SaferPlaces Field Initiatives
SaferPlaces Field Research
SaferPlaces is an ongoing research program aimed at improving loss prevention strategies within retail environments. We involve law enforcement, experienced research scientists, real-life retail staff, customers, and former criminals to explore how various factors influence loss prevention.
The objective of this field research is to identify more effective methods for deterring potential criminals, reducing shrinkage, and creating a safer shopping environment for customers.
Building Stronger, More Secure Communities
Collaboration and Innovation
Field Research Process
The process of conducting SaferPlaces Field Research is thorough and methodical. It generally begins with identifying a retail environment to conduct the research — a store, warehouse, or other relevant location.
Next, LPRC researchers implement various interventions, such as signage, product positioning, surveillance technologies, and more. We then monitor these interventions over a period of time to determine their effectiveness.
The results are analyzed using rigorous scientific methods to draw objective, evidence-based conclusions. These findings are presented in an easy-to-understand format so that retailers can implement the strategies in their stores.
Improving Community Crime Prevention
Community crime prevention requires an “all hands on deck” approach, including residents, law enforcement, and neighborhood businesses. Rather than merely donating money to local efforts, retailers and local companies can become a proactive part of the solution and apply our findings to their locations across the country.
Through field research, the LPRC continues to identify new ways for retailers and company leaders to get involved in keeping their communities safe. We invite you to get involved with LPRC and the SaferPlaces research initiative.