(And now you do, too.)
- More than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from U.S. retailers each year — that's more than
$35 million per day.
- There are approximately 27 million shoplifters — that's 1 in 11 people — in our nation today.
steal from all types of stores including department stores,
specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters,
music stores, convenience stores and thrift shops.
- There is no profile of a typical shoplifter: Every potential shopper is a potential shoplifter.
- Men and women shoplift about equally as often.
- Approximately 25 percent of shoplifters are kids; 75 percent are adults.
- Fifty-five percent of adult shoplifters say they started shoplifting in their teens.
- Many shoplifters
buy and steal merchandise in the same visit. Shoplifters
commonly steal from $2 to $200 per incident depending
upon the type of store and item(s) chosen.
is often not a premeditated crime. Seventy-three percent of adult
and 72 percent of juvenile shoplifters don't plan to steal
- Eighty-nine percent of
kids say they know other kids who shoplift, and 66 percent
say they hang out with those kids.
say they are caught an average of only once in every 48
times they steal. (They are turned over to the police 50
percent of the time.)
- Approximately three percent of shoplifters are "professionals"
who steal solely for resale or profit as a business. These
include drug addicts who steal to feed their habit, hardened
professionals who steal as a lifestyle and international
shoplifting gangs who steal for profit as a business.
"Professional" shoplifters are responsible for
10 percent of the total dollar losses.
- The vast majority
of shoplifters are "non-professionals" who steal,
not out of criminal intent, financial need or greed but
mostly as a response to social and personal pressures in their
- The excitement
generated from "getting away with it" produces
a chemical reaction resulting in what shoplifters describe
as an incredible "rush" or "high." Many shoplifters will tell you that this high
is their "true reward," rather than the merchandise
- Drug addicts,
who have become addicted to shoplifting, describe shoplifting
as equally addicting as drugs.
- Fifty-seven percent of
adults and 33 percent of juveniles say it is hard for
them to stop shoplifting even after getting caught.
- Most non-professional
shoplifters don't commit other types of crimes. They'll
never steal an ashtray from your house and will return
to you a $20 bill you may have dropped. Their criminal
activity is restricted to shoplifting and therefore, any
rehabilitation program should be "offense-specific"
for this crime.
- Habitual shoplifters
steal an average of 1.6 times per week.
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