Crime School is a talk-show about criminal activity, how it impacts your life, and what you can do about it. Discussions about crime and loss prevention will provide the education and training you need to make better-informed decisions about making places safe and secure for your family whether at home, at your place of business, or when out in public.
Security expert Chris McGoey facilitates discussion about the current body of knowledge across a broad spectrum of crime and loss prevention topics.
Home Burglar Alarm System Options Before Buying
Home burglar alarm decisions are part of your family security plan.
* What home alarm system feature is important for you to consider?
* Do I need to pay to have my home burglar alarm system monitored?
* Interview by Mark Toner writing for Nationwide Insurance.
Podcast Time Stamps:
00:39 -- Show introduction by Crime School Security Expert Chris McGoey.
01:32 -- Home burglar alarm system is just another tool in the security toolbox.
01:50 -- Most homeowners don't use their alarm system once installed.
02:35 -- Interview with Mark Toner begins.
04:50 -- Alarm industry mainly is a subscription-based monitoring vendor.
07:20 -- Most homeowners just want a basic burglar deterrent system.
08:05 -- Central Station monitoring is an option that is not needed in many cases.
09:25 -- Remote alarm monitoring service is critical for fire response.
10:40 -- Before buying, make a family commitment to use the system every day.
12:10 -- Great feature hardly ever used is bedtime perimeter alarm setup.
14:15 -- Quality system components and installation prevent false alarms.
15:35 -- Are DIY off-the-shelf discount alarm systems any good?
16:45 -- False alarms are the #2 reason why people stop using the home alarm.
18:00 -- Awareness and a home security plan is the most important factor.
Home Burglar Alarm Systems are Part of Your Family Security Plan
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Home Burglar Alarm Decisions Depend on Needs
* Most people don't feel the need or want the expense of an alarm system.
* Apartment enters usually don't have an option for a home alarm system.
* Home alarm systems are designed to make noise and deter burglars.
* Alarm systems are programmed to report break-ins, but it's not required.
* Most homeowners don't require all the bells & whistles that drive up costs.
* Most alarm system owners don't use it on a regular basis if at all.
* Add a home alarm system to your family security plan and use it.
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* Home Security Alarm –Best Practices for Making Places Safe
* 10 Reasons Why Burglars Choose Your Home
* Home Security Burglars, Robbers, Safe Rooms
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Adult Shoplifters Caught Using Children for Theft at Walmart
Adult Shoplifters are using Kids for theft at a Florida Walmart.
* Why do adult shoplifters use children to commit theft from retail stores?
* Arrest reports show that parents teach their children how to be thieves?
* Interview by Jim Ross with the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper.
Podcast Time Stamps:
00:39 -- Show introduction by Crime School Security Expert Chris McGoey.
03:39 -- Interview begins by Jim Ross with the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper.
03:50 -- Police arrest parents shoplifting with 12-year old daughter at Walmart.
04:52 -- What is the frequency of older kids shoplifting with adults or parents?
05:10 -- In a case like this, is the child a victim, a shoplifter, or both?
06:00 -- Was a book written about using children called "Oliver Twist".
07:00 -- Adult shoplifters believe children make them look less suspicious.
08:10 -- Parents normally do not shoplift in front of older children.
10:05 -- Most adults will not shoplift in front of their significant other.
13:00 -- Adult shoplifters hope loss prevention agents will be fooled by this.
13:44 -- Crime School Host Chris McGoey gives his thoughts about the story.
14:50 -- Corporate retailers have policy challenges regarding shoplifter detentions.
20:00 -- Corporate policy needs to address every detention/arrest protocol.
20:55 -- Criminal charges are sometimes reduced or dismissed by courts.
21:25 -- Retailers are sometimes exposed to civil liability from judicial decisions.
24:00 -- Whose rights are more important to protect: Criminal v. Retailer?
25:58 -- Shoplifters can file civil lawsuits when criminal cases are dismissed.
Parents Accused of Shoplifting with their Kids at Walmart
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Adult Shoplifters with Children Challenge Loss Prevention
* Older children usually do not shoplift together with adults.
* Likewise, significant others generally do not shoplift together.
* Adults with infants in large baby carriages sometimes require monitoring.
* Adult shoplifters believe that children nearby makes them less suspicious.
* Do a Google Search of "Walmart children shoplifting with parents Florida"
* Some adult shoplifters will abandon their children in-store to avoid capture.
* Retailers need complex policies how to deal with adult shoplifters with children.
* Difficult to formulate a nationwide shoplifter apprehension policy.
* Legal/practical implications require local detention/apprehension standards.
* Cannot afford to let local police sort-it-out after a family theft apprehension.
* Decisions relating to the prosecution of a family of shoplifters requires caution.
* The criminal justice system can expose a retailer to detention/arrest liability.
* Shoplifters rights often get top priority during the judicial process.
Juvenile Shoplifting Until Adults Throw Red Bull Cans at Cashier
Juvenile Shoplifting - Petty Theft with Low Risk of Incarceration
* Juveniles working gangster-style with adults makes crime a felony
* Adults directing children to steal $350 of Red Bull Energy Drinks
* Adult parents throw 12oz cans at a clerk escalating to a robbery
Podcast Time Stamps:
00:50 -- CrimeSchool.com/44 podcast begins with security expert Chris McGoey
01:00 -- AM/PM Convenience Store video caught juvenile shoplifting in the act
01:30 -- Watch the mother attempt to distract the cashier from seeing the theft
02:50 -- Watch the father throw 12oz Red Bull cans at cashier aids kids to escape
03:20 -- Father's use of force escalates juvenile shoplifting to felony robbery
04:40 -- Red Bull Energy Drink is a hot Organized Retail Crime theft item
05:35 -- Organized thieves clean out entire shelves to sell on the black market
07:00 -- Organized Retail Crime is a multi-billion dollar loss for the retail industry
Juvenile Shoplifting Video (starts after a short delay)
Juvenile Shoplifting Training by Disgraceful Parents
* Children learn what they hear and see especially the parents' gangster lifestyle
* These children are learning not to respect people, the law, and rules of society
* These children are taught that use-of-force and intimidation is like a game
* Many adult career criminals say they started with juvenile shoplifting
* Petty theft is often overlooked by the justice system as a phase of growing up
* Our future depends on parents raising productive and law-abiding children
* Juvenile shoplifting escalates to fraud, burglary, robbery, assault, and worse
* Law enforcement and juvenile courts intervene when parents fail in their duty
* Juvenile shoplifting petty theft is charged as burglary if adults aid and abet
* Bad parent role models, bad friends, early incarceration sets the path for life
Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Use Juvenile Shoplifting
* Retail loss prevention agents see adults using kids as shields to shoplift
* Store personnel need training on how to approach and deter organized thieves
* Organize Retail Crime (ORC) prefer big box stores with poor customer service
* Loss Prevention door-greeters are successful in preventing cart push-outs
* ORC shoplifting crews from foreign countries plagued cities then move on
* ORC work in teams and often clean out entire shelf-stock of targeted items
* Stolen items sold at black market stores, restaurants, bars, and swap meets
* Black market easier now with illicit online sales on eBay, Craigslist, Facebook
* Organized Retail Crime is a multi-billion dollar loss to retailers every year
* Big box store loss prevention has partnered with police to arrest theft crews
* ORC sting-operations and legislation enacted to prosecute ORC leaders
Common high-theft items by ORC shoplifters:
* Red Bull Energy Drinks
* Razors and blades
* Over-the-counter pain medication
* Baby formula and diapers
* Pregnancy test kits
* Teeth whitening strips
* Tide laundry detergent
* Diabetic test strips
* Allergy medication
Robbery Homicide – High Crime Location Mom Pop Convenience Stores
Robbery Homicide of a Tampa Florida Convenience Store Owner
* How mom and pop stores and small budgets prevent armed robbery?
* How to reduce the robbery-homicide risk in a high-crime neighborhood?
* Interview by Tony Marrero with The Tampa Bay Times.
Podcast Time Stamps:
00:40 -- Show introduction to Crime School Security Expert Chris McGoey
03:40 -- Interview begins with Tony Marrero at Tampa Bay Times newspaper
05:40 -- In 2011 and 2017, same-store owner confronted robbers and was shot
06:50 -- What can mom and pop stores do to prevent armed robbery violence?
08:00 -- Neighborhood exhibited high-crime posture with bars on windows
09:20 -- Store needed security bars on openings, and windows blocked with signs
11:20 -- Do bullet-resistant barriers prevent violence like robbery homicide?
15:45 -- Video of 2011 robbery available to view at CrimeSchool/43
17:15 -- C-store chains use time-delay drop-safes to support cash control
18:15 -- Hard to get store operators not to resist during robbery homicide threat
20:30 -- Poor high-crime neighborhoods need stores, but cost more to secure
Beloved convenience store owner fights with robbers. Is shot and killed!Tweet This
Store Owner Killed During Armed Robbery in Tampa Florida
Robbery Homicide Crime Risk Preventive Steps
* Ask the local police for help in evaluating business crime risk at your location
* Evaluate prior crime risk, neighborhood crime, and quality of escape routes
* Limit hours of operation for isolated stores in residential neighborhoods
* Maximize visibility in and out of the store by keeping windows clear of signs
* Multiple clerks on duty may prevent some robberies, but not always
* Use a time-delay drop safe in high crime stores to help reduce cash on hand
* Implement and enforce strict cash handling policies to limit available cash
* Don't accept bills larger than $20 and let customers see bills being dropped
* Use door, window, and drop safe signage to support your cash handling policies
* Use video surveillance cameras as a robbery deterrent and training aid
* Get robbery prevention training and teach staff to act safely during a robbery
* Don't argue or fight with armed robbers. Keep the robbery transaction short
* Having in-store weapons increases the chance of robbery homicide for everyone
* Fighting with armed robbers for their gun increases robbery homicide risk
* After risk assessment, develop a comprehensive security plan to reduce risk
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Loss Prevention Procedures Prevent Liquor Wine Store Theft
Loss Prevention Procedures are the Glue that Prevents Retail Theft
* Employee theft is always the most likely suspect in large inventory loss
* Shoplifting loss is the most controllable expense, but needs a plan
* Loss prevention procedures reduce employee theft and shoplifting
* Interview by Mike Bederka with Small Business Smarts
Podcast Time Stamps:
[02:30] -- Retail security consultant can help design loss prevention procedures
[03:15] -- Interview begins with Mike Bederka at Small Business Smarts
[03:30] -- Employee theft and shoplifting account for most inventory loss
[04:30] -- Existing staff not always suitable following a large inventory loss
[05:20] -- Many owners feel they cannot control chronic shoplifting
[06:30] -- 99% of customers act similarly while shopping; Shoplifters do not
[07:20] -- How can a retail stores eliminate shoplifting blind-spots
[08:58] -- Excellent customer service is best solution to thwart shoplifters
[10:00]-- Watch for areas frequently used by shoplifters for product staging
[11:05 ]-- Genuinely greet every customer by looking at them in the eye
[11:35] -- Keep all merchandise "faced" on the shelves to spot missing bottles
[12:35] -- Some liquor store serial shoplifters always steal the same items
[15:15] -- Best run stores train and enforce detailed loss prevention procedures
[16:05] -- Employee thieves like to blame bad inventory loss on shoplifters
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Loss Prevention Procedures with Reduce Employee Theft and Shoplifting Losses
Loss Prevention Procedures Cut Inventory Loss
* Liquor, wine, spirits, and beer super stores as large as 25,000 square feet
* People under 21 years are sometimes excluded from browsing in a store
* High retail prices make bottles of liquor, wine, and spirits a theft target
* Loss Prevention Procedures are your tools to reduce inventory shrinkage
* Procedures need to be clearly defined, well articulated, and enforced
* High standards in hiring, training, and closely supervising employees is required
* Holding employees accountable for accurately following procedures is key
* Loss prevention procedures provide the audit trail needed to check performance
* Inventory control requires consistent execution of loss prevention procedures
* Shoplifting occurs in a store you own, control, and set the rules of engagement
* Shoplifting occurs when liquor store staff are passive and inattentive
* Well-organized liquor wine spirits specialty store displays helps spot bottle loss
* Technology is the back up not replacement for good loss prevention procedures
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Restaurant Robbery Prevention Affects Franchise Chains in Houston Texas
Restaurant Robbery Prevention - What are Key Robbery Factors?
* Fast food, quick service, on major thoroughfares, open late at night
* Source of cash, easy access, good escape route, cooperative cashiers
* Interview by Andrew Kragie with the Houston Chronicle newspaper
Podcast Time Stamps:
[00:40] -- Introduction by Crime School show host Chris McGoey
[03:58] -- Restaurant robbery prevention interview begins with Andrew Kragie
[04:40] -- Restaurant robbery prevention - nature of the premises and location
[05:15] -- Why do robbers target fast-food and casual restaurants?
[06:25] -- Restaurant robbers have a profile and foreseeable method
[07:00] -- Restaurant robbery often serial robbers who favor certain chains
[07:45] -- Robbers will return to the same chain restaurant after a big score
[08:20] -- Robbers like easy access, available cash, and good escape routes
[09:00] -- Most robberies in Houston are at highways and major thoroughfares
[11:40] -- Restaurant take-over robberies happen less often due to risk
[12:25] -- Subway Restaurant is most robbed fast-food chain says Houston PD
[15:20] -- Video surveillance cameras should be highly-visible for deterrence
[17:40] -- Good cash control practices is critical using a drop safe for large bills
Houston Restaurant Robbery Pattern Along Major Thoroughfares in April 2017
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Subway Restaurants are Often Robbed due to Small Size and Available Cash
Restaurant Robbery Prevention Security Plan
* Conduct a robbery risk assessment of nature of the restaurant and location
* Partner with local police in property assessment and crime data analysis
* Review robbery history at the location and nearby for trends and patterns
* Evaluate robbery trends by month, day of week, and time of day
* Analyze every robbery incident for method of operation, access, and escape
* Review money handling policies and reduce available cash to minim level
* Use a timed-delay drop safe and immediately deposit all large bills
* Keep a minimum amount of cash on hand at night and let the world know it
* Trained all cashiers in cash handling techniques and enforce high standards
* Use highly-visible video surveillance cameras and signage as a deterrence
* Provide good supervision of seating area, parking lot, and drive-thru lanes
* Train all personnel in restaurant robbery prevention safety and security
Related Restaurant Robbery Prevention Articles and Podcasts
* Fast Food Security – Violent Crime at Quick Service Restaurants
* Armed Robbery and Homicide at Wendy's
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Great information and insight
I have been listening to this podcast now for several months. It is one of the best sources of information concerning crime, security, and ways of making your home and business safe. Keep up the good work. Thank you for all you do to help so many people.
DJ in Scottsburg, IN
Interesting, provocative, relevant and riveting
This is a very valuable service and I appreciate this high level of expertise to keep me knowledgeable, safe and sound. Everyone should subscribe and stay well-informed. Thanks Chris!
10 reasons why burglars might choose your home
I am not one of those people who believes there is a bad guy behind every bush but Chris offers good advice that can be very useful to all of us. His tips can prevent us experiencing a home robbery due to our own carelessness. It amazes me that people use social media to advertise their absence from their homes. There are plenty of other points of carelessness Chris describes that also advertises to burglars. His voice is easy to understand and listen.