Retail Crime – A Perfect Storm
Keywords: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.
How to Cite
Meyerhoff, D. (2023). Retail Crime – A Perfect Storm. Salus Journal, 10(2), 1–16. Retrieved from https://view.salusjournal.com/article/view/142