Recession Sparks Global Shoplifting Spree

A few days ago I came across an interesting article from Time.com describing a growing, global shoplifting trend.  Here is an excerpt:

 “The global recession isn’t just making jobs scarce and tightening spending — it’s also turning more people into thieves. According to an annual survey released on Tuesday, incidents of shoplifting rose nearly 6% over the past year, representing nearly $115 billion in losses for businesses. One of the more surprising findings: a growing number of new shoplifters are outwardly reputable, middle-class people who are walking off with French cheeses, quality meats, cosmetics, mobile phones, clothing and other goodies that they feel they need to maintain a quality of life they can no longer afford. “

Read more: http://bit.ly/4rrhoQ

It brought home the point that a new prevention-focus approach is needed to attack this problem.  As a Security Practitioners I’m challenging myself to come with creative ideas to attack the underlying causes of shoplifting.  You’re welcome to share your own ideas.

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