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What Is Shoplifting?

  • Shoplifting is the act of stealing property or goods that are being sold or on display at a retail business; "The retail store on the corner hired undercover security to reduce it's shoplifting problem"
  • Shoplifting is theft of property or goods from a retail establishment. The crime of shoplifting is typically handled by first store security then the police and the courts.

Impact Of Shoplifting

Shoplifting is not a victimless crime and is one of the most prominent threats for retail businesses. Shoplifting costs retail businesses approximately $13 billion a year. Unfortunately this cost of shoplifting is passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices. Due to the enormous cost associated with shoplifting, retail businesses have to spend more money on high-tech surveillance systems and, of course, on security teams to operate and monitor the shoplifting surveillance systems and to survey, prevent and intercept shoplifting incidents. Most retail businesses have zero-tolerance policies towards shoplifting and will press charges no matter the cost of the goods shoplifted. Between the advancement of anti-shoplifting surveillance technology and aggressive prosecution of shoplifters, the shoplifting rate has reduced.

How To File A Lost Shoplifting Police Report

The first step in any occurrence of theft is to report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it gets confiscated and helps with an insurance claim process on the account an official police report is required to file a claim.

Here are the general steps to file a police report:

  1. Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
  2. Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
  3. Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
  4. While creating a stolen property police report it's important to provide the theft detective or clerk with as many details as possible, especially the item's serial number, any identifying marks or stickers. Also include when, where and how the item was stolen.
  5. Once you have completed the report, be sure to obtain a copy and retain it for follow-up and recovery.

It's important to file a police report for theft, no matter how big, small or valuable the stolen item is, because it helps the police know a thief's (or thieves) M.O. and to control theft by using crime data to increase patrol in areas with a high or rising crime rate. Sometimes an area's theft rate can skyrocket because people don't report theft incidents because the stolen item isn't of high monetary value. This is called petty theft and is how a petty thief can continue stealing because the police are not made aware of their activity.

How To Report A Lost Shoplifting Online

Get the world on your case! Here are the steps to create an online Lost Shoplifting report for free:

  1. If not yet registered, click the "Register" link at the top right-hand side of the page or click the "Report" button at page top.
  2. Enter your information and click the "Register" button.
  3. Open the email account used for registration, open the verification email and click the link in the email body or copy and paste it in your browser address bar and press the "Enter" or "Return" key.
  4. Log in to the Stolen Lost Found Online website
  5. Click the "Report" link in the main navigation bar or the "Report" button at page top.
  6. Select the appropriate category.
  7. Select the appropriate sub-category.
  8. Select to post as Lost.
  9. Enter as much information about the Lost Shoplifting as possible - the make, model and serial number are especially important. Also helpful are any identifying marks and photos if available.
  10. Click the "Submit" button.

That's it. Once the Lost Shoplifting report is submitted it will post on Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. By reporting online you literally make a world of difference for recovering your Lost Shoplifting, long into the future.

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