Shoplifting prevention all about employee safety, training

Major bust in Ontario highlights challenges for retailers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/17/2015

It was a big bust — nearly $1 million worth of stolen clothing was seized by York Regional Police in late March after they broke up a major shoplifting ring in the Greater Toronto Area. The full investigation revealed a Toronto home was being run as an unlicensed retail store, filled with the pinched goods.


Shop thievery is a huge problem across the country. It’s a big part of the $4.6 billion in annual losses faced by employers when it comes to internal crime, external crime and administrative errors, according to Stephen O’Keefe, vice-president of operations at the Retail Council of Canada in Toronto.