The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: June 25 – July 1

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

New Laws to Protect Retail Staff Introduced
New provisions to make attacking an individual who serves the public have come into force. Introduced in the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts (PCSC) Act, the amendments are designed to deter offenses through tougher penalties.

Man Wanted for Murder Arrested after Walmart Theft
A man wanted for murder was captured in Pennsylvania after a retail theft in progress was reported at a Walmart. He will face multiple charges in addition to the May 7 shooting death of a man in West Virginia.

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Abuse of Retail Workers Continues to Rise
Abuse and violence towards shop workers and service staff is on the rise again, research shows, with a quarter of those reporting hostility blaming the cost of living crisis putting increased stress on customers.

Shoplifter Pepper Sprays Mother and Children During Getaway
An accused shoplifter pepper sprayed a mother and her two children while they were attempting to take a picture of the getaway car’s license plate. The 19-year-old shoplifter is facing charges of child abuse and battery.

Retail Workers Want the Right to Defend Themselves
Who protects store associates when shoppers lash out? The answer to that question may come in new labor contracts being negotiated by unions representing frontline retail workers and their employers.

Man Attempts to Shoplift 11 Cases of Beer from Safeway
A man was arrested after attempting to shoplift 11 cases of beer from a Safeway in Seattle. He loaded the cases of beer into a cart he brought in, and when confronted by security, threatened to pepper spray them.

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