According to the National Shoplifting Prevention Coalition, over $13 Billion worth of goods and merchandise is stolen from stores in the United States each year. This breaksdown to over $35 Million worth of goods shoplifted each day. Due to the loss of merchandise, impact to the stores business, and rising cost, shoplifting affects the typical American family about $400 a year. In the State of Illinois, up to $1.5 Billion worth of items is stolen each year.
Criminal justice officials and security professionals estimate that 3 percent of all shoplifting is done by organized crime groups or professionals shoplifters who steal the goods for resale and profit.
Source: “$7 million shoplifting case shines light on crime’s bottom line,” ABC 7 Chicago, March 6, 2014.