When it comes to creating a safer shopping environment, retailers and technology companies have their work cut out for them. The D&D Daily released their Q1 Retail Fatalities Report, and there’s some alarming news: retail crime deaths during Q1 have increased 22% over 2016. And while the percentage of retail deaths due to homicide has decreased, the percentage of retail deaths due to violent crime has increased by 12%.
The report defines retail crime deaths as deaths that occurred during robberies, burglaries, shoplifting incidents and car jackings. Also alarming is that a greater number of people were killed in stores vs. in parking lots.
The Most Dangerous Cities/States
The most dangerous cities in 2019 Q1 were:
- Ft. Worth, TX
- Charlotte, NC
- DeKalb, GA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Wayne, NJ
The most dangerous states in 2019 Q1 were:
- North Carolina
More Retailers Investing in Security Tech to Fight Crime
Retail security leaders have a tough job. It can be difficult to recognize individuals that pose a threat to store safety. According to NRF data Nearly 30% of retailers are investing in additional security technologies to combat ORC. If violent retail crime continues to rise, we could see the corresponding technology investment trend go higher.
The good news for retailers is that the technology that can help prevent crimes has never been better. At FaceFirst, we focus on identifying repeat offenders so that crimes can be prevented before stolen merchandise is on its way out the door. Once a crime is in progress, the potential for violence is escalated. Facial recognition also works in tandem with other technologies like EAS, RFID, CCTV and others to help retailers create safer environments for employees and customers.
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