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MAY-JUN 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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RETAIL CRIME IN LOS ANGELES subsetted from all other offenses. We cannot take responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information, but we found it to be valuable in this high-level assessment of retail crime trends. "The Unintended Consequences of California's Proposition 47 on Retail Theft" Podcast Before we get into the findings of the analysis, I would like to highlight an EyeOnLP podcast from the December 2017 edition of LPM Online, which provided some excellent observations regarding Proposition 47 and recent retail crime trends in Los Angeles. The podcast featured Aaron Moreno, senior director of government relations for the California Grocers Association, and Bill Williams, retired captain with LAPD and also a founding member of the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association (LAAORCA). Also on the panel was Loren Naiman who retired in January 2017 from his last assignment in the Post Conviction Litigation and Discovery Division of the Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Finally, Karl Langhorst, CPP, CFI, rounded out the panel of experts with his experience as a retail practitioner, former corporate director of loss prevention for the Kroger Co., and currently executive vice president of ALTO US. The panel started by describing the background of Proposition 47, which was intended to reduce crowding in California's overwhelmed prisons and provide treatment rather than jail time to qualifying drug offenders. However, the experts quickly moved on to highlight some of the unintended consequences of the new measure that, according to them, contributed to concerning changes in criminal behavior. One of the initiative's main effects is conversion of many nonviolent offenses, including shoplifting, from felonies to misdemeanors. "Since the passage of Proposition 47 in California, many retailers have experienced a steady increase of both shoplifting and organized retail crime in their stores. This increase of incidents not only has impacted retailers' profitability but also, more Our study does not allow us to disentangle the causal relationships underlying these upward trends. However, the bottom line is that shoplifting is up for most retail segments. Shoplifting - Grand Theft Shoplifting - Petty Theft 143 159 163 235 363 447 454 500 375 250 125 0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 3,198 3,488 3,364 4,216 5,327 5,882 4,979 6000 4500 3000 1500 0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Access the December edition of LPM Online on the archives page at LPM-online.com. Karl Langhorst 53 LP MAGAZINE | MAY–JUNE 2018

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