A recent article on msn.com discusses the increased proliferation of shoplifting and the subsequent costs incurred on suppliers. Heading into the busy holiday shopping season, two recently released reports state that theft costs are starting to become a national problem and a growing financial burden. Companies must spend more money on surveillance equipment, training, and the legal costs associated with theft.
According to the 16th Annual Retail Theft Survey by Jack L. Hayes International, nearly $2 billion was lost to shoplifting and employee theft in 24 U.S. retail companies in 2003. Retail theft -- both by employees and shoplifters -- increased 4.7 percent last year from 2002.
Increased shoplifting is causing an increase in supplier costs which in turn could result in higher prices for consumers.