LP Magazine

JAN-FEB 2019

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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Attorney asserted that the tactics used by Corrective Education Company (CEC), one of the companies that were administering restorative justice programs, were illegal, and the court issued a permanent injunction against CEC in California. "We should all be concerned about privatizing our justice system," said City Attorney Dennis Herrera, adding that the company was "enriching itself on the backs of others, and many of the people they prey upon have limited means and are just barely getting by." In Minnesota, the legislature is considering a bill that would make retail restorative justice programs illegal in the state. In Indiana, the State Attorney General's office issued an opinion that the CEC program was "open to abuse" and should be illegal. This has resulted in most retailers suspending their restorative justice platforms, ceasing to provide first-time shoplifters with the option of going through the program. So What's a Retailer to Do? If the penalties for shoplifting are reduced and the criminal justice system refuses to handle cases or complains about the volume, but at the same time don't want retailers taking actions into their own hands through the use civil penalties, how are retailers supposed to control the issue especially in light of the current opioid crisis and the belief that shoplifting activity is feeding into the problem? If resources are so stretched that law enforcement doesn't have the manpower to respond to legitimate crimes taking place in retail stores—to the point that the stores are being threatened with charges of being labeled a "public nuisance" based on their response to those crimes—how are retailers expected to respond? Some critics claim that retail companies either don't take crime seriously or don't want to spend the money necessary to prevent it. Then other critics claim that businesses like retail are too tough on those previously convicted of criminal offenses and should make hiring decisions without regard for their criminal history. On top of all of this, throw in the perceived issue that violence and threats are on the rise in the retail sector, and it is fair to ask, "What is a retailer to do?" As the climate evolves, the concerns are mounting, leaving us with important questions that are lacking feasible and/or manageable answers. Moving Forward As retailers face the many challenges of an evolving society, we must also continue to search for the best and most productive solutions to all the Dennis Herrera 21 LP MAGAZINE | JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2019 SHOPLIFTING RESPONSE, REACTION, AND RECOURSE Call us at 800.422.2547 or visit www.siffron.com LM Tag™ with SONR™ sends notifications of activity or alarms to the separate Echo Box. The new LM Tag™ with SONR™ alarms when a product is concealed and adds another layer of protection by sending notifications of activity or alarms to the SONR Echo Box. • Easy to apply and use • No power cables or wires • Can connect to in-store CCTV or communication systems Find out how LM Tag with SONR can protect your merchandise and increase sales! with

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