RetaiLPartners promotes the engagement of local, state and national partners to form public-private sector partnerships to combat retail crime and educate industry executives. The Founder and President is Joseph LaRocca (www.josephlarocca.com), a nationally recognized leader and public speaker on retail loss prevention, crime prevention and security related topics.
Retail crime is a major problem in the United States and we need a fresh approach to solving this problem. The best way to have a positive impact on retail crime is to gather people involved in crime prevention in every local community and bring them together to learn, share, plan, organize and collaborate in fixing this problem.
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), retailers operate more than 3.5 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.
Merchandise losses totaled over $30 billion dollars last year, according to industry experts. Violent actions in our stores and parking lots can cause injury and severely damage the reputation of the stores and malls involved. These incidents can result in safety concerns, higher prices at the register for consumers, lack of product availability and reduced sales tax revenue for cities, counties and states. In the near future we will announce programs to accomplish these objectives and much more.