BOCA RATON, Florida - November 23, 2001 - With retailers already in the midst
of one of the most challenging sales climates in years, a new retail study reports
that inventory theft could further erode retail profits, especially during the
critical holiday shopping season.
Inventory "shrinkage," a combination of employee theft, shoplifting,
vendor fraud and administrative error cost the nation's retailers $32.3 billion
last year, according to the recently released National Retail Security Survey,
which analyzed theft incidents from 116 of the largest U.S. retail chains. The
annual survey was conducted by the University of Florida with a funding grant
from ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire and Security Services
(NYSE: TYC; LSE: TYI; BSX: TYC).
UF criminologist Richard C. Hollinger, Ph.D., who directs the National Retail
Security Survey, said results indicate that in 2000, retailers lost 1.75 percent
of their total annual sales to these problems, up from 1.69 percent last year.
"Given that the surveyed portion of the retail economy annually transacts
over $1.845 trillion dollars, this percentage of loss is worth over $32 billion,"
Hollinger said. "This means that the single largest category of larceny
in the United States is the crime that occurs in retail stores. This figure
is larger than motor vehicle theft, bank robbery or household burglary combined."
According to the study, retail security managers attributed more than 46 percent
of their losses to the thefts of disgruntled workers. In comparison, 31 percent
of retail losses were the result of shoplifters. The remainder of annual retail
losses are due to paperwork errors (17.6 percent) and theft by vendors (5.8
percent). Translated into U.S. dollars, retail employee theft costs retailers
$14.9 billion annually, while shoplifting costs $10 billion.
"With the uncertainty in consumer confidence and warnings of a slow shopping
season, retailers need to look beyond the selling floor to increase and protect
their profits," said Mike Snyder, president of ADT Security Services. "Technologies
such as anti-shoplifting systems, digital video surveillance and point of sale
monitoring solutions, tied together with remote and central station monitoring,
will help retailers contain some of these losses without sacrificing good customer
According to Hollinger, results of the survey should serve as a wake-up call
to the retail industry that shrinkage continues to be a significant source of
revenue loss amounting to billions of dollars.
"In today's environment of heightened awareness about increased security
measures it's becoming increasingly important for retailers to address the security
lapses that allow these kinds of losses. In the end, it is the consumers who
will have to pay the price for shrinkage in the form of higher retail prices."
Celebrating its 127th anniversary, ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco
Fire and Security Services, is the largest single provider of electronic security
services to five million commercial, federal and residential customers throughout
North America and Europe. ADT's total security solutions include intrusion,
fire protection, closed circuit television, access control and critical conditioning
monitoring and integrated systems. ADT's website address is http://www.adt.com.
Tyco Fire and Security Services is one of the major businesses of Tyco International
Ltd. Tyco Fire and Security Services designs, manufactures, installs and services
electronic security systems, fire protection, detection and suppression systems,
sprinklers and fire extinguishers. Tyco Fire and Security Services includes
more than 60 brands, which are distributed in markets across the globe.
ABOUT TYCO INTERNATIONAL
Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC, LSE: TYI, BSX: TYC) is a diversified manufacturing
and service company. Tyco is the world's largest manufacturer and servicer of
electrical and electronic components; the world's largest designer, manufacturer,
installer and servicer of undersea telecommunications systems; the world's largest
manufacturer, installer and provider of fire protection systems and electronic
security services; and the world's largest manufacturer of specialty valves.
Tyco also holds strong leadership positions in disposable medical products,
financing and leasing capital, plastics and adhesives. Tyco operates in more
than 100 countries and had fiscal 2001 revenues in excess of $36 billion.
For more information about the National Retail Security Survey, please contact
Associate Professor of Sociology and the Center for Studies in Criminology and
Law at the University of Florida, Richard C. Hollinger, Ph. D., at (352) 335-0715
or (352) 371-6263. For more information about ADT Security Services, Inc., contact
Ann Lindstrom at (561) 988-3258 and for information about Tyco International
contact Maryanne Kane at (508) 747-0800.