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Are Retail Flash Mob Robberies Really Organized Retail Crime?

Based on their very nature, flash mob robberies are hard to prevent. But it’s critical that all retailers train their employees to be aware and alert to the possibility, to not engage the mob in any way, to concentrate on remembering descriptions of perpetrators and vehicles, and to call the police as soon as it’s safe. Here are 10 ways to protect employees and customers in a flash mob event.

What’s in the Mind of a Retail Shoplifter? How Do We Scientifically Change It?

The Loss Prevention Retail Council recently launched it's latest initiate called LPRC Innovate. LPM contributor Tony D'Onofrio was there and provides details on his latest blog post. He also summaries two LPRC research surveys. One on self-checkout theft and a second on theft by opioid-abuse offenders.

CLEAR Marks 10 Years with National Discussion on Retail Crime

Immediately following the conclusion of their ninth annual training conference in Myrtle Beach last year, the board of directors for the national Coalition of...

LP People on the Move: May 2019

Huge congrats to these LP professionals on their recent career moves.

Exactly What Is a Shoplifter and How Much Do You Know?

The crime of shoplifting is as old as shopping itself. The first documented cases of shoplifting took place in 16th-century London and involved groups of men called “lifters” (early organized retail crime?).
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RESEARCH: How Retailers Actually Use a Bag Searching Policy

Employee theft is a major problem for many employers in the United States, coming in at number two on the list of leading causes of inventory shrinkage (behind shoplifting/ORC), according to the 2018 National Retail Security Survey.
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STUDY: Are Flea Market Products Stolen Goods?

Almost 100 flea markets were randomly selected from a guide of 1,000 locations and visited by our teams to assess the availability, pricing, and condition of a high-loss men’s shaving product as example of flea markets and stolen products activity.
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Organized Retail Crime Associations: The Complete List

Successful organized retail crime associations are typically independent, multi-jurisdictional, customer-centric, and a recognized non-profit to be best positioned to lead the public/private partnership and combat ORC.

LP People on the Move: April 2019

Professional advancement and building a successful loss prevention career can mean many things to many different people. For some individuals, it may mean reaching...
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Beyond the Usual Inventory Shrinkage Definition: Total Retail Loss

There is little consensus on what constitutes “loss” within the retail world nor how it should be measured. The terms “shrinkage” and “shortage” have been loosely applied to encapsulate some of the areas that generate loss, but they are not terms enjoying a clear and agreed-upon definition across the sector.

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