Welcome to Retail COP: Canada's only online retail crime prevention community. Retail COP is an effective, efficient and innovative crime prevention tool for all businesses. Strong partnership between Lethbridge Police Service and local Businesses and Loss Prevention Officers has led to the creation of this program, which has a proven record for increasing arrest and prosecution rates among criminals who target our businesses. We hope to empower loss prevention officers, independent business owners and managers with this FREE program, and allow them to recognize the criminals who target our businesses.
The single biggest factor in preventative policing is communication and intelligence sharing. At approximately 90,000 people Lethbridge is not so big that communication and intelligence sharing is difficult. In fact within the police service information is shared relatively quickly. However efficient preventive policing and offender management requires better communication not just within the police service but especially with other agencies and within the community.
The goal of this site is to empower loss prevention officers, independent business owners and managers and allow them to recognize the criminals who target our businesses. It will also assist the Lethbridge Police Service in locating, identifying and charging criminals responsible.
Shoplifting though to the individual store may seem insignificant has substantial ramifications to the community and market as a whole, Canadian Statistics suggest retail theft costs Canadians $4,000,000,000 per year.
The simple act of sharing information will allow Police, Owners and Loss Prevention Officers to recognize risks and take significant preventative steps to eliminate the problem.