I’m a former security guard at Macy’s – we always know that when buyers are stealing, the quickest way for thieves to steal is for two reasons

A FORMER Macy’s security officer has warned staff know when shoppers are trying to steal goods.

Theft has become a major problem for retailers and stores have taken a variety of measures to combat it.

A former Macy's security guard has warned shoppers about stealing items


A former Macy’s security guard has warned shoppers about stealing itemsCredit: TikTok/somighetto
Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette lamented the rise in organized retail crime


Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette lamented the rise in organized retail crimePhoto credit: Getty

Edward Mighetto (@somighetto) has said that there are two obvious ways shops can catch thieves.

One of them is when shoppers are caught messing around with labels.

He said it was the “quickest way” staff could catch suspected shoplifters.

Mighetto also said store workers could monitor thieves’ behavior by looking at surveillance footage.

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Surveillance cameras are just one of the tactics that stores try to use to combat theft.

Organized retail crime has become a problem for retailers across the United States.

Mark Mathews, Vice President of Research, Development and Industry Analysis at National Retail Associationcalled organized retail crime a “burgeoning threat”.

He warned, “These sophisticated criminal gangs endanger the safety of employees and customers and disrupt business operations.”

Last September, the NRF announced that shrinkage was costing retailers $94 billion.

Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette warned that organized retail crime was on the rise in many parts of the United States.

He said, “These are crime levels we’ve never seen before.”

Gennette said department stores are now using radio frequency ID tags so staff can better monitor stock levels.

The company is also hiring more store security guards and securing high-end brands with locked cables and censors.

Meanwhile, Target CEO Brian Cornell warned that the impact of the downsizing is putting tremendous pressure on the company’s finances.

In a conference call earlier this month, Cornell warned, “The unfortunate fact is that incidents of violence are increasing in our stores and throughout retail.

“And if products are stolen, they’re simply unavailable to guests who depend on them.”

“And left unchecked, theft and organized retail crime are damaging the communities we call home.”

Cornell has also highlighted some of the measures the popular chain is taking, including installing more devices to protect its merchandise and “adjusting assortment” at affected stores.

Richard McPhail, CFO of Home Depot, also laments the rise in organized crime.

Crime is increasing

He said CNBC: “The country has a problem with retail theft.”

In March, said Scott Glenn, vice president of asset protection at Home Depot CNBC crime rose into double digits.

He said: “I can tell you that in our world we know that crime is on the rise. We see it in our stores every day.”

Macy’s, Target, and Home Depot aren’t the only chains hit by crime.

Walmart has put in place a number of measures designed to deter shoplifters.

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Merchandise like coffeemakers and blood glucose tests have been wrapped in spider wrap, beauty items have been stored in cabinets, and Walmart employees monitor self-checkouts for suspicious behavior.

A head cashier known only as James told it The guard He felt like a predator as he monitored his Washington state store for theft.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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