Topping the list of major industries that suffer from theft are the various retail stores, with most of the thefts occurring in clothing stores. Grocery stores are also the target of thefts, but overall the total cost incurred due to loss prevention at the supermarket pales in comparison to the retail industry. Inside the mall, most small stores are fairly well protected because professional thieves are less likely to steal when there is no easy avenue to get away. However, the anchor department stores and the small shops close to major entrances are frequently targeted by shoplifters who employ the “snatch and grab” method. Others will simply go into a dressing room, remove the tags from the desired items and either wear them out of the store or place them inside a decoy bag.
Liquor and Convenience Stores
These locations probably have the greatest need for an agency like Unified Protective Services, as a large percentage of the most dangerous robberies in the country occur in liquor stores. Despite the precautions taken by store owners, assaults and robberies continue to increase each year. Bulletproof glass and steel cages protect many employees form potential robbers, but the merchandise is often stolen by customers who cannot or will not pay for their snacks and other bad habits. Because of their location, mostly on the corners of busy intersections where robbers can easily get away, convenience stores lend themselves to robberies.
Restaurants and fast food dining establishments made the list and for a surprising reason. Thefts occurring here are actually happening threefold. First, employees can steal from the register, from the food supply and even directly from the customers. Scanning credit cards in order to retrieve the pertinent information is becoming a common event in many unlikely places. Restaurants are the easiest place to run this scam, because it is not unusual for the server to take the card to an alternate location to process a transaction. Finally, customers can steal from restaurants in a few different ways. They can falsely claim to have found something unpleasant in their food and have the item removed from the check. They can receive kickbacks, or free food from friends or family members who work there. Unscrupulous customers can even steal from the buffet lines by storing food to take home for later.
This may seem like a bit of an unusual company to be the target of theft, it is actually quite common and becoming more prevalent as apartment homes are increasing and unemployment continues to rise. Cable companies, gas and electrical providers and even some phone companies and internet providers are seeing the effects of thievery on their bottom lines. In these cases, a lack of a security services provider isn’t the issue. Customers can steal passwords for an adjacent customer’s wi-fi service and use the internet connection or on-demand and other movie features for free. Some of this requires a bit of knowledge about hacking, but anyone can hook up a cable that was still active from the past tenant and plug it into their own televisions to enjoy free cable. Providers are currently looking for ways to stifle this completely, but so far are only scratching the surface.
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