The holiday season also means
shoplifting season but it's not a victim-less crime.
You end up paying the price at
Shoplifting costs retailers
billions of dollars a year and police say the holiday season is prime time for
The weeks leading up to Christmas
are some of the busiest days for shoppers. They're also some of the
busiest days for thieves.
Shoplifting is one of the most
prevalent crimes in the U.S.
"It's about a $13 billion
dollars a year business that affects the consumers, the retailers and it drives
the prices up for the consumer," said police Detective Bo Beck.
It drives the prices up because
retailers are forced to raise their prices to make up for losses.
That means honest consumers wind
up paying more.
Experts say price inflation from
retail theft costs an average family several hundred dollars a year.
"I think it's a terrible
thing we have to bear the brunt of that kind of thing," said shopper Bill
The National Association for
Shoplifting Prevention says most shoplifters are not caught, and only about
half who are caught are prosecuted due to the cost to follow up on the cases.
Clothing is stolen most
frequently. But police say shoplifters target higher-end merchandise in
hopes of selling it on the street.
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