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Why Do Shoplifters Steal And Why Do So Many Continue To Steal Even Atter Getting Caught Is it need or is it greedor is itsomething entirely different that tempts approximately 23 million people to steal from retail stores each year Except for the drug addicts and hardened professionals who steal for resale and profit as a business most shoplifters are decent people who are otherwise law abiding citizens The vast majority of adult offenders have no idea about how or why they become a thief or why they continue to shoplift even after getting caught Retailers police prosecutors and judges see thousands of apprehended shoplifters who dont fit the profile of a typical criminal For example they dont use shoplifting paraphernalia they dont use drugs they carry proper identification they have no prior criminal record except perhaps for shoplifting they dontassociate with known criminals they dont steal for resale they usually have the money to pay for the items they stole they frequently have a job and a family they steal things they dont really need and often dont use they know what they did was wrong and frequently feel ashamed and remorseful Their overall lifestyle is not that of a typical thief or criminal Retailers law enforcement and the courts process these people through the criminal justice system as they should but with little understanding of why they committed the offense and what kind of treatment is appropriate to help reduce recidivism Presented below is a brief explanation of why these people steal and what needs to be done to help reduce the problem In simple and concise terms TO GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING But you must ask yourself why do they want something for nothing While we all like to get things for free and the stores are constantly promoting and placing merchandise on SALE to generate excitement about getting a bargain you and I
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