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MAY-JUN 2018

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to correct the negative outcomes of the original initiative. As Moreno said, the only way to amend a ballot initiative in California is by way of another ballot initiative. The "Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018" is currently collecting signatures for inclusion on the November 2018 ballot. One of the changes proposed is to charge a felony for theft of $250 or more after two previous misdemeanor thefts. The goal, among other things, is to make prosecuting these cases more effective and to take repeat offenders off the streets. Finally, a lot more can be done with the data used for this high-level assessment. Temporal and spatial analyses can be conducted to determine various "hot spots" across the city. Even more questions could be answered with information collected directly from retailers. While data used in this analysis could be considered a representative sample, some offenses may not get reported to LAPD. Therefore, this assessment could be telling only one side of the story. Bridging the gap between actual crime and reported crime is key to understanding the true magnitude of the issue and determining the optimal response to it. RETAIL CRIME IN LOS ANGELES BASIA PIETRAWSKA joined CAP Index in 2007 and serves as the company's vice president of crime intelligence analysis. In addition to building custom risk and loss models for retailers, Pietrawska analyzes bank robbery and skimming data for the American Bankers Association and the FBI, is the co-chair of the Loss Prevention Research Council's Violent Crime Working Group, and regularly analyzes and presents crime trends at various industry conferences. Pietrawska received a master's in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. She can be reached at bpietrawska@capindex.com. FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting ■ In 2015, an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 3.9 percent from the 2014 estimate. ■ In 2016, an estimated 1,248,185 violent crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 4.1 percent from the 2015 estimate. Property Crime ■ In 2015, there were an estimated 7,993,631 property crime offenses in the nation. Property crime offenses declined 2.6 percent in 2015 when compared with the 2014 estimate. ■ In 2016, there were an estimated 7,919,035 property crime offenses in the nation. Property crime offenses declined 1.3 percent in 2016 when compared with the 2015 estimate. Source: https://ucr. i.gov continued from page 56 LPM Online is an all-new magazine experience. LPM Online publishes every other month on even-numbered months in between our print editions. The inaugural edition went live in August. You can view it and our current edition on the LPM Online tab on our website, LossPreventionMedia.com, or by entering LPM-online.com in your browser. An All-Digital Magazine with All-New Content Don't Miss LPM Online LPM-online.com 58 MAY–JUNE 2018 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM

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