Thieves can't hide from pryin' eyes.It's said that nobody likes a busybody, but security professionals are one exception to that rule. Highly curious and observant people scare off crooks and make excellent witnesses. For example, recent research shows that the presence of "busy-body" customers can deter store thieves.
"[A]ctive, random threats to shoplifters like moving, alert staff and too many nosy customers can be very effective," according to interviews of 1,500 shoplifters conducted by loss prevention expert Read Hayes for the Loss Prevention Research Council and the University of Florida University of Florida is the third-largest university in the United States, with 50,912 students (as of Fall 2006) and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. .
Since busybody customers may be hard to come by, staff should be encouraged to act the part of to take the character of; to fulfill the duties of.
See also: Act the quidnunc quid·nunc
A nosy person; a busybody.
[Latin quid nunc?, what now? : quid, what; see kwo- in Indo-European roots + nunc, now; see . Motivated personnel must regularly approach and acknowledge customers. Keeping display and storage areas organized and tracking "hot" products limit theft and collusion, according to Hayes. The interviews indicated that plainclothes detectives can be effective if shoplifters know that undercover detectives might be present. In addition, protective merchandising, cables, and other "restrictive measures" can help to reduce shoplifting Ask a Lawyer
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Less effective measures include the use of store logo marks or stickers on products: "Data indicate that marking does little to affect the resale value of goods for fences," Hayes concludes. And the research corroborates earlier findings that CCTV CCTV
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