The National Retail Federation study reports that the slow economy has caused businesses to reduce security jobs and as a result, more people are shoplifting and stealing. In 2011, retail theft losses totaled over $32 billion. Additionally, the National Retail Federal found that close to 95 percent of retailers reported being the victim of organized theft, 6 percent higher than last year and up 10 percent up from 2007.
The FBI states organized theft is the nation’s fastest growing crime. Organized retail theftconsists of a coordinated theft in which “boosters” steal items and “fencers” sell stolen goods back to online stores. This crime is growing in Chicago, where area retail stores are numerous.
As a result, the increased security and vigilance can result in overzealous prosecutions. Additionally, innocent people are stopped, searched, seized, arrested and unfairly prosecuted.
If you or a loved on has been arrested for theft, retail theft, shoplifting, fraud or organized retail crime it is important to protect yourself and your future. Purav Bhatt is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties. His office is located in Lincolnwood near many Chicago, Skokie and Rolling Meadows courthouses.
Please contact Mr. Bhatt at 773-791-9682 if you would like to discuss your theft, retail theft,shoplifting, fraud or organized retail crime matter.
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