In recent years, retailers have reported a sharp rise in shoplifting. This has led to some believing that there may be a surge in this type of crime, as people increasingly look to engage in such activities.
However, recent research has shown that these fears may be unfounded. According to data collected from a variety of sources, the rate of shoplifting has not been necessarily increasing. In fact, there has actually only been a slight increase in the rate of theft from retail environments.
This contrasts with what has been seen in other areas of crime. For instance, property crime and violent crime have both been on the rise in recent times. So, it may be the case that the fear of a shoplifting surge is running away from the facts.
Furthermore, the reasons behind any increase in shoplifting may be quite varied. As well as the obvious bringing of goods without paying, shoplifting could also be motivated by individual cases of people struggling financially or who have serious drug and alcohol issues. It is, therefore, important to gain a better understanding of the reasons behind this slight increase in the rate of shoplifting, rather than just jumping to conclusions.
In general, fears of a shoplifting surge appear to be premature. The rate of theft from retail premises has not been drastically increasing and there are a myriad of possible reasons why some people may resort to shoplifting. Further research into this phenomenon is needed, thus ensuring that retailers can adequately tackle the issue.