Major indices finish lower amid GE earnings disappointment >>> READ MORE

The Most Shoplifted Items

A new study finds that shoplifters are getting more brazen


Shoplifters have hit retailers hard during the past year, according to a new study released by the National Retailer Federation.

Out of the 125 retail companies that completed the NRF’s “Organized Retail Crime Survey,” 96% said their company has been the victim of crime in the past year. That’s up from last year’s 94.5%.

“What this tells us is that as retailers and law enforcement become more aware of and more proactive in pursuing organized retail crime gangs, criminals have become more desperate and brazen in their efforts, stopping at nothing to get their hands on large quantities of merchandise,” NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Rich Mellor said in a news release. “Selling this stolen merchandise is a growing criminal enterprise and retailers must remain vigilant as this is an issue that involves everyone’s cooperation when it comes to protecting retailer’s assets, including their valued store associates and customers.”

Some items are easier to steal than others. And some items may be tricky to lift off shelves, but are considered worth the risk by some thieves.  Here’s a look at the items that are most likely to get swiped from shelves.


  • Cigarettes
  • Energy drinks
  • High-end liquor
  • Infant formula

Over-the-Counter Medication

  • Allergy medicine
  • Diabetic testing strips
  • Pain relievers
  • Weight loss pills

Health and Beauty

  • Electric toothbrushes and replacement heads
  • Lotions and creams
  • Pregnancy tests


  • High-end vacuums
  • Kitchen Aid mixers


  • Cell phones
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital recorders
  • GPS devices
  • Laptops
  • LCD monitors and TVs


  • Denim Jeans
  • Handbags
  • Designer clothing/denim

The study can be downloaded in its entirety at

Article printed from InvestorPlace Media,

©2017 InvestorPlace Media, LLC