Evidence-Based

Research

At the Loss Prevention Research Council, we take a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to our research. Our research team focuses on developing practical solutions to the challenges faced by the retail industry, including the constantly evolving threats of theft, fraud, and violence.

Research

Research Methodologies

LPRC’s approach to research is characterized by rigor, practicality, and collaboration. We’ve been able to make significant contributions to the field of loss prevention and help retailers protect their assets and ensure a safe and profitable environment for their employees and customers.

Because of our ongoing research, our members can make smarter, data-driven decisions about their efforts to fight organized retail theft and protect their assets, employees, and customers.

Key Aspects of Our Research

Evidence-Based Solutions

Our researchers use scientific methods like randomized field experiments, surveys, and CCTV footage analysis to gather data and evaluate the effectiveness of loss prevention strategies. We want to ensure that recommendations are based on credible evidence and not just anecdotal information.

Collaboration

We actively collaborate with other researchers, retailers, technology providers, and law enforcement to conduct research and develop solutions for the retail industry. We aim to provide findings that are always practical and readily applicable in real-world retail environments.

Multi-Method Approach

Because of our unique lab facilities, we’re able to capture the complexities of retail environments and develop more effective, multifaceted solutions. LPRC uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including offender interviews, randomized control trials, benchmarking surveys, and quantitative data collection.

Focus on Emerging Trends

We actively monitor emerging trends in organized retail theft, such as the continued rise of e-commerce and the increasing sophistication of organized crime. This enables us to anticipate future challenges and work with our partners to develop better, proactive solutions.

LPRC Research Process

Our research follows a process we call the Innovation Chain. Projects can come to the LPRC at any stage in this chain, and we help take it to the finish line.

Research

One of our key research initiatives is the INNOVATE program — an ongoing opportunity to solve real-world issues together. These collaborative projects run year-round and involve dozens of leading retail corporation leaders and partners who provide important insights and help resource LPRC’s research team. The INNOVATE program operates a variety of labs to help our research team conduct its work.

INNOVATE’s logic model uses crime scripting to identify action points along an offender’s journey to victimize others.

 As offenders make a series of choices through the “zones of influence” on their way to their target, we focus on three key areas where retailers can change the potential outcome of the crime:

Affect

How can we affect the offender’s choices (through signage, lighting, cameras, and other factors)?

Detect

How can we detect an offender’s threats and movements through technology, personnel, and systems?

Connect

How should retailers connect the actions and intel from the event with law enforcement, community organizations, and other retailers?
Offender Interviews
Types of Research
Randomized Controlled Trials
Types of Research
Benchmarking Surveys
Types of Research
Quantitative Data Collection
Types of Research

Offender Interviews

We get face to face with offenders of all experience levels, bringing them on-site in our Simulation Lab, Research Lab, or in a live Store Lab for pointed interviews. We collect their feedback and opinions on new anti-theft solutions and shadow offenders as they guide us through a specific store and reveal their thought processes.

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Randomized Controlled Trials

Randomized controlled trials are the gold standard of research designs because they provide a high level of confidence in the results. Subjects for experiments are randomly chosen from a population and assigned into one of two groups, one of which receives a “treatment,” such as a new technology or implementation of a new technique.

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Benchmarking Surveys

One unique opportunity that the LPRC offers its members is a chance to benchmark with their peers through conversation and survey formats. Interested in how others are protecting a certain product? Wondering if stores with in-aisle ePVMs experience lower shrink? Each year we conduct several dozen surveys answering questions that come straight from our members.

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Quantitative Data Collection

What do you do with all the data your organization collects? Our Data Analytics Working Group equips LP professionals with tools and feedback to make the best use of their data — and the more data the better. Every year we compile information from numerous retailers and comb through them for statistically significant relationships and potential research initiatives.

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Knowledge Center

The LPRC Knowledge Center is a powerful resource hub that houses a wealth of AP/LP information including the results of all our research. It’s a great way to stay informed, grow your expertise, and find practical solutions to your retail security challenges.

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Sharing Our Research

LPRC disseminates our research findings through publications, presentations, webinars, and other helpful channels. We want our work to reach the broadest possible audience and ultimately benefit the entire retail industry worldwide.

Members have access to the results of all our research.