Assistance Sought for Retail Crime Video

Producer wants tips from loss prevention pros


NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Liz Martinez, a college instructor in the criminal justice program at Katharine Gibbs School in New York City, is collaborating with a professional movie producer to develop a video on the topic of organized retail crime.

To ensure that the content of the video is as useful as possible to police, prosecutors, loss prevention and other store personnel, Martinez is soliciting suggestions from law enforcement and loss prevention practitioners.

"I want to ensure that all the appropriate topics are covered in this video," Martinez says. "I am asking that anyone with knowlege of ORC contact me with suggestions for topics that should be included. This film will air on television and will be made available for training store associates and loss prevention personnel, as well as to bring the issue to the attention of law enforcement and prosecutors who may want to develop a better grasp of the topic and be able to bring cases that can be successfully prosecuted."

Martinez is the author of the book "The Retail Manager's Guide to Crime and Loss Prevention" (Looseleaf Law Publications, www.RetailManagersGuide.com) and a regular contributor to this site, SecurityInfoWatch.com. The film's producer has created several critically acclaimed law enforcement related videos, a number of which have aired on television.

In addition to requesting suggestions for the video's content, Martinez is asking for information regarding any existing tapes on the topic of organized retail theft for the purpose of determining what is already available to the industry.

Anyone with suggestions or who wishes further information about the video, which will be released in late 2007, is asked to contact Martinez at retailsecurity@gmail.com.