole story. [Sponsored]
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.
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Offender Perspectives on Self-Checkout Theft

Unfortunately, the convenient self-checkout option is popular among genuine customers and fraudsters alike. Read this article, then check out the video for clips from actual LPRC offender interviews on the subject.
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Does Retail Asset Protection Have an Image Problem in Communities?

With the incredible depth and breadth of the responsibilities that come under the industry's umbrella, it is unfortunate that the public has little understanding of all the industry does to protect the community far beyond catching shoplifters. [Sponsored]

RESEARCH: Retail Theft and Loss Prevention Analytics

Who shoplifts? There is no typical profile of a shoplifter. Based on our experience of interviewing offenders, shoplifters can be male or female, of any race, as young as five or well into their seventies.
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Retailers Increasingly Worried about ORC Statistics

Despite retailers reporting worrisome and worsening ORC statistics, resources to fight it may be on the verge of stagnating. Only 40 percent said their companies are allocating more resources to fight ORC, down from about half of retailers that noted increased spending in both 2016 and 2015.

Fighting Organized Retail Crime Takes Center Stage in Myrtle Beach at CLEAR Conference

The 2018 Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) Conference was held October 9-11 in Myrtle Beach, SC, with 180 attendees enjoying the 14 sessions, vendor interactions, and networking opportunities. A highlight of the conference was presenting awards for the law enforcement and loss prevention investigations of the year.
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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.
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