A recent survey study of 25 large retail companies found that shoplifter apprehensions was up by 16.8% in 2009 over 2008. The survey was conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, Inc. Additionally, the report found that “shoplifters and dishonest employees stole over $6 billion” in merchandise in 2009, from just the 25 major retailers surveyed alone.

Here’s a look at the shoplifting numbers in more detail:

20082009#/$ Difference Pct.
Apprehensions868,8581,014,817145,95916.80%
Recoveries$110,664,294$111,776,369$1,112,0751.00%
Avg. Case Value$127.37$110.14-$17.22-13.52%
Hours Per Apprehension*  (*12 companies reporting)54.843.78-20.11%
Recoveries (No Apprehension Made)$24,522,155$29,266,930$4,744,77519.35%

So why the increase in shoplifter apprehensions? Survey respondents shed their thoughts on the subject. The top 5 reasons they attribute the rise to are:

  • Struggling economy is causing more shoplifting to take place
  • Fewer employees on the sales floor creating more shoplifting opportunities
  • Organized Retail Crime (ORC) activity continues to increase
  • LP personnel focusing on high shrink areas and merchandise
  • Reduced social stigma of shoplifting

Of course there are many ways retailers can protect their inventories from would-be thieves. We offer up the following tips to prevent product loss due to shoplifting:

  1. Ensure employees are properly trained on established theft deterrent tactics
  2. Maintain proper floor coverage and encourage staff to walk the floor regularly
  3. Use and maintain effective anti-theft security devices and systems

Download the full survey results here.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Interested in Securing Your CE Products? Check out our retail security systems