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Corporate Crime Up In Canada

Corporate crime has risen in Canada over the last year, with sour economic conditions cited as a factor, according a new report.  Survey results released Thursday by global business-advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers shows 56 per cent of Canadian companies saying they had been victims of economic crimes within the previous 12 months. That was up four percentage points from a similar study done in 2007 and 10 points higher than what was reported in 2003.

There were 52 Canadian firms involved in the survey, which was conducted in the fall.  Read the article here.


OSHA Advised Retailers on Crowd Safety

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers are being told by the U.S. government to take greater precautions with their Black Friday shopping events to avoid a repeat of last year, when a worker was trampled by customers. Guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration includes using a bullhorn to manage crowds, setting up barricades or rope lines and clearing the entrances of shopping carts and other potentially dangerous obstacles, according to a statement released by the agency.  The National Retail Federation issued its own guidelines for its members earlier this month, and Bentonville, Ark.- based Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is extending store hours to manage crowds.  Read the article here.


Research Poll: Americans Approve of Video Surveillance to Fight Terrorism

A recent Harris Poll survey indicates that 96 percent of U.S citizens feel the federal government and law enforcement agencies should be able to use video surveillance in an effort to counteract terrorism and help protect U.S. citizens in specific public places.

Four out of five adults feel that in extreme cases, such as a terrorist attack, the government should be able to use any available means to protect citizens, and more than half (54 percent) of U.S. adults are even willing to put a portion of the government’s stimulus funds toward setting up video surveillance to help reduce crime.   Read the full article here.


New Book Release

My good friend and colleague, Adrian Beck, has just had his new book released by Palgrave-McMillan Publishing.  In New Loss Prevention: Redefining Shrinkage Management, Beck and Colin Peacock, from Proctor & Gamble, give a fresh look at many of the traditional issues we face and challenge existing, preconceived ideas and approaches to tackling shrinkage. 

Beck is a Reader in Criminology and Head of the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.  He is one of the leading researchers in the area of retail loss prevention and shrinkage and the chief architect behind the ECR Road Map for Shrinkage.  Colin Peacock has global responsibility for shrinkage management, on-shelf availability and brand protection for P&G.

Use this link to open a PDF order form for the book – New Loss Prevention – Order Form