LP Magazine

JAN-FEB 2018

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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director for government relations at the California Grocers Association. "It's because it's gotten to the point that a lot of stores don't report the incident because the person is long gone and it's going to be a misdemeanor anyway." In light of the evolving threat and uncertain support, most leaders in the fight against ORC stress the need for consistency—in soliciting top management's attention, in tracking trends, in educating stakeholders, and in forging and strengthening partnerships. "Is there more emphasis on ORC nowadays? Absolutely. Are we more knowledgeable about losses due to ORC? Yes. But we have to continue learning about ORC because it is constantly changing, in what boosters are taking, in what fences are buying, by region, and in what crimes are being committed," said Bandaries. "Another aspect is the education piece. Law enforcement, prosecutors, politicians—we have to keep educating these groups," he said. Kroger's Mike Powell echoed the point and added that providing continuing education on ORC to store staff is important so that LP departments can better understand the impact and scope of ORC in their stores. Like several other experts, Sgt. Rossman sees the latest ORC data and current challenges within the context of the longer fight. "In the last five to ten years, ORC has come to the forefront, and we've made progress in coming together to meet the challenges it raises—and the partnerships have gotten better," he said. "But the problem was there ten years before that, and it will be here ten years from now, and if we retreat at all, it's going to get much worse," Rossman warned. Perhaps the worst-case scenario for LP is a sort of death spiral, in which fewer resources allocated to ORC makes it more difficult to identify ORC as being the cause of loss, which in turn suggests that ORC is becoming less significant, which leads to less management concern. GARETT SEIVOLD is a journalist who has covered corporate security for nearly twenty years. He has been recognized for outstanding writing, investigative reporting, and instructional journalism. He has authored dozens of survey-based research reports and best-practice manuals on security-related topics. Seivold can be reached at GarettS@LPportal.com. ORC IS WORRISOME, WORSENING… Management Appreciation, Understanding of ORC Is Largely Unchanged Do you believe your company understands the complexity and severity of ORC? 57 54 55 2007 2012 2017 continued from page 38 40 JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2018 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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