Stateways March-April 2014

StateWays is the only magazine exclusively covering the control state system within the beverage alcohol industry, with annual updates from liquor control commissions and alcohol control boards and yearly fiscal reporting from control jurisdictions

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41 StateWays Q Q March/April 2014 W hen asked if criminals have any compunction against targeting state-owned liquor stores because they are a government entity, the people in charge of protecting the security of these stores just laugh. Nope. To would-be thieves and fraudsters, including employees who would steal, a state-owned liquor store is just another target, like any other retail operation. And retail crime is a big problem. According to the Global Retail Theft Barometer, an annual study done by Euromonitor International, funded by Checkpoint Sys- tems, American retailers lose, on average, 1.5% of their sales to theft. The two main sources of loss: employee theft and shoplifting. In at least one way, however, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) has a distinct advantage over private retailers. The NHLC has almost 30 of its own sworn law-enforcement offi cers in its enforcement division. One of these offi cers devotes time to constant security and loss-prevention training for NHLC store employees. She also is always available to do impromptu DETERRING AND DETECTING RETAIL CRIME IS A SERIOUS GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE. BY CHERYL URSIN Playing Defense

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