The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: September 10 – 16

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

Wegmans Ends Self-Checkout Due to Theft
Wegmans is ending its self-checkout offering this Sunday. In an email to users of the Wegmans Scan app the company rolled out during the pandemic, they said losses from theft associated with self-checkout is forcing the end of the program.

Retail Crime Nearly Doubles in Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington police department data shows that reports of retail crime have nearly doubled in the past year. In response, police are working with LP professionals at different retailers in the city to stop shoplifting.

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Mandatory Jail Time Proposed for Shoplifters in Colorado Town
The Aurora, Colorado City Council held a meeting Monday night and voted on the first reading of an ordinance to crack down on shoplifting, including mandatory jail time for offenders. The ordinance was passed on a 6-3 vote.

Former Chico’s Employee Accused of Falsifying $1,200 in Refunds
A former employee of Chico’s Off the Rack in Centralia, Washington is accused of stealing customer receipts and using them to get $1,200 in refunds between January and July of this year, and is now facing theft and identity theft charges.

5 Suspects Charged in Home Depot Shoplifting Ring
Five individuals are facing felony charges after reportedly stealing more than $9,000 worth of merchandise from a Home Depot store. At least one of the individuals is thought to have been involved in multiple Home Depot thefts across the country exceeding $300,000.

7-Eleven Cashier Battles Shoplifting Bear in California
A California 7-Eleven employee is going viral after his battle with a shoplifting black bear was captured on video. The bear came through the sliding doors at 1:30 a.m. and stole a shelf full of candy bars.