The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: July 16 – 22

LPM news in review

We know that your week can get busy, and the time you have to catch up on the news from around the retail loss prevention industry is often stolen away by other things. That’s why the LPM team sifts through headlines from all over the country to bring only the most relevant LP news to you here, in our special weekly news round-up—the perfect bookend to a productive week.

Here’s What You May Have Missed

Michigan Governor Signs Bill Fighting ORC
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed Senate Bill 691—which adds organized retail crime to the list of offenses that may be considered racketeering—along with the INFORM Act and a budget that includes $3.5 million for an ORC unit.

Starbucks Closing More Stores Over Safety Reasons
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said on a video posted to Twitter that the company plans to close more stores, citing safety risks like crime, homelessness, and drug use in bathrooms. The company had already announced plans to close 16 locations.

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Chamber of Commerce Calls ORC a Nationwide Emergency
The US Chamber of Commerce has addressed what it is calling a nationwide emergency. They are seeing a rise in organized retail theft, and they’ve now written to Congress, asking them to take action.

Boston Security Guards Demand Raises and Better Conditions
People gathered in Boston this week to rally on behalf of security officers demanding better wages and benefits in the wake of the pandemic, inflation, and high crime rates.

Burglars Swarm Chanel in California Smash-and-Grab
A white van rammed into the entrance of a Chanel store in an early morning robbery at the luxury brand’s location in Beverly Grove, California. As many as eight people in three vehicles drove away with stolen items

Security Guard Slashed While Trying to Stop Shoplifter
An off-duty NYPD cop working security at a Midtown Duane Reade was slashed while trying to stop a homeless shoplifter. The 33-year-old woman used a pair of scissors to slash the 52-year-old man on the shoulder.

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