Retail Theft Forum

As CEO of the Chamber I sit on a number of boards and panels and one of these panels is the Retail Theft forum alongside WA Police. Here are some interesting facts from the last meeting        

  • The theft of packaged Liquor has increased by 5.5%
  • There is a State-wide increase of 3%

The greatest increase in offences has strong correlations with juvenile offenders. The impact of this is creating an immediate and obvious impact upon the community in anti social behaviour, assault, damage and a wide range of other offences

This increase of theft has direct contribution of 60% of all police calls.

90% of all police calls are liquor related and occur between the hours of 10pm – 2 am

Analysis was conducted whereby 362 processed persons were examined into offences pre-empted through committing liquor offences. The examination revealed that 14 % of these persons went on to continue other crime however when this related to Juveniles this figure rose to 45%. Most crime was anti-social and drew heavily into police resources.

Analysis revealed that a large proportion of offenders were of indigenous representation and the largest levels of theft occurred in lower socio economic locations.

The main article targeted for theft is ‘spirits’ usually brands like ‘Jim Beam and Jack Daniels’, usually 750ml bottles.  The amount of theft has shown to decrease dramatically by keeping these types of alcohol product locked up.

Some liquor outlets have made attempts at anti theft measures which include; Locking away high risk stock, Making a more secure entrance and exit strategy (usually to be near the counter, Place clear and highly visible security signage, Good staffing levels, Good store ‘line of sight’ visibility, CCTV and attention to item placement.

Some stores use bottle caps which can be very effective. Some bottles were tagged but not visible which doesn’t act as a deterrent

A store security analysis (33 stores inspected) revealed the following statistics;

  • 97% had some form of CCTV
  • 3% had capping measures in place
  • 80% had reasonable counter visibility
  • Approx 40% had a store audible alert upon entry or departure.
  • Security signage was low with only about 16% having effective signage.
  • Staffing levels for small stores tended to be 2 whereby 4 – 5 staff were apparent in large stores.
  • 25% of staff supplied a greeting to patrons when they entered the store with 67% engaging in some form of interaction during a visit.
  • 9% of stores had security posted at the main entry
  • The amount of packaged liquor stolen is known to be largely understated and these facts are gleaned from reported offences

For more information please contact the Chamber

– Tim 

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