Why Our Sour Economy Is Causing More Shoplifting

Shoplifting is an expensive problem that everybody pays the price for. It hurts you in several ways. Shoplifting is the practice of stealing merchandise from retail establishments. Unfortunately, shoplifting is a serious and persistent problem for most retailers. Shoplifting involves carrying, concealing, or otherwise manipulating any merchandise out of the store with the intent of stealing it. Shoplifting laws also consider it illegal to modify price tags, commit refund fraud, remove a shopping cart or any other commercial property from a store location, or intentionally using an illegal form of payment.

Shoplifting can occur by wearing articles in plain view once the tags are removed. Shoplifting can occur by conversion like when consuming food prior to being purchased. Shoplifting is a misdemeanor. A first offense usually results in charges being dropped. Shoplifting doesn’t send a message that citizens are pissed off, you idiot. It sends a message that people are either self-entitled or drug addicts.

Shoplifting also reduces inventories, so consumers might not find the items they want at a particular store and take their business elsewhere. Shoplifting occurs an estimated one million times each day in the United States alone, but it is a global problem. As we shall see, it causes tremendous harm. Shoplifting can consume a large proportion of police resources in processing offenders whom store security staff have detained. Indeed, the main police role in regard to this offense is to channel shoplifters caught by private security into the criminal justice system.

Shoplifting and burglary crews target retail goods that are easy to resell quickly, like baby formula, OTC medications and apparel. The crew members are often professional shoplifters or burglars who earn their living through this kind of work. Shoplifting costs businesses billions of dollars every year. To enable store owners to recoup some of their losses, most states have enacted civil recovery or civil demand statutes. Shoplifters are another story. They account for more than $10 billion of loss a year!

Shoplifting, after all, is a misdemeanor unless prosecutors can prove the thieves stole enough merchandise to cross felony thresholds or transported large caches of loot across state lines. Maxx stores up and down the East Coast out of as much as $600,000. Shoplifting has gone up because people don’t see it as wrong, but fun. The media, consumer programmes and consumer watchdogs spread a mistrust of retailers leading people to believe that they are being ripped off, and getting a poor deal.

Retailers are concerned the Government and police do not have adequate mechanisms to deal with the increase in e-crime. Retailers face declining sales, and some are choosing to reduce security staff, according to retail and loss prevention experts.

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Hundreds of stores across the country are being shut down, and several retailers have filed for bankruptcy protection, scenarios that tend to lure more crooks. Retailers believe the reductions were a result of economic stability during the period, improved policing and their own spending on crime prevention.The BRC survey also shows the growth of Internet fraud as online retailing expands. Almost all of the retailers selling online who took part in the survey suffered at least once incidence of fraud in the past year.

Increasingly, police here and elsewhere are running into professional shoplifting rings, many of them from out of state, that target retail hubs with easy access to major highways. In a matter of seconds, police say, a team of these thieves can wipe out entire shelves of merchandise. Increased amounts of stress always make people act out in certain ways. They panic or they get desperate so they steal or try to escape with the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

Locally, the Post reports that shoplifting arrests are up “nearly every month this year” in Alexandria, Va. In Tysons Corner, Va., police say they’ve arrested 40 on shoplifting charges in the past three weeks but provide no word on whether that number is up or down. Local partnerships may want to consider promoting active transport solutions such as walking and cycling on the basis of cost-saving rather than health promotion.

Employee theft sums were more than 5.6 times greater per incident, averaging $1,842. The total value recovered, including customer and employee theft, was $3 billion. Employees know the inner workings of their company. They know who’s watching what and also what isn’t being watched.

Retail theft causes alot of problems with the community and economy. It can also get you in alot of trouble! Retail Theft is an ever-increasing problem that diminishes local retailers profits and raises prices for local consumers. For every item that is stolen from retail stores, ten of the same items have to be sold to make up for the loss.

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