Retail stores in the US and UK frequently have CCTV cameras
There are innocent people who have been unjustly accused for shoplifting. They suffer from embarrassment and mistreatment. However, they can be successfully be represented by a shoplifting lawyer who has extensive experience with the law. It is frustrating to have a criminal record especially if you have not committed a crime.
If you watched Minority Report, there is a scene where algorithms are being analyzed through security camera footage. Staff is alerted that there are suspicious persons through a smartphone app. The goal is prevention. If the member of the staff approaches the person to ask what he wants, theft can be prevented.
Vaak is a Japanese startup that developed artificial intelligence (AI) software to determine potential shoplifters. Footage from security cameras is analyzed for fidgeting, restlessness and suspicious body language. Vaak made the headlines last year after it successfully helped in nabbing a shoplifter at a Yokohama convenience store.
The AI software was set up in the convenience store for testing. It immediately detected a shoplifting activity and the perpetuator was arrested afterwards. This is an important step for crime prevention through artificial intelligence.
Global shoplifting costs in the retail industry amounts to $34 billion in terms of lost sales. According to Tyco Retail Solutions, the amount is 2% of the total revenue which can make a big difference in the industry with razor-thin margins. Gartner Inc. says that the retail industry will be investing $200 billion on new technology that will improve the bottom line.
Retail stores in the US and UK frequently have CCTV cameras which can be leveraged if linked to an analytics tool. An actual analysis can be performed in an efficient and effective way. It is also safe to assume that most Japanese store chain has deployed Vaak technology in some form or the other for shoplifting detection.
The first step that an individual must take when accused of shoplifting is to hire a shoplifting lawyer that can assist in mitigating the serious situation. Whether you are innocent or guilty of the crime, it will have a devastating effect on your future. Criminal lawyers have experience with the law and will ensure that you have proper support.