TEACH CHILDREN the CONSEQUENCES of SHOPLIFTING
across the country is on the rise. Of the 23 million shoplifters
in the US, 25% are children under 18 years of age.
Shoplifting is a common element in the criminal history of countless
inmates and drug addicts. Yet many young people view shoplifting
as just a harmless game with no consequences.
But shoplifting is
It impacts not only the child and the retailer, but
also the family, law enforcement professionals, honest consumers
and the community. It can result in the child having a juvenile
record and limit their job opportunities. Juvenile shoplifters don’t
usually think about these consequences before shoplifting. That’s
why we’ve developed Shoplifting
Alarming Facts About Shoplifting
- Shoplifters steal over $20 billion worth of goods from retailers
- Shoplifting is America’s #1 property crime.
- 1 in 11 people shoplift. (There are approximately 23 million
shoplifters in the US. )
- 25% of these shoplifters are children. (That’s 5,750,000
children who are facing a life of crime.)
- 55% of adult shoplifters say they started shoplifting in their
- 86% of kids say they know other kids who shoplift. 66% say
they hang out with those kids
- 47% of high school students have shoplifted within the past
- Shoplifting often leads to more serious juvenile crime.
- Shoplifting spans all economic and cultural conditions.
- The vast majority of shoplifters are individuals who shoplift
not because of financial pressures, but because of social, peer
and personal pressure.
- The costs related to shoplifting are absorbed by the honest
consumer who pays higher prices to cover the loss of merchandise,
loss prevention measures, etc.
Sources: National Association of Shoplifting Prevention; "Why Do Shoplifters Steal?" by Peter Berlin; USA Weekend, Oct 16-18, 1998; Today's Coverage, May 26, 1998; Retail Theft Trends Report: A Snapshot of America, by Read Hayes, 1998.
IS Stealing!™ program offers a 20-minute
CD or DVD supported by related materials to teach children the consequences
of shoplifting. Research shows that successful shoplifting prevention
is achieved through early intervention and through the integrated
efforts of parents, law enforcement professionals, educators, retailers,
churches, families, friends and honest consumers. Members of this
Circle of Influence can have a profound effect on helping children
understand the consequences of making a choice to shoplift.
Early intervention is critical to prevent shoplifting. That's
why Shoplifting IS Stealing!™ targets children in grades 3 through junior high. The compelling
story of Shoplifting IS Stealing™ is also suitable for other age groups. It has
been successfully used with high school students…parent
groups…service clubs… chambers of commerce…merchant
Shoplifting IS Stealing!™
offers two different programs
- FAMILY PROGRAM for parents, grandparents or others to use individually
- COMMUNITY PROGRAM for organizations in the community, such
as schools, law enforcement, libraries, service organizations,
chambers of commerce, etc. to use with groups of children.
A 20-minute lesson - A lifetime of impact
IS Stealing!™ teaches viewers the cold, hard facts
about the widespread, costly crime of shoplifting. The story unfolds
through the eyes of 17-year-old Brian, a star athlete and good student
who is in a holding cell after being charged with his fourth shoplifting
offense. Because of the circumstances surrounding the latest offense,
Brian is now facing adult court - and the possible ruin of his college
dreams. Brian tells his cellmate how he got caught up in the spiraling
web of juvenile shoplifting and how he landed in the holding cell.
Brian flashes back over four different shoplifting incidents beginning
with the simple act of stealing candy when he was 11, giving in to
peer pressure by stealing a CD when he was 12, stealing a necklace
for a girlfriend’s birthday gift at 16 and finally at 17 being
apprehended with a group of friends for stealing from a convenience
store. The story includes the emotional, social and legal impact
that these shoplifting incidents had on him, his friends and his
family. The story teaches children (and adults) that:
- Shoplifting is stealing – not a game.
- Stealing is a crime with legal consequences.
- Shoplifting can negatively affect their lives - resulting in
embarrassment, court fees, fines, even a criminal record.
- Shoplifting costs their parents, retailers, honest consumers
and the community.
- Teach children the consequences of shoplifting. Order today.
Shoplifting costs retailers and honest consumers over $20 billion
a year in losses, loss prevention and increased prices. It can lead
children down the path of juvenile crime. You are uniquely positioned
to teach children the consequences of shoplifting. Order Shoplifting
IS Stealing™ now by clicking on the button below.
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