The Thanksgiving and Black Friday holiday mean that the crazy shopping season is here too, and that means that, inevitably, there will be people looking to take a five-finger discount on top of the already crazy deals.
According to Morningstar.com:
$13 billion worth of goods are stolen from U.S. stores annually, the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention estimates, and shoplifters are reportedly only caught every 48 times they shoplift; by then, a regular shoplifter has already stolen $1,800 worth of goods.
So retailers are fighting back. Nearly two dozen major U.S. stores apprehended 1.1 million shoplifters last year, an increase of 7% on the year before, according to the 25th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, a loss-prevention consulting firm. Over $138 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters in 2012, an increase of almost 23% from 2011.
Here's a look at some of the items shoplifters like to target most.
Cosmetics - makes sense, easy to pocket
Pregnancy tests - those are expensive...or so I hear
Baby formula - again makes sense
Men's razors - too expensive, if you ask me
Jewelry - duh.
Underwear - apparently ladies go and layer on a few pairs and then walk out with them all on
Condoms - I suppose. Too embarrassed to purchase them?
iPhone accessories - easy to pocket.