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The following information on shoplifting includes facts, advice on consequences, and listing of online resources.
Chronic shoplifters steal an average of 1.6 times per week.
Most shoplifters steal due to societal or personal pressures not of finical need or greed.
Shoplifters say they are caught about once for every 48 times they steal.
Shoplifting overburdens the police and court systems, add to the stores expense costs consumers more, and hurts children and families.
There is no profile on a typical shoplifter; males and females shoplift about as equally as often.
Your kids know kids who shoplift, 86% of kids say they know others who shoplift.
Advice on Consequences
Apologize in person, in writing, or both to the people he/she stole from.
If you choose to limit your child's privileges, make sure it is something that you have control over and can follow through on.
Make the offender pay for the price of the merchandise.
Have the offender volunteer his/her time in the community.
Online Shoplifting Resources
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