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Richard Hollinger, Professor, Criminology, Law, and Society

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Richard Hollinger
Richard Hollinger

Criminology Professor Richard Hollinger was presented the National Retail Federation's Ring of Excellence Award on June 12 in recognition of his contributions to the field of loss prevention. Hollinger is the first academic ever to receive the honor, which is usually bestowed upon those working inside the retail industry.

Hollinger is the director of the Security Research Project in the UF Department of Criminology, Law and Society. For the past 16 years he has led the annual National Retail Security Survey, polling the vice presidents of security and loss prevention at all the major retail department stores, discount chains, specialty stores, pharmacies and major grocery stores in the U.S.

Hollinger’s survey has become the benchmark for identifying retail shrinkage trends across the nation. In an industry that loses more than $30 billion a year to theft, the yearly assessment has become a way to recognize the best practices for preventing loss.

“Retailers nationwide lose more than $17 billion a year due to employee theft, $10 billion to shoplifting and the rest to vendor fraud and administrative error,” Hollinger said. “None of the property crimes people worry about—such as convenience store theft, bank robberies and household burglary—even come close to these numbers. And compounding the problem is that we all pay for this loss in terms of higher prices.”

Hollinger first became interested in loss prevention in high school, while working at a grocery store with rampant employee theft and shoplifting. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Georgia and received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1979. He was named CLAS Teacher of the Year in 1998 and has authored three books, including “Theft By Employees.”

The National Retail Federation’s Ring of Excellence Award honors loss prevention professionals whose achievements and outstanding leadership have shaped the industry. It recognizes pioneers in the loss prevention community whose honor, integrity and character serve as an example for the industry.

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