We are mainly all rather clued up these days to online theft from scam emails which are sent from what appear to be from reputable sources, made to look like they are from our banks, Paypal or other trusted sources.
Telephone scams pretending to be from software companies trying to trick us into thinking we have a virus on our computers and some even pretend to be from the police/banks trying to get hold of our pincodes – some are rather easy to spot as fake however those con artists are getting cleverer every day.
I’d like to hope that if we were all 100% clued up on these scams and cons that the criminals would just stop but of course they will just keep trying new ways all the time.
It isn’t just individuals who are victims to these but retailers too, for them having to deal with crime can be one of the worst aspects of their jobs. Items being stolen can have a negative effect on business – prices need to increase to counter for the lost stock and fingers pointed for someone to blame. Retailers are at risk from a broad variety of criminal activity according to Secom.
Did you know that there were 3.6 million incidents of retail crime recorded between 2015 and 2016? With the direct financial cost of crime suffered by the industry standing at £660 million and the cost of customer theft alone standing at a whopping £438 million!
I find that shocking and would hate to imagine the amount of staff who went on to lose their jobs due to thefts within their stores – we can’t all have eyes in the backs of our heads and if the thieves are determined they will usually find a way sadly.
Recent statistics also confirm that violence and abuse towards staff is also growing, this is currently up 40% year on year.
Why not take a look at the infographic below for further information