Retail Fraud (also known as Shoplifting) is a crime committed by persons of all religious backgrounds, races, ethnicity, ages, and income level. Throughout the United States, over a half million retail fraud incidents occur each day. To combat retail fraud, many stores spend a lot of money in: employing loss prevention officers; training employees to detect and address retail fraud; the installation of theft detection devices (for example sensors) or equipment (for example, locked cases) to reduce the amount of theft.
Loss prevention officers are trained to identify person likely to shoplift, and conduct surveillance prior to the commission of any offense. The typical red flags for loss prevention officers are any or a combination of the following:
1. Nervous demeanor;