The Most Shoplifted Things in America Are ...
Some Are Sad (Diabetic Testing Strips and Baby Formula) and Some Are Just Puzzling (KitchenAid Mixers and TVs?!)
OK, we wanna know: how, exactly, does someone shoplift a KitchenAid mixer? The hefty kitchen appliance isn't something you can shove in your pocket or easily sneak out the door at Target, yet, according to a new survey, it is among the most shoplifted items in America.
ABC News reports that a new survey from the National Retail Federation suggests shoplifting is at an all-time high: 96 percent of companies say they're victims of theft, which is a 94.5 percent increase from last year.
"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, says in the report.
Which explains why people are snagging big-ticket items like KitchenAid mixers, though still not how they're doing it.
Among the other most-shoplifted items, as per the NRF report:
- Pain relievers
- Weight loss pills
- Pregnancy tests
- Diabetic testing strips
- High-end vacuum cleaners
- LCD monitors and TVs
- GPS devices
- Cell phones
- Designer clothing
- Digital cameras
- Electric toothbrushes and replacement heads
- Energy drinks
- Baby formula
- Expensive liquor
The NRF says foil-lined purses, boxes and signal jammers are among the crafty thieves' tools, which, again, might help with smaller items, but it's still tough to imagine how people skip out of Walmart with the big box of a KitchenAid mixer or a TV under their arms.