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Reducing liquor theft over the festive season

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liquor theft

It’s common knowledge the festive season brings with it both an increase in foot traffic for the retail sector, and an increase in theft. And some retailers and products are more likely to be targeted than others. In the grocery sector, for example, liquor retailers are among the most often targeted stores for shoplifting. So,…

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Red meat a red-hot target for shoplifters

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Shoplifting red meat

The rising cost of meat is contributing to a spike in shoplifting, according to recent media reports, with major retailers now fitting security labels to their packaging of prime cuts. Meanwhile, meat isn’t the only supermarket item where retailers are being forced to employ greater security. So, amid debate about the price meat in Australia,…

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Four pre-Christmas trends every retailer should know

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Retail Pre-Christmas

Next week, the retail sector officially enters the three-month countdown to Christmas, and already many brands are busily planning their marketing, ordering their stock and preparing for what they hope will be a bumper festive season. This year, there are also some new trends emerging, with American holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday set…

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Police look at new charges for ‘swarming’ shoplifting

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Victoria Police are considering introducing a new charge to tackle the rising incidence of ‘swarming’. Usually aimed at telco retailers and electronics stores, ‘swarming’ sees a couple or numerous offenders enter a retail outlet en masse to steal valuable items like mobile phones. It often involves a level of force that sees products ripped from…

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Survey finds telco stores a prime target for theft

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Survey finds Telco stores a prime target for theft

A retail crime security survey focussed specifically on Australia and New Zealand has found customer theft accounts for over half of all lost revenue from Australian stores, with telecommunications stores suffering the highest losses per incident. The findings support recent news that telecommunications stores are regularly targeted by gangs, with thieves becoming increasingly brazen in…

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The five key areas of store security

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The five key areas of store security

With the latest research indicating Australian retailers lose $3.37 billion annually to shoplifting, employee theft and general loss, there’s never been a better time to focus on store security. And in today’s retail environment, protecting an outlet encompasses a series of strategies that range from stock protection on the floor right through to accountability in…

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Looking to improve product security? – There’s an EAS tag for that

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EAS security tags

Think retail security tags and the mind tends to turn to clothing tags, but the truth is electronic article surveillance (EAS) has evolved rapidly over the past 50 years, with a tag available to suit almost any product imaginable. From liquor bottle locks to golf tags and even optical tags for eyewear, if you have…

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New report finds a surge in shoplifting

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Shoplifting

An Australian-based shoplifting study has found the crime is surging, with major retailers losing over $3.3 billion last year alone. The research further indicates self-service checkouts and increasingly brazen criminals are driving the rising trend, with the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) noting retailers have reached “crisis point”. So, what’s changing on the shoplifting front? A…

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When good customers steal

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When good customers steal - Shoplifting

Not all shoplifters fit the profile of crime gangs, thrill-seeking teens or seasoned thieves. Some can be your best customers who steal as a one-off for a reason they believe is justifiable. So, what prompts a loyal patron to steal and how do retailers stem the loss? Here’s an insight into why good customers steal…

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An unlikely retail hero – How the fitting room is changing customer service and reducing theft

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Reducing theft

It’s hard to imagine the humble fitting might be a hero in the modern retail story, but in many ways that’s proving the case. Like all areas of the retail sector, the fitting room is benefitting from an influx of modern technology which is working to play to the strengths of bricks and mortar, improve…

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