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United States[ edit ] In most cases in the United States, store employees and managers have certain powers of arrest. Store officials may detain for investigation for a reasonable length of timethe person who they have probable cause to believe is attempting to take or has unlawfully taken merchandise see shopkeeper's privilege.
Store employees may also have citizen's arrest powers,  but absent a statute granting broader authority a citizen's arrest power is normally available only for felony offenses, while shoplifting is usually a misdemeanor offense.
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Closed-circuit television CCTV monitoring is an important anti-shoplifting technology. Electronic article surveillance EAS is another method of inventory protection.
Radio-frequency identification RFID is an anti-employee-theft and anti-shoplifting technology used in retailers such as Walmartwhich already heavily use RFID technology for inventory purposes. Loss prevention personnel can consist of both uniformed officers and plain-clothed store detectives.
Large department stores will use both and smaller stores will use one or the other depending on their shrink strategy. Store detectives will patrol the store acting as if they are real shoppers.
The presence of uniformed officers acts as a deterrent to shoplifting activity and they are mostly used by high-end retail establishments. Shoppers in some stores are asked when leaving the premises to have their purchases checked against the receipt.
Some expensive merchandise will be in a locked case requiring an employee to get items at a customer's request. The customer is either required to purchase the merchandise immediately or it is left at the checkout area for the customer to purchase when finishing shopping. Many stores also lock CDs, DVDs, and video games in locking cases, which can only be opened by the checkout operator once the item has gone through the checkout.
Some stores will use dummy cases, also known as "dead boxes", where the box or case on the shelf is entirely empty and the customer will not be given the item they have paid for until the transaction has been completed, usually by other store staff. Security guards are generally given the following criteria that must be met before apprehending a shoplifting suspect: You must maintain continuous observation of the shoplifter You must observe the shoplifter leave the store and fail to pay for the merchandise You must apprehend the shoplifter outside the store Many stores will put up signs warning about the consequences of shoplifting or signs warning about the use of surveillance cameras in the store.
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This is intended to deter people from trying to shoplift. Retailers focusing on loss prevention often devote most of their resources to this technology. Using CCTVs to apprehend shoplifters in the act requires full-time human monitoring of the cameras.
Sophisticated CCTV systems discriminate the scenes to detect and segregate suspicious behaviour from numerous screens and to enable automatic alerting.
However, the attentiveness of the surveillance personnel may be threatened by false reliance on automatics. The EAS system will warn of a potential shoplifter and the video may provide evidence for prosecution if the shoplifter is allowed to pass checkout points or leave store premises with unbought merchandise.
Many stores will use public-view monitors in the store to show people there that they are being recorded. This is intended as a deterrent to shoplifting. Some stores use inexpensive dummy cameras.
Even though these fake cameras cannot record images, their presence may deter shoplifting. Electronic article surveillance[ edit ] Electronic article surveillance EAS are magnetic or radio-frequency tags that sound an alarm if a shoplifter leaves a store with store items that have not been paid for.
Some stores also have detection systems at the entrance to the bathrooms that sound an alarm if someone tries to take unpaid merchandise with them into the bathroom.
Regularly, even when an alarm does sound, a shoplifter walks out casually and is not confronted if no guards are present because of the high number of false alarms, especially in malls, due to "tag pollution" whereby non-deactivated tags from other stores set off the alarm.
This can be overcome with newer systems and a properly trained staff. Some new systems either do not alarm from "tag pollution" or they produce a specific alarm when a customer enters the store with a non-deactivated tag so that store personnel can remove or deactivate it so it does not produce a false alarm when exiting the store.
However, with tags spider wrap may be used instead of tags. Electronic article surveillance tags: Some tags are stuck onto merchandise with glue rather than being superimposed on the shoplifter can easily scrape off the tag in their pocket.
Pedestal EAS covers, which are made of durable vinyl, offer cost-effective means of adding a marketing tool at every entrance to a store; they are also custom-manufactured to fit any pedestal and can be printed to highlight specific brands or seasonal promotions.
They do not interfere with the performance of the EAS systems and are easily cleaned or changed. Stores may employ technology to detect jammers and magnets.
If a product with an active RFID tag passes the exit scanners at a Walmart outlet, not only does it set off an alarm, but it also tells security personnel exactly what product to look for in the shopper's cart. They are used to deter the use of booster bags which are used to shield EAS tags.
Staff roles[ edit ] A British store owner using a two-way radio to remain in contact with police, an approach that law enforcement officers hope will reduce shoplifting.ashio-midori.com is the place to go to get the answers you need and to ask the questions you want.
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