What are some reasons a retail employer may be more susceptible to crime and violence?

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

There are a number of reasons why a retail employer may be confronted with crime and violence more than an employer in another industry. For example:

  • A good deal of cash is often exchanged in retail workplaces;
  • Retail establishments are often open late or 24 hours a day;
  • Retail workers often have significant interaction with the public, and strangers who enter stores are generally unfamiliar to the employees and do not pass through security checks like in office buildings or factories;
  • Retail establishments often hold a significant amount of merchandise and goods, which may include alcohol and highly valuable merchandise such as furniture, electronics and computer equipment; and
  • Many retail workers in convenience stores or liquor stores may work alone, requiring them to monitor the cash register in addition to their other responsibilities.