Loss Prevention - Shoplifting - EmployeeTheft
Retailers and small business owners attributed nearly 45% of inventory shrinkage and loss to internal employee theft and even more to shoplifting.
- The cost of internal employee theft to small businesses and retailers nation-wide is estimated to be over $14 billion a year.
- Only 1 in 50 employee theft incidents are caught and less than half of that number ever face conviction.
- Retail businesses lose more to employee theft than as compared to shoplifters.
- Take the $14 billion of retail goods stolen annually... It equates to more than $38 million lost or stolen every day of the year.
- Studies show that 1 in every 11 people have shoplifted at some point in time.
- Over 70% of convicted shoplifters are adults that say they started shoplifting in their teens.
- There have been roughly 121,000,000 shoplifting convictions in the last 6 years.
- For every one shoplifting conviction counted - there are probably 500 or more shoplifting acts that either go undetected or never make it to court or conviction because there is a lack of evidence for the retailer's case.
- Why do you think entire businesses are being built around "stopping theft and shoplifting" - like Kleptomaniacs Anonymous.
- If you don't have proof or evidence - then you won't win the employee theft or shoplifting fight. Period.
Again, you need hard and solid evidence when fighting theft inside your business. You need people you can trust to work with you and to report what they see. But, if you feel like you're all alone in your quest or if you are the only Loss Prevention officer in your company - then let our high-tech security and surveillance gear help you to do your job.
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What kind of employees or customers do you have?
You'd be amazed at the simple and elaborate of schemes employees have invented to be able to steal from their employers, to waste company time, or just simply goofing off when they should be earning a paycheck from you.
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- 68% of all all retail theft, shrinkage, or shoplifting is preventable.
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Legally - the odds can be against you for shoplifting or employee theft.
We say this, because it is true. If you do not have some very solid evidence and proof in your favor - like clear and high quality video of the crime taking place....you just might not have a case. As proof of that, you know how lawyers and attorneys are - they're like "flies swarming around a great big pile of warm stinking _ _ * _! Well, you know what we mean, but we had to say it anyways.
There are attorneys just lining up to help out that poor defenseless person that just ripped you off and left your retail store in handcuffs, and you better believe that attorneys know all of the tricks to get these petty thieves out of jail and back into your store quickly. Don't believe us - watch the video below and see that attorneys know all the tricks in the book "TO HELP" thieves get a softer punishment.
Here's even more videos on beating shoplifting charges on YouTube. You'll see, the odds are stacked against you already.
Hidden cameras work better than normal security cameras.
Look at the picture below and see the difference that you can achieve with high quality hidden cameras.
Look at the two cameras (above - left and center) Can you see just how powerful hidden or spy cameras can be in your loss prevention efforts?
We understand that most criminals are not that bright, but then again they must be at least a little bit smart if they're ripping you off day in and day out. What you need to focus on is being SMARTER THAN the people that are ripping you off.
For instance, if you put an "Old School Security Camera" as shown (above - right), then even the dumbest petty thief is going to notice it. If they can see each of your security cameras, then they know how and where they are under surveillance. But worse than that, they now know the best angle in which to steal from you, how and where to turn their back, which isle to steal from, which exits to use, etc..
The point is that as soon as they see your security camera layout or tactics - they can now formulate a plan against you. They also have a heightened awareness which will undoubtedly help them to take more careful steps when they steal from you.
But with a hidden camera, like the Hidden Wall Outlet and Wall Clock Cameras (above - left and center) - you totally throw "the element of surprise" into the equation. Now the playing field is not leaning in their direction - you're back in the game with a few aces up your sleeve.
Get your employees working for you - prevent them from wanting to work against you.
- You and your trusted employees need to be really good at identifying potential shoplifters when they come into your store. By that, we don't mean profiling people by race, gender or color - because shoplifters come in all shapes and sizes.
- What we do mean is that you should notice if they're carrying a back pack, an exceptionally large purse, a jacket in the middle of summer, or maybe even pushing a baby stroller without a baby inside of it.
- If they come from a different store with a bag of good from that store, have one of your employees tie a knot in it as they enter your establishment.
- Start an "employee loyalty program" that rewards employees when they help stop either (A) shoplifting or (B) internal employee theft.
- Be clear and let your employees know that if they are caught stealing they will meet the harshest punishment the law can inflict, but if they help you in your efforts to stop shrinkage - then they will be rewarded.
- Let employees know that if things start missing around your store or business - that employees will be the first to go and laid off immediately until the problem is narrowed down or resolved.
- It's better to get your employees on your side and fighting your battle - rather than to have them working against you as a team.
Tell your employees how much you value them and get them on your side by rewarding their loyalty. Let them know that it is "you" (all of you) against the "shoplifters" - because if the shoplifters have their way - you won't have your jobs.
Let them know how much smarter they are than the average shoplifter and let them help you in catching the culprits. Let them know that it is "everybody's job" and not just the loss prevention officer's job to fight theft - at all levels.
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What are some legal aspects of shoplifting or employee theft?
- What you read here about first offenses for shoplifting might shock you:
The maximum penalty for a 1st Offense Shoplifting charge is a fine. You cannot be sentenced to jail, even if you have a prior offense, regardless of whether it is still on your record or not, so long as it is not a prior Shoplifting conviction.
The larger problem is that if you do not already have a record, this will create one. Often times, it is not the police who catch people shoplifting, it is the loss prevention people at the store who then call the police. Since the police did not observe the crime and it is a misdemeanor, they have to apply for a criminal application. This sets up a Clerk's Hearing to which you would be summonsed. Read more here...
- Here's some information about what it costs a thief to get a shoplifting attorney or legal defense:
Having an attorney handle a guilty plea and diversion program application for shoplifting charges runs about $1,000 - $3,000, depending on location and how much negotiation is required.
Attorney fees for going to trial can be $5,000 - $10,000 or more, depending on the nature of the charges and the complexity of the case. Exact costs will vary based on location and the lawyer's experience and reputation. Some attorneys accept monthly payments for a shoplifting case.
To hire an attorney, you must pay an up-front fee called a retainer, which is based either on an estimated number of hours or a flat fee. A lawyer working on an hourly basis deducts the hourly rate (usually $100 - $300/hour or more) from the retainer as the work is done.
When the retainer is gone, you will be billed for additional money. A flat fee will cover a specific range of services, and often there's an additional fee if the case goes to trial. Read more here...
- Here are some good tips that define petty theft shoplifting offenses at the lower level:
The Item’s Value is the Key
What makes the crime “petty” is the low value of the property taken. This is where the laws of each state usually vary a great deal. For example, in some states petty theft may be when the value of the thing stolen has a value of $50 or less. In other states, the value may be as high as $500.
When the stolen item has a higher value (more than $50 or $500), the crime is no longer petty. Rather, in most states, the crime becomes “grand” theft or larceny, which means stiffer punishments.
Examples of the Crime
The classic example of shoplifting or petty theft is when someone takes something from a store without paying for it. Putting a music CD or movie DVD in your coat pocket and leaving the store are good examples. There are others examples may not have thought about:
- Switching price tags on merchandise so you pay less for the item you want
- Putting a higher priced product into the box of lower priced item
- Putting on new clothes or shoes in a dressing room and leaving the store
- Eating at a restaurant and leaving without paying the bill
- Eating food inside a store and not paying for it when you checkout
- Read more about it here.
Take a look at the Shoplifting and Employee infographic below: