All about the misdirection

Some shoplifters find it easier to work with an accomplice, or group of accomplices. One of the reasons why is the important use of misdirection. If a shoplifter has an accomplice to misdirect the attention of employees, or other customers, they increase their chances of success.

To prevent retail theft from happening in your stores, it helps to know how this misdirection can occur.

Blocking is probably tied for the number one way. While one of the shoplifters is trying to defeat the anti theft devices, or is starting to conceal the desired merchandise, another shoplifter will block them. They may use a shirt, large box, or a towel, whatever is handy, to hold up in front of them, as a visual shield.

The other way is to have the accomplice distract the store employees while the shoplifter conceals or exits with the stolen product. The accomplice may ask unending questions, or even fake an injury or accident to clear the way.

While there are times you might not be able to tie the two together, being aware of what is going on around the distractions can play a key role in preventing retail theft using accomplices.

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Posted August 10th, 2012 by Staff Writer and filed in prevent theft

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