Organized retail theft continues to rise, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey. The results of the survey beg the question -- are retailers increasing their loss prevention and security efforts in response?
One indicator appears to be that 36 percent of the 61 retailers surveyed said their company is increasing its annual loss prevention budget. Another is that the NRF has dedicated an annual event called NRF Protect, described as "retail's loss prevention, digital fraud and cyber risk event."
The IFPO has a stake in loss prevention as well, as the profession is one of the most popular for security professional to enter. For more information, go to the IFPO's Career Center.
Here is an excerpt from the NRF study:
The toll from organized retail crime continues to be a serious problem for retailers, with the average loss topping $700,000 per $1 billion in sales. NRF's Organized Retail Crime survey helps retailers measure the impact of ORC and understand evolving tactics to fight the ongoing challenge.
-- The financial impact of organized retail crime is considerable. ORC costs retailers an average of $719,548 per $1 billion dollars in sales.
-- ORC continues to pose a serious threat to retailers. Three in four ORC victims said they’ve seen an increase over the past 12 months.
-- More than six in 10 see the need for a federal law to combat organized retail crime.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers.
We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.
International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement
Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.
Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.
Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.
Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.
Mission Statement Part II.
“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”