Getting inside criminal minds

Read Hayes, director of Loss Prevention Research Council, brings shoplifters into Gainesville stores. He accompanies shoplifters into the stores to assess the stores security measures. They talk about how they decide which stores to steal from, what to steal and the security measures they notice of the stores. His work involves researching theft and prevention measures. Hayes and his team interviews 20 offenders a week and bring into stores in Gainesville, North Florida, and Georgia to see what they notice. The offenders’ identities are kept confidential. Hayes main goal is to “get an idea of what cues these offenders pick up on.” His research has shown potential shoplifters are unlikely to shoplift with enhanced public view monitors in stores. His tools include cameras, signs, electronic tags, and trained employees. The LPRC opened an office in Innovation Square and is setting up a mock store for research purposes.  The council is working alongside the Gainesville Police Department to look into areas around a local big box store. 


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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