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What Are the Most Shoplifted Items in America?

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It appears that in the wake of a weak economy shoplifting has become more widespread than it was just under a decade ago.

According to a recent survey by the National Retail Foundation, 96 percent of retailers reported being victims of organized retail crime within the past 12 months, with nearly 90 percent of them reporting that shoplifting rates in their stores have significantly increased over the last three years.

The most commonly shoplifted items are those goods in high demand that criminals can sell for near retail price. Drug store items like diabetic testing strips, infant formula, and high-end liquor make up the top three most commonly stolen items. While things like pregnancy tests, energy drinks and cigarettes, all fall in the top 10.

Retailers also report that items like denim jeans and designer clothing are also highly targeted, as well as cell phones, handbags, and digital cameras.

The survey also shows that organized retail crime is most common in the areas of Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

Top 20 Most Shoplifted Items

1. Diabetic Testing Strips
Infant Formula
High End Liquor
Allergy Medicine
Pain Relievers
Pregnancy Tests
Energy Drinks
Denim Jeans
Designer Clothing
Weight Loss Pills
Electric Toothbrushes and Replacement Heads
Lotions and Creams
Cell Phones
High End Vacuum Cleaners
LCD Monitors and Televisions
Kitchen Aid Mixers
Digital Recorders
Digital Cameras

[The Huffington Post]

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