Shoplifting Among Students

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Shoplifting Among Students| Fall 1974
Journal of Retailing : Volume 50, Number 3| [Type the document subtitle]|

In 1974, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Amin El-Dirghami published an article titled “Shoplifting Among Students” in the Fall issue of the Journal of Retailing. She began by stating that shoplifting among students has reached a point where more efforts should be directed toward dealing with the issue. Shoplifting in the United States had increased by 221 percent in the 1960s. Shoplifting was estimated to be the cause of 15 to 33 percent of stock shortages, which was valued between .7 and 1.7 billion dollars per year. Shoplifting permeates all demographics and is irrespective of sex, age, race, locality, income and social class. However, in a past study, approximately 50 percent of shoplifters are under the age of twenty years old, with juvenile females making up 24 percent, juvenile makes 24 percent, adult females 38.2 percent and adult males 17.1 percent. Studies have shown that the majority of shoplifting occurs between 2 and 6 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. As motives for committing this crime have been researched, adversity and financial problems were found to have very little to do with shoplifting. Researchers consider alienation, rebellion, moral decline and excitement as major factors contributing to the increase in shoplifting. With the increase of shoplifting being prevalent, many retailers are forced to charge higher prices to compensate for stolen merchandise, plus the cost of implementing security systems to minimize the threat of stolen merchandise. This article aimed to measure the magnitude of shoplifting among high school and college students and compare the attitudes of student shoplifters and nonshoplifters towards shoplifting, while also trying to identify the characteristics of student shoplifters. In order to formulate conclusions, this study formulated two...
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