WE ALL PAY A HEAVY PRICE FOR CRIME
All across the country, people love to shop — and shoplift.
They steal anything they can get their hands on. They steal clothes, shoes, cars, books, DVDs, jewelry, landscaping materials, liquor, cigarettes, condoms, pregnancy tests, power tools, electronics, sunglasses, penny candy and high-dollar meat products.
They stuff items inside their clothes, drop them into bags, switch price tags, swap old shoes for new and push whole carts of groceries right past the check stands of busy supermarkets and right out the doors.
Retailers nationally are losing more than $35 million a day to
shoplifters, according to Peter Berlin, Founder of the National Association for
Shoplifting Prevention (NASP).
No segment of the retail world is immune from theft — and consumers are paying the price.
According to University
of Florida criminologist Richard C. Hollinger, Ph.D., who directs
Retail Security Survey in association with the National Retail Federation,
an average family
of four will spend more than $440 this year in higher prices because
And the ripple effect of retail theft doesn't stop there. Shoplifters rob states of tax revenue on top of causing honest consumers to pay more for goods.
Of the estimated 27 million shoplifters in the country, only a small percentage are professionals, experts say. These are oftentimes drug addicts and repeat criminals
who steal for resale and profit.
For many people, however, shoplifting is not an economic crime. Often people steal because they are depressed, pressured by peers, angry at the world or at an employer,
or because they are seeking thriIls or attention.
For some it becomes an addiction, similar to overeating or alcoholism.
One way companies large and small combat this epidemic theft problem is by turning to experts in retail loss prevention to implement and manage formal loss prevention programs in their retail stores — companies like Foresight Security Solutions, Inc.
The loss prevention business involves much more than putting officers in a store to catch shoplifters. It requires a high level of professionalism and skill relating not only to loss prevention and law enforcement but also to oral and written communications.
Handled properly, a retail loss prevention program with an emphasis on external theft
can increase a business' bottom line; raise the level of awareness of a staff about its
rights and responsibilities in dealing with shoplifters; and send a message to the public
that stealing from a particular store is simply not acceptable.
The trained investigators at Foresight have
extensive experience in retail loss prevention —
and a long list of happy clients.
Learn more about Foresight on this site,
or simply call Ericka today
to find out how FSS expertise
can help increase your bottom line!
712.323.2848 or ForesightSS@cox.net