- Participants: 25 large retail companies with 23,250 stores and over $700 billion in retail sales (2014).
- Apprehensions: 1,272,560 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2014, up 7.1% from 2013.
- Recovery Dollars: Over $225 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2014, up 10.4% from 2013
- Shoplifter Apprehensions: 1,192,194 shoplifters were apprehended in 2014, up 7.4% from 2013.
- Shoplifter Recovery Dollars: Over $159 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters in 2014, an increase of 7.5% from 2013. An additional $82.5 million was recovered from shoplifters where no apprehension was made, up a significant 15.2% from 2013.
- Employee Apprehensions: 80,366 dishonest employees were apprehended in 2014, up 1.7% from 2013.
- Employee Recovery Dollars: Over $66 million was recovered from employee apprehensions in 2014, up 18.1% from 2013.
- One in every 38 employees was apprehended for theft from their employer in 2014. (Based on over 3.0 million employees.)
- On a per case average, dishonest employees steal over 6 times the amount stolen by shoplifters ($825.36 vs $133.80).
Results from job applicant survey shows further worrying indicators
|→ I have frequently associated with fellow employees who admitted they were stealing merchandise from the company.||18.4%||5.4%|
|→ I am not an honest person and might steal or cheat.||9.3%||1.7%|
|→ I could be tempted to steal from my employer.||26.7%||7.8%|
|→ I might help friends steal from my company.||14.6%||1.3%|
|→ I have stolen money within the past 3 years.||17.5%||5.2%|
|→ I have stolen merchandise within the past 3 years.||15.9%||4.5%|
|→ I would possibly use marijuana/illegal drugs in the future.||23.1%||6.5%|
|→ I have previously sold marijuana or other illegal drugs.||4.3%||0.9%|
We strongly suggest that retailers of all size, read this Annual Retail Theft Survey from Jack L. Hayes International.