John Farrell left an interesting comment on my post over at MinnPost about Target and shoplifting:
On May 10, 2011, John Farrell says:
Target isn’t better at catching shoplifters. The reason they have so many marks on the police report is that Target calls police and prosecutes every single shoplifting incident, at enormous public expense. Furthermore, they have more shoplifters because they are simply the largest retail presence in Longfellow.
You might want to read some of the material from my colleague Stacy Mitchell on the cost of big box retailers. Their use of police for every minor crime serves their bottom line, but often not the community’s best interest.
Interesting perspective. I picked up a copy of Stacy Mitchell’s book, Big-Box Swindle, (on Kindle to my phone via Amazon, which may be a “big server” rather than “big box” situation) and plan to read it on vacation.
To me, it seems likely that Target actually would be better at catching shoplifters than other stores due to their superior technology and economies of scale on security. And, can I blame a store for prosecuting those who shoplift?
More once I’ve read Mitchell’s book.