Is Shoplifting on the Rise?

A recent CBC documentary on ” The Secret World of Shoplifting” sheds a lot of light on what appears to be a rise in retail theft. Particularly interesting from a criminal defence lawyer’s point of view is the insight on the techniques and technology employed by retailers and shoplifters.

“The Economist” magazine has also published an article on Shoplifting statistics worldwide. It appears Canada ranks 8th worldwide for retail losses due to shoplifting. According to the “Global Retail Theft Barometer”, shoplifting is in on the rise, particularly in America and Europe. The hottest stolen items? Designer clothes and fashion accessories, with car and home-improvement products being second. As far as food items are concerned, luxury cooked meat is the most prized item for shoplifters in Europe… Ain’t that a slice!


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