The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: March 16 – 22

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

Would-be rivals CVS and eBay have joined forces to go after theft rings with tactics the feds use against organized crime.

How a Shoplifting Crime Wave Is Forcing the Retreat of Self-Checkout
A jump in shoplifting is an issue which has been plaguing grocery chiefs after years of pouring cash into self-service checkouts only to realize they are contributing to thefts. Over the past five years, the number of self-checkout machines in UK supermarkets has risen from 53,000 to 80,000.

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Suspected Retail Theft Crew Busted after Running from Police in California
A group of six retail theft suspects was taken into custody after trying to flee from police in Southern California on Tuesday night. Authorities said that one of the suspects was on parole and another was on probation.

18-Year-Old Charged in DC Robbery of Chanel Bags Worth $116K
On an early evening a week before Christmas, several thieves—all young, it seemed, and clad in masks and dark clothing—hopped from a white sedan outside a DC Chanel store. Hurrying inside, they went right to work, frantically stealing by the armload.

Supermarket Boss John Catsimatidis Puts Anti-Theft Coding on Ice Cream
Shoplifters beware: John Catsimatidis, CEO of New York’s Gristedes and Food Emporium chains, is not having it. When it comes to the stealing and selling of food from their markets, Catsimatidis and his staff sometimes even tackle shoplifters before the police arrive.

New California Retail Theft Task Force Is Taking Crooks Down
California committed to spending $267 million across more than 50 cities and counties to crack down on organized retail crime. One agency that received some of the money was the Clovis Police Department, with a task force kicking off in January.

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