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Shoplifting Theft Investigations & Internal Theft Investigations in York, PA

For a few of your employees, the above picture simply represents opportunities. Lots of opportunities. Opportunities that they can’t pass up. From sweetheart deals or no rings at the register to merchandise leaving through the back door with the trash, you are not immune. We offer shoplifting theft investigations & internal theft investigations to prevent professional & non-professional theft of your property & assets near York PA.


These are the people who make up the majority of shoplifters and who steal for a variety of reasons, mostly related to common life situations and their personal ability (or inability) to cope. They include people who are depressed, frustrated, anxious, influenced by peers, thrill-seekers or kleptomaniacs.

Non-professional shoplifting is rarely about greed or poverty. It’s about individuals struggling with personal conflicts and needs. These individuals know right from wrong, they know there are consequences and they often have the money to pay, but they continue to steal anyway. These people often steal items they don’t need and sometimes don’t use. They usually have the money to pay for the item, rarely plan their theft in advance and never try to sell the item for profit.

While many non-professional shoplifters steal from stores on a regular basis, they usually have no prior criminal record (except perhaps for shoplifting) and are typically the kind of people who don’t commit other types of crimes. Their behavior is less related to criminal intent and more the result of situational, emotional or psychological problems in need of attention.

Psychological profiles and admissions by shoplifters revealed that 1 out of 3 shoplifters are “at-risk” of repeating the offense even after getting caught. Research shows that nationwide there are thousands of shoplifters who continually repeat the offense and want to stop…but can’t. Their shoplifting has become a habit or even an addiction, and they are too ashamed or afraid to tell anyone or ask for help. Other shoplifters simply deny they have a problem of any kind.

Professional shoplifters

These are addicts who steal to buy drugs or hardened criminals who steal for resale and profit as a life-style. These individuals frequently commit other types of crimes and lack any conscience or guilt. To deal with these shoplifters, the approach here is either a drug treatment program or jail.


Below are the results of survey participants from 25 large retail companies with 23,250 stores and over $700 billion in retail sales (2014)

  • Apprehensions: 1,272,560 shoplifters and dishonest employees were apprehended in 2014, up 7.1% from 2013.
  • Recovery Dollars: Over $225 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters and dishonest employees in 2014, up 10.4% from 2013.
  • Shoplifter Apprehensions: 1,192,194 shoplifters were apprehended in 2014, up 7.4% from 2013.
  • Shoplifter Recovery Dollars: Over $159 million was recovered from apprehended shoplifters in 2014, an increase of 7.5% from 2013. An additional $82.5 million was recovered from shoplifters where no apprehension was made, up a significant 15.2% from 2013.
  • Employee Apprehensions: 80,366 dishonest employees were apprehended in 2014, up 1.7% from 2013.
  • Employee Recovery Dollars: Over $66 million was recovered from employee apprehensions in 2014, up 18.1% from 2013.
  • One out of every 38 employees was apprehended for theft from their employer in 2014. (Based on over 3.0 million employees.)
  • On a per case average, dishonest employees steal over 6 times the amount stolen by shoplifters ($825.36 vs $133.80).

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