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Loss Prevention Information - Some Basic Shoplifting Statistics.

Retailers without a Loss Prevention program in place, or with an ineffective Loss Prevention program, are victims to one of the fastest growing crimes in the country - shoplifting. Shoplifting isn't just an impact on your business and bottom-line. Shoplifting burdens law enforcement personnel across the country, it adds to the overall costs of goods, and it takes money away from local schools and programs by cutting sales tax revenue. Shoplifters that aren't combatted by a strong Loss Prevention program aren't just hurting your business, they are hurting your family. No store is safe from shoplifting. Any business from a department store to a supermarket, drug stores, music stores, thrift shops, convienence stores, specialty shops, and more, are all victim to theft and retail crime.

Shoplifters don't fit into a "profile." Men and women have an equal chance to steal. The only way to properly detect shoplifters is by having a trained professional Loss Prevention agent. Three quarters of shoplifters after adults, over fifty percent of which started stealing in their teenage years. Shoplifters steal from the stores they buy from, often in the same visit. This is a tactic to help avoid suspicion from under-trained store security. The average per dollar theft is between $2 and $200, depending on the type of store.

Shoplifting outside of organized crime is not usually premeditated. Three quarters of adults and juveniles who shoplift don't plan on stealing. 9 out of 10 kids have a friend that shoplifts, with 70 percent of those hanging out with that friend often. People who shoplift say they are caught only 2 percent of the time.

After a sucessful steal, shoplifters get a "rush" or "high." A significant portion of shoplifters say this high is more of a reward than the items they stole. Drug addicts who are also addicted to shoplifting have described shoplifting as equally adicting as the drugs they used. This could explain who over half of shoplifters say it is hard for them to stop shoplifting — even after getting caught. Shoplifters that are habitual steal an average of 1.6 times a week.

Professional, organized criminals are responsible for over 10 percent of total dollars stolen, and this number continues to rise as organized crime looks to shoplifting as a quick and easy method of theft. International shoplifting gangs are one of the fastest growing groups of organized crime in world.

A solid Loss Prevention team is your only defense against this threat. Contact us today — Don't Become a Statistic.

Some Information and statistics provided by the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), a non-profit organization; www.shopliftingprevention.org.
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