• Shoplifters say they are caught on average of about once every 48 times they steal. They are turned over to police about 50 percent of the time.
• Shoplifting affects more than the offender. It overburdens the police and court systems, adds to a store’s security expenses, costs consumers more for goods, costs communities lost dollars in sales taxes, and hurts children and families.
• Chronic shoplifters steal an average of 1.6 times per week.
• There is no profile of a typical shoplifter. Males and females shoplift about equally as often.
• Your kids know kids who shoplift – 86 percent of kids say they know others who do and 65 percent say they hang out with those kids.
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Excerpted with permission from “Is Your Child Stealing? A Guide for Parents,” by the