Retail Crime – A Perfect Storm


  • Donald Meyerhoff


organised retail crime, police reform, COVID-19


In recent years there has been a noticeable increase in crime and theft aimed at retail establishments. Often these events involve organised groups that systematically steal and sell in-demand items. More recently, there has also been an increase in crowd or mob-based looting events, presenting merchants with overwhelming circumstances outside of their ability to control. This study examines various influences that contribute to this dilemma. Factors commonly believed to contribute to theft and looting that are discussed include adjustments made in criminal charging and prosecution of retail thefts, current public events focusing on police violence, prosecutorial reforms, and the impact of COVID-19 on law enforcement responses.

Author Biography

Donald Meyerhoff

Don Meyerhoff is a national-level branch chief with a federal agency, responsible for the protection of facilities, employees and high value critical assets. Dr. Meyerhoff has 30 years of law enforcement and security management experience. He is also an adjunct professor with the School of Security and Global Studies, American Military University. He is a Certified Protection Professional, Professional Certified Investigator and Physical Security Professional with ASIS International, a Certified Security Project Manager with the Security Industry Association, and Security+ with CompTia.




How to Cite

Meyerhoff, D. (2023). Retail Crime – A Perfect Storm. Salus Journal, 10(2), 1–16. Retrieved from



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