Private Investigator in Cedar Rapids Serving All Eastern Iowa
SIX WAYS TO CONTROL SHOPLIFTING
April 3, 2015
Shoplifters can be hard to detect. Professional shoplifters often work in teams of two where one acts obviously suspicious and distracts security while the other loads up on merchandise. There is no such thing as a “Typical” shoplifter. They can be young or old, rich or poor, male or female, black or white, well dressed or looking like a gang banger. There are, however, several good, practical methods to thwart shoplifting and avoid expensive losses. Here are some to try:
1. Use strongly worded warnings concerning your surveillance equipment, undercover officers, and prosecution policy. 2. Constantly monitor electronic surveillance equipment including magnetic tags. 3. Use two-way mirrors. 4. Limit access to products. Require store personnel to only show one item at a time and return it to a secure area before showing another. Also limit the number of items that can be taken into a dressing room at any one time. 5. Use carefully trained undercover operatives of good judgment, alertness and unobtrusiveness to spot shoplifters in the act. This is a very effective method, however, the word will soon get around and your operative will get burned. It is good practice to rotate operatives frequently to keep shoplifters off guard. 6. Most importantly, follow through on prosecution when you catch a shoplifter. There is no profit opportunity for a shoplifter if they are sitting in jail or paying legal fees. The word will get out that you mean business and the shoplifters will move on to easier pickings.