Some shocking facts about Retail losses through internal or external thefts:
- One in 11 people is a shoplifter.
- There is no profile of a typical shoplifter. Men and women shoplift about equally as often.
- Many shoplifters buy and steal merchandise in the same visit.
- Approximately 25 percent of shoplifters are kids, 75 percent are adults.
- Shoplifters say they are caught an average of only once in every 48 times they steal. They are turned over to the police 50 percent of the time.
- Habitual shoplifters steal an average of 1.6 times per week.
- Retail crime costs Canadian retailers $3.6 billion per year.
- According to Ipsos Reid, small independent retailers lose $1000 a month.
- 28% of retailers reported overall losses of more than $500,000 to Organized Retail Crime (ORC).
- 56% of retailers report that they apprehended individuals linked to ORC.
- 87.5% of smaller retailers report being victims of crime.
- Employee theft and shop theft were reported in 95% of the retailers.
The best deterrent against such crimes is a good Loss Prevention program. This program is basically made up of 4 components: Analysis of site, Training , Prevention and Deterrence.
Through our Loss Prevention Division we can offer services that cover all of these components. We can provide:
- Site Analysis to determine any security concerns and suggest or implement better methods of security.
- Training of Staff in proper security protocols and theft deterrence.
- Prevention through visible security measures such as uniformed Security personnel.
- Deterrence through the use of properly trained plain clothes officers to detect and apprehend suspects.
Through our analytic data collection we gather intelligence, analyzing for crime trends and identifying active suspects, issuing BOLOs to affected businesses.
Our Loss Prevention program is overseen by a former police officer who has extensive years of experience in dealing with Retail Losses. Our personnel have all been trained in Loss prevention and receive refresher courses on a regular basis to ensure they are current with changes to the laws, crime trends and methods.