The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: May 18 – 24

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

A CNN review of court records and interviews with more than two dozen retail and law enforcement officials shows that persistent problems with sophisticated ORC networks have led many private sector companies to not only assist law enforcement but to often deliver the bulk of the evidence that leads to criminal prosecutions.

California Advances Legislation Cracking Down on Stolen Goods Resellers
The California Senate approved a bipartisan package of 15 bills Wednesday that would increase penalties for organized crime rings, expand drug court programs, and close a legal loophole to make it easier to prosecute auto thefts.

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Is Society in a State of Moral Decay, or Are Stores Exaggerating the Problem?
The figure was stunning: $45 billion lost annually in America to ORC alone, not to mention tens of millions more lost to everything from a wave of self-checkout shoplifters to theft by stores’ own employees. However, the NRF retracted the claim after a Retail Dive report.

Pennsylvania Givenchy Store Estimates $8K Loss after 30-Second Robbery
Authorities in Pennsylvania are searching for a group of women accused of stealing at least $8,000 in merchandise from a designer store. One of the women allegedly pepper sprayed the security guard and a store employee in the face while the other three began forcibly ripping multiple items off their security cables.

Washington Chain Stores Face Backlash for Using Loud Classical Music to Deter Crime
Some businesses in Tacoma, Washington are playing loud music to deter unwanted activity in their parking lots. Stores like 7-Eleven and Walgreens are facing backlash from neighbors and could end up in trouble with the city over this tactic.

Portland Police Quietly Evacuate Entire Best Buy Store, Arrest Robbery Suspect Who Was Left Inside
Portland police say they discreetly worked with management at a Best Buy in Portland Tuesday to evacuate customers and employees before confronting a fugitive inside and persuading him to turn himself in.

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