Some years ago in a conversation, it was viewed that the majority of crime prevention (now called reduction) fell short of reaching the public (now called the Community) who were engaged in Shopping.
It is one of the most vulnerable times, when the mind can be elsewhere (for the Shopper). Comparing designs, products and prices blocking thought and attention. Vulnerable for the Shop Staff surrounded by items that many make a daily vigil to attempt theft. Retail Security Officers somewhere in the middle attempting to protect all but normally brought in for unacceptable stock loss reasons.
When talking about the types of crime surrounding shops and shopping – the word ‘shopcrime’ was born to describe it.
Unfortunately that crime went from the most petty to the most serious.
Shopcrime now exists as an independent among corporate image and targeted marketing.