Retailing: Policing the Grocery Store

Like many another grocery chain, Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. is usually far too busy stocking its shelves to expend much effort on law enforcement. Yet various forms of larceny are a serious problem (TIME Essay, Sept. 9). The company loses more than $8,000,000 annually from customer shoplifting, employee thefts, and the filching of some 10,000 shopping carts. Deciding that stealing has gone far enough, Kroger's management last week called on one of the U.S.'s top cops for help. Cincinnati's Police Chief Stanley Schrotel, 52, quit his municipal job to become head of the Kroger chain's security system.

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