Home Depot Executive Issues Warning To Congress

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(TargetLiberty.org) – Scott Glenn, the Vice President of Asset Protection for Home Depot, has requested from Congress that they pass legislation that would help protect retail stores from retail crime groups that have become more aggressive over the recent years.

Ahead of his testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence, Glenn pointed out that retail employees were not frequently threatened with physical violence, including attacks with guns and knives. Glenn in his role is required to ensure that the employees, associates, customers, and the merchandise across the more than 2,000 Home Depot stores in the United States would be protected.

Earlier this year Congress introduced the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023, which Glenn has argued would be particularly important if it passed as it would provide retailers with the tools to stop such thefts.

The National Retail Federation has noted that if the Act passes then it would increase the coordination between state and local law enforcement in their attempts to combat retail crime.

Glenn argued regarding those involved in retail crime, that they were becoming more aggressive and they often did not exhibit any concerns about what possible consequences they might face for their actions. Instead, their sole focus is on leaving the store with as many products as possible. Glenn pointed out that one of the reasons that the level of aggression has increased is because of the high availability of drugs, including fentanyl, which has resulted in the need for easy cash.

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