Retail Security Expert Witness
Why Shoplifting Suspects SHOULD NOT be Chased Inside the Store.
This happened in 2006 in a grocery store located in Virginia. The case went to trial to trial in 2011 where the Jury found for the Plaintiff and awarded her a sizable 6-figure amount of money. The Jury verdict and monetary award was appealed to the Virginia State Supreme Court where the Court denied a hearing on the case, effectively upholding the Jury verdict and award.
The facts of the case are:
There were several other factors that entered into this case:
Curtis Baillie CSC was the Ad-Hoc Chairman and Co-Author of the IAPSC committee that reviewed, updated and republished the retail security industry Best Practice: "Detention of Shoplifting Suspects by Loss Prevention and Security Personnel" This Best Practice may be purchased through the IAPSC.
The retail security industry Best Practice guideline recommends not chasing shoplifting suspects in the store:
“Loss Prevention agents or security persons normally do not "chase" suspects by running inside a store or in shopping centers that are occupied by customers."
Purchase the entire IAPSC Best Practice "Detaining Shoplifting Suspects