Marketing and loss prevention have always been intertwined, but the effort to forge a closer bond with shoppers could further enmesh the two functions. 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.
The man killed Saturday night has been identified, the Del City police said. Gabriel Lane Carter, 25, was killed after a struggle with a Del City police officer and an off-duty Amber police officer.
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Police were called about 11:45 p.m. Saturday to Read More
A retired police officer was arrested Saturday after a shooting outside of a Home Depot store in Riverside, California. It started when a man was allegedly running out of the big box store shoplifting. The retired officer saw him and opened fire.
Police say they got a call about the shooting, Read More
Examples of the ways in which retailers today respond to criminal behavior are found throughout a feature article by Walter E. Palmer, CFI, CFE, and Jacque Brittain, LPC, who produced the piece for the January-February 2019 issue of LP Magazine. Read More
An officer involved shooting inside a Oklahoma Walmart kills one man and injures two officers. It happened around 11 o’clock Saturday night when a shoplifter resisted arrest. Captain Bradley Rule with the Del City Police Department said it started with a shoplifter. A security guard, who is also a police Read More
A federal judge dismissed a racketeering lawsuit accusing Walmart and six other retailers of extortion by forcing accused shoplifters to take costly “restorative justice” classes or else be reported to the police. In a decision late on Friday, US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, found no proof Read More