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NCJ Number: 182233 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Shoplifting Without Being Sued: Practical Advice for Retail Executives
Author(s): Michael C. Budden Ph.D.
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 165
Sponsoring Agency: Quorum Books
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56720-119-9
Sale Source: Quorum Books
Division of Greenwood Press, Inc
P.O. Box 5007
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Shoplifting is the single largest crime affecting U.S. retail merchants, with annual losses over $21 billion, and complicating the situation is the fact that individuals apprehending for shoplifting may sue stores for damages resulting from their apprehension and detention.
Abstract: In response to the shoplifting problem, States have enacted retail merchant protection statutes and civil recovery laws that allow retailers to deal more effectively with the problem. Retail merchant protection statutes give retail merchants the right to apprehend and detain individuals suspected of shoplifting, while enjoying a conditional privilege of civil liability immunity. Despite the officer of civil liability immunity, retail merchants still lose civil lawsuits with alarming regularity. The author aims to help retail store executives better understand shoplifting's enormous financial hazards to their businesses. Case examples are used to show executives and managers can and cannot do in their efforts to apprehend, detain, and prosecute shoplifters. Advice is also provided on how to use civil recovery laws, with legal cases and legal alternatives cited. References and tables
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Business crime costs; Crime prevention measures; Crimes against businesses; Lawsuits; Retail business crimes; Retail business security; Shoplifting; State laws
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