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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 continue to show an increase in 2017. Gas stations, for example, reported 71.6 percent more petty thefts in 2017 when compared to 2016, and mini-mart stores show a 64.3 percent increase. Drug stores show a distinctive trend as well. Petty theft shoplifting for drug stores went up by 73.4 percent in 2012 and by 17.0 percent in 2014 but began a consistent downward trend over the course of the next three years. Clearly, there are different patterns for various retail subgroups. However, in aggregate, a marked upward trend in both petty theft and grand theft began in 2014. Did Proposition 47 have an impact? Is increased reporting involved? Did data collection and recording practices change over time? Did organized retail crime skyrocket in Los Angeles? Our study does not allow us to disentangle the causal relationships underlying these upward trends. However, the bottom While nationwide crime trends are more ambiguous, there's a clearer picture for Los Angeles. Retail crime appears to be up, and regardless of the reasons behind this trend, it requires collaboration among retailers, law enforcement, and other experts to determine the best ways to address this issue. Burglary Fraud & Forgery 618 744 711 639 513 646 733 800 600 400 200 0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 472 468 513 522 740 730 665 800 600 400 200 0 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 55 LP MAGAZINE | MAY–JUNE 2018

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