Security Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 357–369 | Cite as

Evaluating the effects of protective Keeper boxes on ‘hot product’ loss and sales: A randomized controlled trial

  • Read HayesEmail author
  • Tracy Johns
  • Mike Scicchitano
  • Daniel Downs
  • Barbara Pietrawska
Original Article


Retail companies lose large quantities of key merchandise because of errors, omissions, fraud and theft. Lost inventory frustrates consumers, skews stocking processes and reduces sales. Further, theft events introduce violence and concern into retail environments. Victimized businesses fight back against losses by installing crime prevention measures, but fail to use rigorous research to design, evaluate and refine countermeasures. Grounded in situational crime prevention, this article describes a 10-store randomized controlled trial on the effects of plastic protective Keeper boxes on loss and sales levels of a ‘hot product’. The study provided evidence of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the countermeasure in a micro place environment.


situational crime prevention overload shoplifting hot products RCT evidence-based 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Read Hayes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tracy Johns
    • 2
  • Mike Scicchitano
    • 2
  • Daniel Downs
    • 1
  • Barbara Pietrawska
    • 3
  1. 1.Loss Prevention Research Council, University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Florida Survey Research CentreGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.CapIndexExtonUSA

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