NRF data shows the hardest hit last year were retailers within metros, including Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle. (Related: BAD APPLE: NYC shoplifting reports hit record levels for second straight year.)
"Retailers are seeing unprecedented levels of theft coupled with rampant crime in their stores, and the situation is not only becoming more dire but continually threatening the safety of the workers and shoppers," warned NRF Vice President for Asset Protection and Retail Operations David Johnston in a statement.
Echoing Johnson's concerns, big-box stores have started collaborating and working with law enforcement, legislators and other retail industry partners to advocate public policy solutions and discuss more effective, realistic and workable countermeasures that will not result to price hikes or store closures.
Insider reporters Ben Tobin and Dominic Reuter visited some big-box stores in the Midwest to see how they are tackling the retail industry’s willful shoplifting epidemic.
Other retail establishments and theft prevention experts have also shared measures that could be taken or that they have already taken to counter their past vulnerabilities.
Security cameras – Many stores have started installing more security cameras to watch every aisle, corner and nook in addition to surveillance "lot cops" in parking lots.
Signs – Stores have put up signs warning customers that there are "Security cameras in use," "These premises are protected with video surveillance," "Shoplifters will be prosecuted" and "Reducing theft helps us all by keeping prices low" in strategic locations.
Lock-and-key – Several stores have secured high-value items and other merchandise prone to shoplifting behind glass doors, locked cases and/or plastic boxes that require the help of store employees to retrieve.
Spider wrap alarms – Stores have also resorted to covering items throughout the store with spider wrap alarms that sound off once an item is pilfered.
Cyber defense security – Aside from using traditional cyber defense technologies, stores have also bolstered their cyber defense by strengthening and upgrading authentication, access control, information encryption, intrusion detection systems, vulnerability scanning and virus protection.
Many stores have also begun taking advantage of some of the most popular and effective technology options, such as:
Store layout – Some stores have opted to arrange their layouts to ensure the checkout area is by the exit rather than at the back.
Additional workforce – Many stores are now hiring more employees so they can:
Training on de-escalation strategies – Some stores now provide regular training for store leaders, key employees and security team members so they can protect themselves or take individuals down before agitation evolves into violence.
Read more stories about the rise in crime and organized retail theft in America at Collapse.news.
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