Retail Loss Prevention | Plastic Bag Gone!

Retail Loss Prevention. In Australia, most major supermarkets and retail stores have banned single-use plastic bags. This means every shopper has to come to the supermarket with their own shopping bags or buy the multi-use plastic bags in the store. As it’s not always easy to remember to bring your multi-use plastic bags back into the shops, this has created a unique group of shoppers as they do not have shopping bags, but purchase their groceries and hold it in their hands, walking around the shopping centre.

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A few months back as a security guard who has a lot of retail security experience, you hardly see people holding their grocery or shopping items in their hands, almost every customer has their items in a shopping bag, tucked in a trolley, or carried in their hands. 2018 has changed that in Australia, and now customers have started to adjust to new changes either remembering their multi-use bags or carrying their purchased groceries in a trolley or in hand with no bags.

Retail Loss Prevention | Happy Lifters!

Now we have a group of people who have gleefully taken full advantage of this single-use plastic bag ban and they are known as ‘shoplifters.’ How do shoplifters steal easily? Well, they walk into any store, sometimes with their own bags, sometimes bags with another major retailer logo on it, to look like they just came in from another store. These bags are mainly empty in their trolley, and they fill these bags with stock from the store and push the trolley straight out without going through checkout. They look less suspicious because they have different retailer shopping bags in their trolley, so it looks like they just couldn’t find what they are looking for in the store and have left. It is not true as it was just a distraction and they have stolen from the store.

Sometimes these shoplifters just come to grab items they want in the store and they just walk out. As other genuine customers also have their own shopping in their hands, staff members in this retail store hardly can identify who has stolen and who just purchased an item. In times past, when you genuinely shop you get the free single-use bag to bag your items, and if you carry items in your bare hands the chances of them being stolen items are pretty high, and the retailer’s attention will be drawn to that customer.

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The ban on single-use plastic bags has caused a major spike in retail theft and the shoplifter is one of the biggest beneficiaries of such a ban at the moment. Security Concepts Services is a company that cares about the planet and our environment, and we support such a ban, but as a security business with vast retail security experience, we advocate for the retailer to be more vigilant, hire more security guards, or loss prevention officers to assist.
Security Concepts Service also recommends retailers train their staff members in theft and loss prevention techniques.

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