LPM Insider’s Top 5 Retail Security Articles of 2018

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Safely into the Night

LP Success Stories Show Thwarting Thieves After Hours Takes Many Forms

By Garett Seivold

After hearing loss prevention leaders describe recent efforts to enhance the security of their stores after closing, it becomes immediately clear that the long, delicate dance between burglars and security continues.

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There is change, certainly, such as in the drivers of nighttime risk, with organized gangs, the opioid crisis, ATMs, and enhanced residential security raising the threat of retail store break-ins, and in the increasing availability and affordability of tools to protect stores, including remote video surveillance, more robust locks and other physical protection, and better overnight visibility through more feature-rich alarm or access control systems… Read the full article.

Reflecting on the Evolution of Retail Security

The World of LP According to Paul Jones

By James Lee, LPC

EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Jones, LPC, is the new director of asset protection and risk management at CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. The 25-year retail veteran started his career at Jordan Marsh and Mervyns before moving into management roles at Luxottica Retail, Sunglass Hut, and Limited Brands where he was senior vice president of LP and global security. Jones also led the loss prevention functions at the Retail Industry Leaders Association as well as at eBay. Most recently he was COO for Turning Point Justice before moving to CKE. Jones has long been active in the industry as an original member of the LP Magazine editorial board and founding member of the Loss Prevention Foundation.

EDITOR: You recently took a position with CKE Restaurants. Tell us who CKE is and what brands they represent.

JONES: CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. owns two brands in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. We are headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, just outside Nashville with more than 3,900 restaurant locations in 42 states and in 28 countries…. Read the full article.

Undercover Loss Prevention vs. Visible LP: Has the Debate Changed?

One study finds visible security reduces shrinkage better—but the use of undercover loss prevention / plainclothes agents is the strategy that is growing.

By Garett Seivold

Writing on the issue of store detectives and loss prevention several years ago, Read Hayes, Ph.D., CPP, director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, outlined a critical issue that all LP leaders face. “The question for senior loss prevention decision-makers is whether having their detectives stand at the store entrance/exit overtly identified as a member of loss prevention staff prevents more theft attempts than does apprehending shop thieves after covertly observing their theft activities,” he wrote.

One recent study took aim at that question. It’s only one analysis, of a single Brooklyn retailer’s experience, but it found visible loss prevention agents reduced shrink better than undercover loss prevention agents do… Read the full article.

The Very Real Risks of Using Drones for Security Purposes

By Garett Seivold

One reason drones were such a hot topic at the ISC West conference in April was, certainly, because manufacturers are pushing the technology. They were in Las Vegas in force, explaining the risk drones pose to security operations and, not coincidentally, how you can deploy counter-drones to protect against them. Consultants and trainers were there, too, offering their assistance to ready organizations for the “drone revolution.” In all, ISC West included nine education sessions on the topic.

But even if we’ve arrived at the point—common in an emerging technology’s life cycle—where prediction of commercial adoption exceeds realistic timetables, there is no doubt that security practitioners can’t altogether ignore the trend… Read the full article.

EyeOnLP: Innovision 2018 Recap Video

By EyeOnLP Contributors

Leaders and decision-makers working in the loss prevention, asset protection, and this year for a first time, the safety industry, came together in Fort Lauderdale, FL, from February 19–21 to network, learn, break the barrier between retailers and vendors, and share best practices among peers at INNOVISION 2018.

INNOVISION is an invitation-only event that provides an opportunity to learn more about the latest industry solutions, listen to unique keynote sessions, and network with peers and colleagues in an informative environment. Check out EyeOnLP’s recap video of the 2018 event and then read our recap articles from Day 1 and Day 2 to get the inside scoop… Read the full article and watch the video.

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