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NCJ Number: 121712 Find in a Library
Title: Rational vs. Nonrational Shoplifting Types: The Implications for Loss Prevention Strategies
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:33  Issue:3  Dated:(December 1989)  Pages:227-239
Author(s): G R Schlueter; F C O'Neal; J Hickey; G L Seiler
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article characterizes the shoplifting behavior of 132 adult middle class shoplifters as "rational," "nonrational," or "mixed," depending on the extent to which the subject's theft was calculated to achieve a goal.
Abstract: The findings suggest that though there are certain demographic differences between the types, there appears to be little difference between groups in terms of the types of stores targeted, the type of items stolen, the value of the items stolen, or the frequency of shoplifting incidents. It is suggested, therefore, that contrary to earlier research, nonrational types pose a significant threat to store security since they do not consider the possibilities of apprehension and once apprehended the experience does not change their attitudes toward shoplifting. It is speculated that preventive approaches to loss prevention utilizing highly visible uniformed officers might help to deter nonrational offenders. 8 tables, 6 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Shoplifting
Index Term(s): Loss controls; Psychological influences on crime
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