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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ORC Survey and Security Lawsuit F ollowing are a few article summaries that can provide you with a small taste of the original content available to you every day through our daily digital offerings, which are offered free through LossPreventionMedia.com. In addition to our daily newsletter, a comprehensive library of original content is available to our digital subscribers at no cost to you. Visit our website to gain access to all of our content. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@LPMag), and LinkedIn. 2017 Survey Reveals Organized Retail Crime's Top Items Stolen By Jac Brittain, LPC The 2017 Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Survey, an annual survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, continues to show the impact that organized crime is having on the business of retail. Each year the study explores the many ways that organized retail crime continues to grow and evolve based on input from retailers across the country, detailing new challenges and persistent issues that retailers face. It also explores resources and policy changes implemented to combat organized retail crime. According to the 2017 study, organized retail crime is once again on the rise, and those involved in ORC incidents are showing an increased propensity toward violence. More than 25 percent of retailers reported that those involved in organized retail crime are exhibiting a greater tendency toward violent behavior. Yet according to respondents, knowledge surrounding the issue and resources to help fight ORC remain minimal. Resources are down as other areas of the business are demanding greater attention by retail executives. With competing priorities in the retail business this year, only 20 percent of respondents believe that top management fully understands the complexity and impact of the ORC problem, and 62.3 percent of companies said they have no loss prevention employees that are focusing primarily on ORC issues. All of this directly points to the need for increased awareness and educational opportunities related to the problem. According to the 2017 study, shoplifting including organized retail crime is the top source of inventory shrinkage for the second straight year, outpacing employee theft, administrative errors, and other forms of shrink. ORC criminals look for items that can be stolen and quickly resold. As a result, there is a decided preference to steal products that include a mix of high-end luxury items and everyday commodities. Top Stolen Items While each retail sector tends to see its own version of products based on the type of products sold, below is the list of top stolen items by category according to the 2017 survey: ■ Designer clothing ■ Denim pants ■ Razors ■ Infant formula ■ Designer handbags ■ Laundry detergent ■ Cigarettes ■ High-end liquor ■ Jewelry ■ Teeth whitening strips ■ Allergy medicine Thirty-four states now have ORC laws in place; however, many retailers cite state legislation changes that are made to reduce prison populations, such as Proposition 47 in the state of California, that they believe have directly resulted in increased retail crime. Thieves that keep up with the laws know value limits in order to avoid felony charges if caught. This, among other issues, has led to 70 percent of responding retailers believing that federal organized retail crime legislation is needed. Organized Retail Crime by Location According to the 2017 survey, the top locations in the country currently experiencing incidents of organized retail crime include: 1. Los Angeles 2. New York City 3. Houston 4. Miami 5. Atlanta 6. Chicago 7. Orlando 8. San Francisco/Oakland 9. Orange County, California 10. Northern New Jersey As the retail business evolves, so does the need for improved skill sets and improving internal talent at every level of the retail business. Loss prevention is certainly no exception. Ultimately, this will demand both greater focus and broader perspectives from those that serve the industry. Kelsey Seidler is managing editor, digital. She manages the magazine's digital channels that includes multiple daily e-newsletters featuring original content and breaking news as well as pushing content to various social media platforms. Seidler recently earned her master's degree in technology and communications through the University of North Carolina's School of Media and Journalism. She can be reached at KelseyS@LPportal.com. Kelsey Seidler LPM DIGITAL 52 JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2018 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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