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How Store Environments Affect Shoplifting Crime
Here’s how one shoplifter assesses risk. “First things first—you want to know if they got what you want. The second factor is the risk involvement. The risk involvement will be security times cameras times employees times space times [other] customers."
The Lurking Costs of Cargo Theft
Cargo theft often is thought of as a silent and victimless crime, despite the fact that it accounts for losses of billions of dollars annually in the United States.
Credit Card Chip Technology Has Been Effective at Reducing Fraud. But…
So EMV cards have had a dramatic effect on reducing credit card fraud in the United States. But are there any downsides to the adoption of credit card chip technology?
Are Retailers Selling Shoplifting Tools?
I purchased the cooler bag and went to one of my corporate retail colleagues to test the bag with two different types of electronic article surveillance (EAS) tags; the classic hard tags and UPC-style sticker tags. After a series of tests, I noted the following results.
Low Tech Still Works for Detecting Counterfeit Currency
In 2015, $78 million in counterfeit currency was passed in the United States, according to a report by the US Secret Service. Nearly 7o percent of that $78 million was created with the use of digital printing technologies.
What Is a Loss Prevention Manager?
To the average consumer, a loss prevention manager might once have been perceived as a “security guard”: a reactionary presence in a retail establishment whose primary responsibility is to apprehend shoplifters.
Shoplifting Penalties Rarely Benefit Retailers These Days
Various factors, including tight budgets, increases in serious crime, and shrinking availability of patrols have affected police procedures and shoplifting penalties.
The 60-Second Guide to Total Retail Loss
There is no agreed-upon definition of what constitutes "shrinkage." Most estimates are based only upon measures of merchandise losses where the cause is unknown. The total retail loss concept offers a new definition of loss.
Can a Retail Buyer Help Reduce Shrink?
When LP teams and buyers work together, a retail organization can reduce shrink through effective inventory management.
How NOT to Investigate Organized Retail Crime
This post's findings are the result of more than thirty retail and law enforcement interviews expressly asking for opinions and thoughts on investigating ORC. It's from the archives, but its advice is timeless.