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NCJ Number: 74730 Find in a Library
Title: National Coalition To Prevent Shoplifting - Program Guide
Corporate Author: National Coalition to Prevent Shoplifting
5-A-5 Atlanta Merchandising Mart
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: National Coalition to Prevent Shoplifting
Atlanta, GA 30303
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79JSAX0016
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

National Coalition to Prevent Shoplifting
5-A-5 Atlanta Merchandising Mart
240 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide outlines a program for combating shoplifting which covers the extent of the crime; organizing the community against it; educating the public, especially youth; and gaining the cooperation of the criminal justice system and retailers.
Abstract: Business loses $8 billion to shoplifting every year, and 5 cents out of every consumer dollar is spent for shoplifting losses or prevention. Shoplifting prevention is described as the cooperation of retailers, the police, the courts, and consumers to stiffen lax prosecution of shoplifting; education of young people; and communication of the facts about shoplifting. An outline of shoplifting information includes survey responses of young people and retailers concerning shoplifting and shoplifting law. A plan to organize a community coalition to prevent shoplifting lists various community groups to contact and suggests some initial organizing step. The guide discusses an antishoplifting campaign that includes gaining community support, developing a plan of action entailing a statement of the problem, outlining the responsiblities of organizations involved, and evaluating the program for its effect on the incidence and public awareness of shoplifting. Components of an effective campaign will include surveying students about shoplifting attitudes (since most shoplifters are youths); surveying retailers about shoplifting losses and prevention; sponsoring a wide variety of youth education programs, such as field trips and lectures; educating adults about the impact of the crime; and engaging help of the police, the courts, and the media. Questionnaires and footnotes are included.
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; Shoplifting
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