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Loss Prevention Information - The Six Steps of Theft

Shoplifters may not follow a demographic pattern, but there are six universally accepted steps that they follow for theft.

Outsourcing your loss prevention program fixes these problems. West Coast Loss Prevention has decades of experience in managing loss prevention, and we bring with our proven system of loss prevention our own team. This means that your store:

Step 1

The shoplifter will enter your store without your merchandise, and leave with stolen goods. While this may seem straightforward, it is important to note that a shoplifter is taking items from your store. A customer walking around with merchandise has not committed a crime yet.

Step 2

The shoplifter will select and take merchandise from a display. Customers may bring items in with them to compare, but they are not taking goods from your store illegally.

Step 3

The shoplifter will conceal, display, or convert or remove your merchandise. Stolen goods may be hidden in a purse or backpack, worn over clothes (such as a jacket with a tag removed), or consumed (food, drink, medicine). For example, in a clothing store a thief may attempt to hide or wear items in a dressing room, then leave the store without paying.

Step 4

The shoplifter will attempt to evade detection. Experienced shoplifters may be aware they are being observed, and transfer stolen goods to another person or stash them for later pickup. Even amateur shoplifters know to look for cameras or loss prevention team members.

Step 5

The shoplifter will not pay for your merchandise. This is the second most crucial step in theft, as the thief will commit to the crime and not pay for your goods, often walking through the cash register area without making any attempt to pay for their stolen goods. It is important to note that a common tactic in shoplifting is to conceal goods and pay for a lesser purchase, such as stealing a CD but paying for a pack of gum.

Step 6

The shoplifter will leave. This final step is the culmination of a thief's efforts. At this point they have not only taken your goods, but concealed them and failed to pay for the merchandise. By leaving your store, they have now officially committed theft. Your inventory suffers shrink, your costs rise, and the shoplifter has benefited off your hard work with no compensation.

Don't let these six steps happen to you! A professional Loss Prevention team is a phone call or email away. Outsourcing your loss prevention team is a smart choice. It saves you money. Lots of it. West Coast Loss Prevention can save you over 20 percent on costs alone. Contact us today — Don't Become a Statistic.

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Shoplifting is a serious problem, and it's getting worse. 2011 saw an extreme increase in shoplifting, as more criminals and customers have taken to theft. Some businesses have been hit so hard that they are forced to close their doors. Retail theft is predicted to only to get worse in the coming years, and now is the time to act. Training and implementing your own shoplift program costs money and resources that your business needs. Studies have shown that out-sourcing your shoplift program can save you over 20% on costs. West Coast Loss Prevention by Tier 1 Solutions offers you not just a return on your investment, but decades of experience in loss prevention. Let us manage your program: We do it all for you!

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