Sticky Fingers: America's Most Stolen Items

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A new report shows that the recession has triggered a jump in shoplifting. CNN characterizes this as a "shocking" development, but it's not surprising given the economic climate. Some of the most frequently stolen items include perfume and cosmetics, cell phones and iPods for resale. What may be more surprising is the effect this has at the household spending level: store theft may be costing your family on average of $435 a year. Click on the video link to learn more.

15 comments:

Susan said...

that's quite interesting but sad at the same time... hope our economy will recover in the near future.
thanks for your sweet comment, dear!
have a lovely day, xoxo

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I witnessed someone slipped a giant sauce-pan under a jacket from William Sonoma store..."security...security!!!"
Lovely Sunday Darling~
xo*

Dream Sequins said...

Susan: It is indeed sad-- I'm surprised they aren't reporting more fashion-related items...

LENORENEVERMORE: That's kind of silly that someone was trying to slip a whole sauce-pan under the jacket. Were they pretending they had a sauce-pan-sized lump under there? ;)

Melissa Blake said...

It's amazing what people will try to steal! LOL

Bobbin Talk said...

I've seen people put on shirts or sweaters or other smaller items on and trying to walk out of Bergdorf!!!! But let me tell you they have hidden cameras EVERYWHERE and grab the person the second they step out of the door...
But I don't think Target or Wallmart have the same security measures.

Toothfairy said...

I've worked in a shoe store while I was in uni. I've experienced people stealing shoes and all, but they also steal ONE shoe! What are you going to do with ONE shoe?! That was so weird. I guess the thieves wanted to get each one from another store to pair them up... but... maybe not... I don't know, I'm not a thief, but it was def. strange! and LOW!


Have a great week ahead!
loves

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I'm not sure how people can feel okay with just taking something expensive like that. I mean, do they really feel no guilt? At all? Sigh.

Cafe Fashionista said...

I saw the management at my local Target chase some guy down the other day and throw him on the ground. Not sure what he was attempting to steal, but they were definitely serious about teaching him a lesson!

39th and Broadway said...

I remember working retail a decade ago. Teenagers were constantly shoplifting clothes, and especially accessories, just for the thrill of it!

By the way, I saw on CNN that home invasions and burglaries were down, because so many unemployed people are home all day and houses are not sitting empty. Not sure if this was suppose to be good or bad news...

Gabbi said...

It's so sad and real life scary. I remember how bad crime was in the 80's, during the worst of the recession. And it's frightening how much crime and domestic violence are going up with this economy.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Seriously stealing cheese and razors? Sigh, sad.

Oh and I would not put a hunk of meat in my purse.

Some guy behind me in Michael's NYC was pissed about the long lines and said out loud before he stormed off "This service is ridiculous and I'm taking this (random bag of candy)"

Dream Sequins said...

OMG you guys. I am loving these shoplifting tales. This might have to be a whole other post! Keep your stories coming.

Hanako66 said...

it's horrible!

vitaMinn style said...

I actually saw a mom once forcing her little kid to hide a shirt by sitting on it in a shopping cart. I was so shocked I wasn't able to do anything but stare... with mouth open in disbelief!

Diana said...

I could see why people are desperate for money and stealing electronics, but stealing meat and cheese is sad. There are tons of organizations and government help that can get people food. People should just swallow their pride and ask for help rather than stealing!

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