The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: May 29 – June 4

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

Shoplifters Pepper Spray Store Workers in Brooklyn Attacks
Police are searching for a trio they say pepper sprayed store workers during a series of Brooklyn robberies last month. In one store, an individual pepper sprayed a 21-year-old store employee while the other two stole around $500 of merchandise.

Study Shows Tripling of Violence against UK Retail Workers
Violence and abuse against retail workers in the UK has tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) annual retail crime survey.

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2 Charged in $6M Home Depot Arson and Theft
Two people have been charged in a Home Depot arson and theft in Spokane, Washington that cost an estimated $6-7 million in damage. One of the people started a fire inside the store as a distraction while the other stole items and fled.

Virginia AG Convenes Working Group on ORC
The Virginia Attorney General’s Office convened a working group this week to consider how the state should respond to a surge in ORC. Attorney General Jason Miyares hopes the group can identify best practices and potential legislation.

3 People Brazenly Steal Beauty Products from Cali Mall
A viral TikTok video shows three thieves taking beauty products off the shelves of a Sephora at a California mall and placing them in trash bags as they left the store. As of Tuesday night, the TikTok had over 2.2 million views.

Iceland Foods Boss Says Shoplifting is on the Rise Due to Cost of Living
Managing Director of Iceland Foods Richard Walker says that in the UK, shoplifting is on the rise and is being driven by desperation caused by the cost of living. He added that the prime minister’s plan to re-introduce imperial measures is a distraction.

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