According to figures released by IBEC in 2012, 36% of Employers surveyed have experienced stock thief by employees and over half of retailers have experienced increased levels of crime in the last two years, with over half a billion euros (€512 million) of retail stock stolen every year. Retail industrial associations have called for a more pro-active and collaborative approach from Gardai and retailers and said those caught shoplifting should bear the full brunt of the law.
The survey of 33 retail companies, which have over 800 shops and employ over 67,500 people around the country, found that in the period 2010 to 2012:
52% of retailers said that they have experienced an increase in crime in the last two years
Nearly half of retailers (49%) have experienced theft of cash from their premises
82% have suffered from shoplifting, with 39% experiencing theft of stock from employees
Over a third (36%) have experienced refund fraud and almost half (46%) have experienced credit card or cheque fraud
Just under one in three (30%) have experienced criminal damage
One in three (33%) intend to increase the level of security tagging on items sold in their stores in the next 12 months.
Our dedicated agents will identify and profile security risks to your business from individuals, employees and criminal gangs in order to present you with the evidence and intelligence you need to protect your interests and prosecute active and intending threats.